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 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


Respiratory Virus Update


Phyllis D. Ellis, FACHE
Director of Health


Dear Community Partners,
The rare respiratory virus known as Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, is part of the family of viruses that
includes the common cold and continues to cause severe respiratory illness in hundreds of children across
about a dozen states. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs,
sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are confirmed laboratory cases of Enterovirus D68 in Central New York and the Oneida County
Health Department and the county’s hospitals are prepared to respond if the virus presents in Oneida County.
There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68, however, there are ways to help reduce the risk of infection.
You can help protect yourself and those you serve from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
 Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds;
 Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
 Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick;
 Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick; and
 Stay out of crowds, and home from work or school, if you feel ill.
Most children infected with this virus will appear to have a cold, with runny nose, sneezing and cough, which
will resolve itself with rest and symptom management. There are not any antiviral medications available to
treat the virus. Some children, especially those with asthma and other health problems, are at higher risk of
complications and may need to be hospitalized to receive intensive treatment of the symptoms. Since those
with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, they should regularly take prescribed medicines and
maintain control of their illness during this time, with their health care provider. They should also take
advantage of influenza vaccine since children and adults with asthma have a difficult time with respiratory
The Oneida County Health Department has formed an internal response team to monitor guidance from the
New York State Department of Health and the CDC to coordinate a response with external partners.
Surveillance activities are ongoing to identify potential outbreaks. Schools should treat this the same way
they treat flu in regards to absenteeism policies.
For additional Information, please view the CDC link


The Oriskany Fire Department is hosting a EMS Intranasal Naloxone use class Thursday September 17 at 7PM at the Oriskany Fire Station.  Questions contact Oriskany Unit 4 Jeff Midlam

Image Trend Presentation

In light of the upcoming National and New York State changes to electronic PCRs, and information that emsCharts users will soon need to consider other e-PCR vendors, Midstate EMS is taking this opportunity to explore how a more regionally coordinated e-PCR system may be a better approach to collecting and coordinating EMS data for the Region. To that end, Midstate has invited Image Trend – the e-PCR vendor used by other EMS Regions in NYS, the NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma, and over 30 other States across the Country – to provide a demonstration of its products and capabilities to the EMS services of the Midstate Region. The demonstration will be at the Regional EMS Offices 1705 Burrstone Road, Tuesday September 16 at 7PM.

NYS Intelligence Liaison Program

EMS/Fire Responders will develop a new level of situational awareness and increase both your crew and personal safety. The 2 hour program will take place at the Midstate EMS Offices 1705 Burrstone Road, New Hartford at 7PM on Wednesday September 17.  Topics will include terrorism threat overview and attack cycles, Signs and Behaviors associated with terrorism, Haz MAt, Explosives, Clandestine Labs.

Last Chance Rapid Recert

Critical Care and Paramedic Providers Registration for November Rapid Re-Cert Program is Monday September 15.  Contact Dan for questions or to register: or contact Bill 738-8351

5th Annual Fall Teaching Day 2014

Fall EMS Teaching Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Crouse Hospital.  Please see announcement and agenda.  This is a free collaborative learning/CME event sponsored by Crouse Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and CNYEMS.

To register, contact Shirley Procopio (315-470-7308 or email no later than 9-26-14.