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Banquet Tickets


Midstate REMSCO EMS Recognition Banquet Hart’s Hill Inn Friday May 22, 2015 cocktails at 6 dinner at 7.  Tickets are available at the EMS Office, 14 Foery Drive Utica or St. Luke’s Resource.  Tickets are $22.00 each or table of 8 for $150.00. 



Presented by Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center

June 4th & 5th 2015 / 8:00AM – 4:00PM

American Legion Hall, 84 Grand Street, Highland, NY 12528

Intense and High Quality Training in Supervision

Presenter/Facilitator – Jon Politis, MPA, NREMT-P

This course qualifies for NREMT Category 7, 2 CME Credits
Registration is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.  Reduced rate for early registration.


Midstate Recognition awards application deadline (noon May1) is rapidly  approaching. Applications are available on line under the Midstate EMS banner.  Our Regional Applications will be forwarded to the DOH for state consideration.  Applications can be faxed (315 738-8981) or emailed to remsco@midstateems.org

Prehospital Medicine & Trauma Teaching Day


From Tim Dodge Verona Fire Department Chief Gerald Pedersen Oneida Co. Deputy Director of Emergency Services

It is with a heavy heart and I am deeply saddened to report that our brother Fire Fighter and Lieutenant of the Verona Fire Department lost his courageous battle with Cancer yesterday. Rob Urtz has dedicated over twenty years in the fire service with the Verona Fire Department. But his efforts did not end there. He also worked with Oneida county in developing the Western Oneida County training center located in Verona and served as the liaison for FASNY and State Chiefs as they held their show annually at the Turning Stone Casino.

Please help in sending Rob off for his last call honorably. Calling hours will be Saturday April 4th from 2 to 6 pm at Ironside funeral home Main St. Oneida. Funeral will be held Monday April 6th at 10 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Main St. Oneida. The Verona Fire Department is asking any departments wishing to show their respects to line Main St. in Oneida with apparatus and members from St. Patrick’s church to route 5 Monday morning beginning at 8 am. Verona Fire Engine 2 carrying our brother fire fighter and his family (followed by 4 busses carrying family, friends and Fire department members) will take this route following services to the cemetery. There will NOT be a procession to the cemetery as the cemetery can not accommodate all of the apparatus.

Thank you in advance for your support in our time of loss. If you will be attending the funeral Monday or have any further questions regarding these arrangements please direct them to Ricky Johnson @ 762-7420 or e-mail SBFDCAR1@gmail.com<mailto:SBFDCAR1@gmail.com>

Last Chance for June Rapid Recert

Paramedic and Critical Care June Rapid Recertification.  Application DOH form 4010 original has to be the office noon on April 13.  Participants must also provide documentation of the 13 hour National Standard BLS updates, NIMS 100 (Paramedic 200) and 700 as well as HazMat awareness.  The PSE is June 13 and the written exam is June 18, 2015.  The DOH will not accept faxed application – must have original signatures- 


Special Midstate REMSCO meeting Monday March 30, 2015 @7PM

Due to technical issues, the recordings of the March 24, 2015 Midstate REMSCO meetings are not available. The Midstate REMSCO will conduct a special meeting on Monday March 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM to discuss and vote on the 3 emergency CON requests received and discussed at the regular meeting March 24. Please make every attempt to attend this vitally important Statutory meeting.

Fentanyl Overdose Information


The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide alert on Fentanyl as threat to health and public safety yesterday.

The alert warns the public about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds and provides information about a current increase in overdoses related to these substances. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased. The alert was issued through the multi-agency El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) to all U.S. law enforcement.

Some recent examples of the fentanyl surge across the United States include the following:

  • New Hampshire State Laboratory recently reported four fentanyl overdose deaths within a two-month period.
  • New Jersey saw a huge spike in fentanyl deaths in 2014, reporting as many as 80 in the first six months of the fiscal year.
  • Rhode Island and Pennsylvania have also seen huge increases since 2013. In a 15-month period, about 200 deaths were reported in Pennsylvania related to fentanyl.
  • In the St. Louis area, based on information provided by medical examiners over a 10-year period, fentanyl was the only drug attributed as a primary death factor in 44 percent of overdose cases.
  • In June 2014, DEA New York dismantled a heroin and fentanyl network and arrested the two heads of the organization. These individuals were linked to at least three overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl they sold.

Charles W. Morgan, MD, FASAM, FAAFP, DABAM

Acting Medical Director

New York State Office of Alcoholism  and Substance Abuse Services