From Tim Dodge Verona Fire Department Chief Gerald Pedersen Oneida Co. Deputy Director of Emergency Services

It is with a heavy heart and I am deeply saddened to report that our brother Fire Fighter and Lieutenant of the Verona Fire Department lost his courageous battle with Cancer yesterday. Rob Urtz has dedicated over twenty years in the fire service with the Verona Fire Department. But his efforts did not end there. He also worked with Oneida county in developing the Western Oneida County training center located in Verona and served as the liaison for FASNY and State Chiefs as they held their show annually at the Turning Stone Casino.

Please help in sending Rob off for his last call honorably. Calling hours will be Saturday April 4th from 2 to 6 pm at Ironside funeral home Main St. Oneida. Funeral will be held Monday April 6th at 10 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Main St. Oneida. The Verona Fire Department is asking any departments wishing to show their respects to line Main St. in Oneida with apparatus and members from St. Patrick’s church to route 5 Monday morning beginning at 8 am. Verona Fire Engine 2 carrying our brother fire fighter and his family (followed by 4 busses carrying family, friends and Fire department members) will take this route following services to the cemetery. There will NOT be a procession to the cemetery as the cemetery can not accommodate all of the apparatus.

Thank you in advance for your support in our time of loss. If you will be attending the funeral Monday or have any further questions regarding these arrangements please direct them to Ricky Johnson @ 762-7420 or e-mail<>

Last Chance for June Rapid Recert

Paramedic and Critical Care June Rapid Recertification.  Application DOH form 4010 original has to be the office noon on April 13.  Participants must also provide documentation of the 13 hour National Standard BLS updates, NIMS 100 (Paramedic 200) and 700 as well as HazMat awareness.  The PSE is June 13 and the written exam is June 18, 2015.  The DOH will not accept faxed application – must have original signatures- 


Special Midstate REMSCO meeting Monday March 30, 2015 @7PM

Due to technical issues, the recordings of the March 24, 2015 Midstate REMSCO meetings are not available. The Midstate REMSCO will conduct a special meeting on Monday March 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM to discuss and vote on the 3 emergency CON requests received and discussed at the regular meeting March 24. Please make every attempt to attend this vitally important Statutory meeting.

Fentanyl Overdose Information


The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide alert on Fentanyl as threat to health and public safety yesterday.

The alert warns the public about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds and provides information about a current increase in overdoses related to these substances. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased. The alert was issued through the multi-agency El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) to all U.S. law enforcement.

Some recent examples of the fentanyl surge across the United States include the following:

  • New Hampshire State Laboratory recently reported four fentanyl overdose deaths within a two-month period.
  • New Jersey saw a huge spike in fentanyl deaths in 2014, reporting as many as 80 in the first six months of the fiscal year.
  • Rhode Island and Pennsylvania have also seen huge increases since 2013. In a 15-month period, about 200 deaths were reported in Pennsylvania related to fentanyl.
  • In the St. Louis area, based on information provided by medical examiners over a 10-year period, fentanyl was the only drug attributed as a primary death factor in 44 percent of overdose cases.
  • In June 2014, DEA New York dismantled a heroin and fentanyl network and arrested the two heads of the organization. These individuals were linked to at least three overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl they sold.

Charles W. Morgan, MD, FASAM, FAAFP, DABAM

Acting Medical Director

New York State Office of Alcoholism  and Substance Abuse Services


This Saturday March 21 9AM will begin a Basic Emergency Medical Technician Re-Certification Course hosted at Central Oneida County Ambulance in Clark Mills.  The class will meet on Monday and Wednesday Evenings from 7-10PM and occasional Saturdays 9AM – noon.  This class will test on Thursday May 21, 2015.  Sign up on line or call Bill at 738-8351


  • The Oneida County EMS Meeting will be Tuesday March 17 6PM at the EMS Training Center 14 Foery Drive Utica
  • The Madison County EMS Meeting will be Wednesday March 18 6:30 PM at SEVAC Morrisville
  • The Herkimer County EMS Meeting will be Thursday March 19, 6:30 at the Frankfort Fire Station

FREE accredited webinar—Acute Stroke: Missed Diagnosis.


Critical Care Class

The Critical Care Class scheduled for tonight March 3, 2015 has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Taberg Basic Original/Refresher EMT Class

The Taberg Basic Original/Refresher class will be cancelled tonight, March 2, 2015, due to bad weather.

EMS Grant Opportunity , then hit About Us (top left), then hit NEMA Grants. There is also FAQs and contact #’s & email information. I have also attached the specific NEMA grant.

Also attached is the Drug ID Guide.