EMT Original and Refresher Course

The Woodgate Fire Department is hosting a Basic Original and Refresher Emergency Medical Technician Class starting January 5, 2015 the class will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings 6-10PM.  Some Saturday sessions are planned.  Dave Berkstresser is the Instructor and the State Certification exam is scheduled for Thursday May 21, 2015.  Register on-line or call 315 738-8351.

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

Herkimer County EMS Ebola Update

Herkimer County EMS Rescue and Emergency Service Agencies are invited to a brief informal “Ebola Update” Monday November 10, 7PM at Little Falls Hospital. 

Wednesday November 5

The Phone and internet service for the Midstate EMS Offices and Faxton St. Luke’s EMS will be interrupted tomorrow Wednesday Nov 5, as we move to our new offices.  Phones and internet are expected to be in service Thursday morning.


The Madison Fire Department will host this presentation at the fire house 7362 St Rt 20 on Tuesday December 2 at 7PM.  Bob MacKenzie AEMT-P, CIC will discuss and review the emergency services inter action care and transportation of the Amish community.  RSVP Erik Merrell by November 25 at (315) 723-2012 or ecmemt324@hotmail.com


The Madison Fire Department will host a EMS Situational Awareness Class on Sunday December 7th at the Firehouse in Madison.  EMS, Fire and Rescue providers are welcome the class will start at 1300 and is expected to end at 1700.  Register with Erik Merrell no later than December 1, 2014 at (315) 723-2012 or ecmemt324@hotmail.com


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