Midstate 2016 ALS Protocol Update

The updated ALS protocol will go in to effect midnight 12/31/15 all Critical Care and Paramedics practicing in the Midstate Region should have viewed the on-line presentation and completed the Midstate Exam

Midstate EMS Holiday Schedule

Midstate EMS will be closed on Wednesday Dec 23 at noon. We will reopen on Monday Dec 28th. On behalf of all of us here we wish to extend to you our best wishes for a safe and joy filled holiday season and a Merry Christmas.

Jan–May Basic Original and Refresher EMT Course

Faxton St. Luke’s will sponsor an Original and Refresher Basic EMT class hosted at Kunkel Ambulance in Utica.  The course will be held Monday Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6Pm to 9:30PM register on line under the education heading or call Bill at 738-8351.

Insights on Treatments and the Amish


December 14th 19:00

Georgetown Fire Dept.


Presented By R. A. MacKenzie III CEM/CFC/AEMT-P

Holiday Office Hours

The Midstate and Faxton St. Luke’s EMS Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday November 26 and 27.  In the event it is necessary to contact Office staff call Resource (624-6287) On behalf of the Region and EMS Staff we wish you a safe and happy holiday take time to reflect on what you have to be thankful for and thank you for what you do for our communities.

Basic On-Line CME Class

Monday November 30, 2015  7pm at EMS Training Center

Limited to 10 participants

MUST bring to the session:


  • A self addressed stamped envelope
  • A letter on department letterhead from a Chief Officer or Training Officer signed and dated verifying the agency and the provider are currently enrolled in the CME Recertification Program with the NYS Dept of Health Bureau of EMS.
  • Call Bill at 738-8351 to register for this class

Madison County EMS Providers

You are invited to a kickoff meeting regarding the upcoming Countywide EMS Study to be conducted.  This meeting will take place December 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorium in the Student Activities Building (STUAC, Bldg. 33) at SUNY Morrisville.   Parking will be available in the Student “A” and “B” lots.  SUNY Morrisville map information can be found below.

The objectives of this meeting are to review 1) the purpose of the study; 2) how the selection of Fitch and Associates was accomplished and their credentials; 3) what the study will examine; 5) what will be asked of you and your EMS organization; 6) the process and timelines involved; 7) what the final product will look like; and 8) to receive your valuable input.  Your contribution at this meeting is critical to ensure the study is well initiated, executed properly, and is as accurate as possible.

Some background is important to provide.  Earlier this year, several Town Supervisors came to me inquiring about EMS response times and with questions about how EMS is funded. It comes to no surprise to anyone that declining volunteer staffing is causing patient care, staffing, and financial ramifications.  On November 17, 2015, the Madison County Board of Supervisors voted to move ahead with a County-wide study of EMS.   The purpose of this study is to objectively examine the EMS system including 911, first response agencies, and the transporting agencies.   The exact scope of work of the study, a SUNY Morrisville map, as well as, other related documents can be viewed at: www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/emergency-management/ems-study

An authorization to engage Fitch and Associates from Platte City, Missouri was approved by the Madison County Board of Supervisors on November 17, 2015 after a thorough process that included a request for proposal and a subsequent assessment of the vendors that submitted bids.  The assessment committee that recommended Fitch and Associates to the Board was made up of Madison County EMTs (both volunteers and career), first response agencies, 911, two Town Supervisors, and me.  The recommendation of Fitch and Associates was unanimous by the committee.

We look forward to each and every one of you attending and actively participating in this December, 10, 2015 meeting in Morrisville.  Please circulate this notification as you see fit.  Feel free to email or call me directly to discuss this study.


Ted Halpin

 Theodore Halpin, Jr., MPA, CEM

Director of Emergency Management

Madison County (NY)

P.O. Box 577

138 North Court Street

Wampsville, New York  13163



First Responders Day


Join us at the Carrier Dome November 28th as the Syracuse Orange take on the Boston College Eagles with discounted tickets to show appreciation for New York’s heroes.

$20 Lower Level Tickets


· This will include video board recognition

· On field activities

· Special gifts for those who sell the most


Promo Code : Responders15

Contact : Brendan White 315-443-6749


Rapid Recertification Classes

Registration for the Critical Care and Paramedic Rapid Recertification Programs are due in the EMS Office Monday November 23, 2015.  The Practical Skills exam is Saturday January 16 and the written exam is Thursday test date is January 21, 2016.

Midstate ALS Protocol Update

The Midstate Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) approved revisions to the current pain management and facilitated intubation protocols. ALL Midstate Critical Care and Paramedic Providers must watch the ALS Protocol Update available on the Midstate web site and complete the Midstate 2015 ALS Protocol exam (on-line) by Jan 1, 2016 to remain in good standings.