News & Announcements
Effective February 1 (2018), Saratoga County will begin dispatching EMS calls with an address AND the municipality in which the call is located. Lately, we have been struggling to dispatch EMS calls by Zone, particularly in Wilton, Malta-Stillwater and Clifton Park. Because Desk Officers must geo locate each cellular 911 call, the process results in unacceptable delays in call processing times. Landline calls display 911 Zone data, but these encompass less than 10% of our total call volume. This recommendation came from a Communication Sergeants meeting and promises to both speed call processing and provide better call location information at the time of dispatch. In our new TriTech CAD system, we will be pushing much more explicit call location information via IaR and the Mobile CAD product, so this fix is an interim one. Contact EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy with any questions.
3M has graciously donated sixteen 3M Littman Master Classic II Navy Blues Stethoscopes, one to each of the military veterans currently enrolled in the Saratoga County EMS EMT Original Class for Military Veterans. The class, currently in progress at Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance Corps under the leadership of New York State Certified Instructor Coordinator Russ Coonradt, is a unique program supported by local businesses and veterans organizations to provide Emergency Medical Technician training to military veterans.
Russ Coonradt, CIC (center) accepts a donation of Littman stethoscopes from 3M representatives.
The Saratoga County EMS Council’s Spring 2018 course schedule has been released and sign up for classes on the Council web site is open. Courses include an EMT Original and EMT Refresher at the Malta-Stillwater EMS main station. Click here for a PDF copy of the class schedule. To enroll in classes, select “EMS Professionals” above and then click “Register.” If you don’t see a class that meets your needs, please visit www.nyemtinfo.com for other courses in the area.
The Fall EMT Course schedule has been released and on-line registration is open. Courses include an EMT Original course at the Fire Training Center, an EMT Refresher course at Malta-Stillwater EMS and an EMT Original course for Military Veterans. Click here for a copy of the course announcement. The course registration page is at www.saratogaems.org/register.
The week of May 21 – 27, 2017 is EMS Week and, in a collaborative effort by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and American Medical Response (AMR) will also be the week of a World CPR Challenge. Any organization is welcome to join the effort which aims to train a million citizens in hands-only CPR. A website has been set up at www.acep.org/emsweek/cprchallenge/ that includes logos, brochures, sample press releases and other material for interested organizations (all located in the banner at the top of the page). The site also allows reporting of citizens trained. Hands-only CPR can be taught by any provider in a mere 2-3 minutes.