Ebola Update Oct 22, 2014 9AM

Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:42 PM

Subject: WEBINAR: Ebola Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services – Wednesday, October 22– 3 – 4 pm EDT

Dear Colleague,

Please join the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other federal agency staff for a webinar focusing on EMS Ebola preparedness. Please share this invite widely.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT

ASPR and CDC staff will discuss the previously developed and distributed Detailed Emergency Medical Services Checklist for Ebola Preparedness, which highlights activities that EMS agencies and systems should consider to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS agencies to review in preparation for a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure agencies are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

Additionally, CDC collaborated with staff and representatives from the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) to develop Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Systems and 911 PSAPs. FICEMS staff will discuss this guidance, intended for use by managers to understand and explain to staff how to respond and stay safe and by individual providers to respond to suspected Ebola patients and to stay safe.

The purpose of this webinar is to further explain these documents and address any questions that you may have.  Staff from several FICEMS member agencies will field questions. FICEMS includes representatives from ASPR, CDC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs, the U.S. Fire Administration, an appointed State EMS Director and other agencies. 

Please note that we will ONLY be taking live questions via the webinar Q&A feature during this event. Due to the expected high volume of questions, we will not be able to address all questions during the call.

You can access this webinar via the following call-in and URL information:

Dial in numbers:



Toll Numbers

Toll Free Number





Restrictions may exist when accessing freephone/toll free numbers using a mobile telephone.

For Participants:
URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
Conference number: PW9051596
Audience passcode: 1552858
Participants can join the event directly at:

**The Department of Health and Human Services is making every attempt to ensure that an adequate number of conference lines are available.  Additional information on accessing this webinar may be forthcoming at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ems-call.aspx.

Please note: A recording and transcript will be made available and placed on http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ems-call.aspx.

**In an effort to maximize availability of call-in lines, please consider joining this webinar with multiple colleagues on one computer.


Division of Health System Policy


Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building

200 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024



EMS Ebola Update

Information related to EMS response to Ebola is changing constantly this link will provide EMS Providers with the latest Ebola information.  It is imperative that providers protect themselves from this virus while treating any  potential Ebola patient

 signs and symptoms 

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)




All Midstate Hospitals have plans to handle these patients it is critical that we give the hospitals a early notification and prepare to follow receiving hospital instructions (alternate entrance, etc.)


EMS Guidelines from the CDC have been mailed to all Midstate Agencies, if they are not posted ask your EMS Director. 


Original and Re-Certification EMT class starting December 1, course will test May 21 and will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings 630-10PM.  This course will include college breaks.  Register on line at midstateems.org or call Bill at 738-8351

Identification of Stroke in the Field: Nov 12,2014





14 Foery Drive Utica NY

After years of leasing office and classroom space, the EMS Programs of Faxton St. Luke’s and the Midstate Regional ems Offices finally have a home. Our “new” location offers 2 large classrooms a conference room storage and lab space. A 60 car parking lot will eliminate the problems we have faced at the Burrstone Road location.

The Faxton St. Luke’s Course Sponsorship, The EMS Program Agency and the Midstate REMSCO will move in on Wednesday and Thursday Nov 5 and 6, during the move we will have limited phone and email service, any urgent messages should be to Resource (624-6287) they will forward to the appropriate person.

Email address, Phone and fax numbers will remain unchanged all Regional meetings and DOH certification exams will take place at Foery Drive after November 10, 2014.

Our new mailing address:

Faxton St. Luke’s EMS Midstate EMS Region

14 Foery Drive 14 Foery Drive

Utica NY 13501 Utica NY 13501

Directions to EMS, 14 Foery Drive, Utica, NY

From 2377 Genesee St. (corner of Genesee and Beverly Place), Utica:
travel east onto Beverly Place, bear right onto Fairview Drive, and continue right (dead end) onto Foery Drive.  Arrive at brick building.

Biological Terrorism Training

This course will introduce emergency services personnel to the CDC threat classification system and the potential biological agents that may be employed during a terrorist incident. This course discusses the historical usage of bio-agents, provides a biological agent overview, and provides information on CDC recommended PPE, routes of transmission, incubation periods, signs and symptoms, treatment, potential production equipment, and recognizing and responding to a potential Incident suggestions. While terrorism related, the core fundamentals discussed during the class are the same for a naturally occurring outbreak.

Designed for All Emergency Responders (an EMS background is beneficial but not required) Course length 4 hours

Homeland Security Training Center in Oriskany.

Date: November 20, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Instructor: David Sayles

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local partners, aim to increase understanding of Ebola and encourage U.S.-based EMS agencies and systems to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. Every EMS agency and system, including those that provide non-emergency and/or inter-facility transport, should ensure that their personnel can detect a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, protect themselves so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. Many of the signs and symptoms of Ebola are non-specific and similar to those of other common infectious diseases such as malaria, which is commonly seen in West Africa. Transmission of Ebola can be prevented by using appropriate infection control measures.
This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure the agency is able to help its personnel detect possible Ebola cases, protect those personnel, and respond appropriately.
Now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals infected with Ebola virus in West Africa may travel to the U.S., develop signs or symptoms of Ebola , and seek medical care from EMS personnel.
EMS agencies, in conjunction with their medical directors, should review infection control policies and procedures and incorporate plans for administrative, environmental, and communication measures.
The checklist format is not intended to set forth mandatory requirements or establish national standards. It is a list of activities that can help each agency prepare. Each agency is different and should adapt this document to meet its specific needs. In this checklist, EMS personnel refers to all persons, paid and volunteer who provide pre-hospital emergency medical services and have the potential for direct contact exposure (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with an Ebola patient’s blood or body fluids, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, or contaminated environmental surfaces.
This detailed checklist for EMS is part of a suite of HHS checklists. This guidance is only for EMS agencies and systems; the CDC’s Interim guidance for EMS includes information for individual providers and for 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points.
CDC is available 24/7 for consultation by calling the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 770-488-7100 or via email at eocreport@cdc.gov. Midstate EMS Agency Directors have received the checklist


The Newport Fire Department is hosting an Original and Refresher Basic Emergency Medical Technician Course starting tonight.  The class meets 6;30 PM Tuesday and Thursday evenings and occasional Saturdays.  The certification exam is March 19, 2015.  Registration has been removed from the web site late registration will be accepted tonight at the Fire Station

Crouse: 5th Annual Fall EMS Teaching Day