Be Ready the heat is about to go on!!

With hot and humid weather in our forecast, provider will begin to see more heat related emergencies.                    The most commonly seen heat emergency is HEAT(muscle) CRAMPS.  The is no major changes in body temperature.  Common signs/symptoms are muscle cramping in arms, legs or abdomen.  Rest, cooling and fluid is the best treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                The second is HEAT EXHAUSTION, this is where the is not enough internal body fluid to cool and meet the bodies need.  Overexertion/exercise in combination to high heat results in the loss of 1-2 liters of body fluid thru the skin.  Body temperature may rise to 101 degrees.  Wet skin, rapid breathing, weak & rapid pulse, headache, anxiety and impaired judgement are common signs/symptoms.  Cooling the body and replacement of body fluid (either by mouth or by IV ‘s) are essential.                                                                                                                                                      The third and most serious is HEAT STROKE where the normal cooling mechanism in the body is not working.  The body temperature will rise to 105 degrees or higher.  Signs/symptoms most commonly seen include dry or mild perspiration, rapid full pulse, confusion and possible seizures.  This is a true emergency and treatment includes IV fluid replacement and medical evaluation.

Common treatment guidelines include the use of water for fluid replacement as long as the person can swallow or IV fluid replacement for confused or unconscious patients.  ICE should never be used to cool a person off!  Application of room temperature water to the skin, removal of the person to a shady or cool are is the best way to gradually cool a heat exposure person.


Boilermaker EMS Registration Forms

**2018 Boilermaker EMS Volunteers ** The Registration Forms Are Here!**

Below are the links to the registration forms for the

Please choose the form that applies to you and/or your agency.




Please fill the appropriate form as soon as possible, if you haven’t done so already!

If you have any questions, contact Melissa at

Boilermaker Agency & Volunteer Meetings

The 2018 Boilermaker Agency Meeting will be held Thursday, June 28th at 3:30 pm.

The 2018 Volunteer Meetings will be held Thursday, June 28th at 10 am, 1 pm and 6:30 pm.

All meetings will be held at the Midstate Training Center located at 14 Foery Drive in Utica.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are once again needed for this year’s Boilermaker!  

We can use all levels of EMS providers, LPNs, RNs, MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs or anyone else who wants to help out.  Volunteers are needed along the course as well as at the 2 med tents!  If you are interested in joining us that day, please email Melissa Lockwood at

The volunteer meetings will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 10am, 1pm, and 6:30pm at the Midstate Training Center.

First Responder Training on Field Response to Suspected Synthetic Opioid Threats

Date:   Monday – July 16, 2018              Time:   18:30 – 20:30  

Maynard Fire Department Sta. #1 9500 Maynard Drive Marcy, NY 13403

Course Objectives

Provide first responder partners with critical information to evaluate, triage, and safely decontaminate equipment and personnel in contact with unknown substances suspected of containing synthetic opioids.

Course Trainer

Alan Antenucci, All Hazards Training Coordinator from the Biodefense and Chemical Terrorism Laboratories of the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center.

Course Outline

Overview of natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic opioids.

Overview of the synthetic opioid family.

Field Response-

Risks associated with opioid threats

Response planning

Scene assessment

Victim triage

Victim, responder an equipment decontamination

All students must pre-register to – so we can have a head count.  Any EMS providers will also be able to get two hours CMEs.  See attached flyer.  Thank you.

Midstate EMS Fall Forum

Friday, September 7th at Vernon Downs

An all day conference focusing on EMS and Communications.  The keynote speaker will be Steve Berry of “I’m to an ambulance driver!” fame.

Non-core CME hours will be available for all presentations.

2017 Midstate Quality and Safety Award

Once again, we are recognizing providers and agencies for the day-to-day care they provide.  This year’s Excellence in Quality and Safety is no exception.

This provider has moved up the ranks from Basic to Critical Care to Paramedic.  He well respected by his coworkers and works diligently as a Paramedic Supervisor at his busy, commercial agency. He watches out for his coworkers, making sure all is well throughout his shift.  Always willing to help a new provider become acclimated, or a student a new skill.  Please congratulate his years Quality and Safety award recipient, Anthony Arrigo.

Anthony Arrigo, 2017 Midstate Quality and Safety Award Winner

2017 MVHS Stroke Award’s

This is the first year that MVHS has presented an award for outstanding prehospital stroke care.  We are very lucky to have the Stroke Center, located at the St. Luke’s Campus as part of our region.  With the level of prehospital stroke care that we have in the Midstate Region, it was very hard to wide it down to only call.  So, the Stroke Service had to pick two.

Please congratulate Amber Ross and Andrew Cooney from Vineall Ambulance as well as Khale Davison and Cody Minnig from Prospect Ambulance as this years recipients of the MVHS Stroke Award.

Amber Ross of Vineall Ambulance

Khale Davison of Prospect Ambulance

2017 St. Elizabeth’s Trauma Award

This year’s recipient of the St. Elizabeth’s Trauma award is Paramedic Kyle Sylvester from  SOMAC Ambualnce.

2017 St. Elizabeth’s Trauma Award

2017 Deb Hart Award

For those that didn’t know Deb Hart, she was an early Midstate Director and, along with a few others, helped create the Midstate Region.  Inspiring cooperation and tirelessly worked to improve our EMS System, she stood for all that is good about EMS in the Midstate Region.

Deb was a dedicated volunteer at Central Oneida County which kind of makes this year’s award even more special.

OK let me set the stage:

  • Postage stamps are 15 cents
  • Johnny Carson is on the Tonight Show
  • Post It notes are introduced
  • The Coneheads are on Saturday Night Live
  • Lavern and Shirley and Happy Days are ion tv
  • The first “test tube baby” is born
  • And this years Hart Award recipient becomes a member of COVAC!

The year was 1978.  This is extra special because I know for the first time we are presenting this award to a person that actually did EMS calls with Deb.  A LOT of calls with Deb!

One of the very first Midstate Paramedic’s, a mentor, partner and consistent supporter of EMS please first Thank and help me welcome 40 years or EMS service to our community George Nassar.