Practical Skills Exam Evaluator Class

Faxton St. Luke’s Practical Skills Exam Evaluator Course:

For all levels of EMS Providers

Ever wondered how you could become part of the EMS Education team?

This is a way to be part of the process.   Evaluating student candidates at our Practical Skills Exams.

EMS Education is holding 2 classes for PSE Evaluators.

Sunday November 18 at noon

Wednesday November 21 at 6:30 pm

You only need to attend one to become a Faxton St. Luke’s EMS skills evaluator,

Go to the classes page to register.  Join the team.

Air Medical Ground School

On Thursday, October 18,2018 at 7pm,  there will be a Helicopter Safety and Ground School by Mercy Flight Central at the Madison County Battalion 3 meeting in Georgetown.  All ambulance services and interested parties are welcome to attend.  Please consider attending this important safety discussion and training.


The North Chittenango Fire Department,  1699 Fyler Rd Chittenango, will host this continuing education program (non core) on Wednesday November 7 at 1900 at the firehouse.  Brett Luce from Lifevest will present on this out of hospital device.  To register call / leave a message 315 687 6529

Midstate Minute Update October 2018


Faxton St. Luke’s EMS Program Agency                       Midstate REMSCO


To keep Midstate EMS Providers and Agencies informed the Program Agency and REMSCO will publish this single page “Midstate Minute Update” the first of each month.  It is intended to provide Midstate EMS Providers with useful accurate and up to date EMS State Regional and Educational information.

NYS Critical Care to Paramedic Bridge

NYS Bureau of EMS announced the long-awaited on-line bridge from Critical Care to Paramedic would start accepting applications in January of 2019.  The program sponsor Northwell Health announced the program tuition is expected to be $1500, the one-year program will be broken down into 6 modules that are intended to cover “gap material only” between the critical care and paramedic programs.  All participants will use national standard fisdap module exams and at the completion, will complete the NYS Paramedic Practical Skills and Written Examination.  Skills (5 additional skills) and Practical exams will be available at participating and approved NYS Course Sponsors.  Follow the website for additional information

American Heart Association completion cards

The American Heart Association has moved to electronic completion cards for American Heart Association Heart saver, Healthcare Provider CPR, Pediatric Advanced Life Support PALS and Advanced Life Support ACLS programs.  The transition from paper to electronic will allow students to download and print a “paper card” after completion.  A email address is required at the time of class registration.

CME Program update

The Bureau announced that a revision to the New York State Continuing Education Program at Vital Signs last year.  The program is expected to more closely in line with National Standards for re-certification.  Last week we received word that the update is nearly complete, and we should look for updated requirements in the next month.  In the meantime, providers should continue using and complete the appropriate level state paperwork. 

Raymond Thielke

Midstate REMSCO member Paramedic Ray Thielke passed away after a long illness on September 1.  Ray had been a long-time active member of Greater Lenox Ambulance, Instructor Coordinator, Bureau of EMS Senior Staff Representative and a talented musician as well as a former New York City Paramedic.  Our region and state will miss Ray and offer sincere condolences to this family and friends.

REMSCO Meetings

Midstate Regional Emergency Medical Services Council meetings are held 7 PM the fourth Tuesday of each month at 14 Foery Drive in Utica.  Regional members represent Madison, Oneida and Herkimer counties and are open to the public.   Meetings are recorded and are also available on the web site.

Electronic EMS Charting

Midstate currently has 24 EMS agencies using electronic charting these agencies make up 70% of hospital patient transports.  During 2018 the Department of Health has required all electronic platforms to meet a “new” standard NEMSIS III, these new standards provide agencies, regions and the department of health with up-to-date current data.  Agencies are moving to this new platform vendor by vendor and should be complete by the end of this year.  A “hospital hub” will be available soon and will allow hospitals access to all patient charts transported to their facility.  Meetings between the region-state- and hospitals are ongoing. More information to follow.

Central Line Access

From the Regional Medical Director, access to central lines should be limited to patients in extremis (in need of immediate critical interventions).  Dialysis fistulas should NEVER be accessed.  

Critical Care Paramedic Classroom CME Program

We are please to announced that we coaxed Joe Taylor to come out of retirement and conduct a Critical Care Tech and Paramedic classroom CME Core content program.  The CME program will be conducted at AmCare Ambulance starting on Monday 12/03/2018-Monday 02/07/2019.  Joe has been busy preparing for this and will be presenting all new, up to date and exciting material.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to take part in what will be a fun learning experience. Register on line or call 315 738 8351

Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Campaign for Quality

Friday October 12, Hamilton College

This free educational event is open to healthcare workers and anyone concerned about his or her health. The conference offers nine presenters in total including topics on:  palliative care, robotics, and American College of Surgeons, team training, high reliability and accountability.  Register on-line at

Cazenovia Area EMT Class

Diane Howe, NYS Certified Instructor Coordinator will lead this original and refresher program hosted by Cazenovia Volunteer Ambulance Corps. starting Monday October 1 at 6PM the class will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6-9pm the class will conclude on March 28, 2019.  Register on-line or call 315 738 8351

Keynote Speaker: Steve Berry


  • Service With a Smile: Dealing with the Hostile Patient:
  • What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate
  • Finding Humor in the Crazy World of EMS:  Welcome to the Dark Side

We Are Sad To Announce…

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Midstate REMSCO member, Raymond Thielke.  Ray passed away earlier today,  Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the hospital. Ray has been a valued member of our team and will be sorely missed.
Please keep Ray’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.
Information on service arrangements will be provided once they are finalized.


It’s a STROKE!! Who what when and where!   Pre-Hospital information and our ability to communicate those findings are the foundation that impacts the ever expanding stroke therapies, and eventual outcomes of our stroke patients.  Dr. Dorsett MD PhD Emergency Medicine Physician will discuss how communications and teamwork in stroke care changes outcomes in our stroke patient