News & Announcements

Spring 2017 EMT Courses Announced

The Saratoga County EMS Council’s Spring 2017 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 and an EMT Original class for Military Veterans at the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance Corps. 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 for other courses in the area.

Dispatch Change – MA Mark Moved to 3 Minutes

Effective Monday, March 7th (2016) at 0800, crew confirmation will be implemented for EMS calls. If a crew has not been confirmed within 3 minutes of initial call activation, EMS Dispatch will Mutual Aid the call following the MAP on file. Confirmation means radio communication with EMS Dispatch by by a member of the activated EMS service indicating that a crew is available. The 5 minute MA mark remains unchanged, that is, if an ambulance is not enoute to the call within 5 minutes of initial activation, the call will be Mutual Aided. A copy of the policy change has been posted on the downloads page (link above). For a copy with the pertinent changes highlighted (in yellow), click here. This change is being implemented by County EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy at the request of the Saratoga County EMS Council. Direct any questions or comments to Coordinator McEvoy.

Field Pronouncements of Death Policy Issued

County EMS Coordinator has issued Policy 15-02, Field Pronouncements of Death in an effort to standardize this practice across services in the County. Multiple agencies contributed to this policy including the County Coroners, County Sheriff, State Police, numerous hospitals, DOH, REMO, the REMAC and the Saratoga County EMS Council. A copy of the policy is available on the Downloads tab above or by clicking here.

Radio Procedure Change

Effective 0800 on Monday, September 21, 2015, we will make a permissions modification to the 800 radio network to help EMS agencies comply with the use of an assigned TAC when responding and on scene of calls. Effective 9/21, the requirement to seek permission for use of TAC3 is lifted AND all EMS unit to unit transmissions are to be conducted on TAC3. Previously, many agencies (particularly larger services) used EMS2 for system status management (SSM) and other unit to unit transmissions – those are now transferred to TAC3. As TAC3 is and will remain the TAC assigned to all EMS calls, agencies using TAC3 for SSM will already be on the assigned TAC. The only exception to our assignment of TAC3 will be when adding EMS to a fire incident. In those cases, it will be necessary for responding EMS units to switch to the TAC assigned to that incident (based on the geographic location and radio traffic at the time of call). There are no other changes in the February 18th policy regarding EMS switching to their assigned TAC: all updates on EMS calls will be provided exclusively on the assigned TAC. After calling enroute on EMS1, all units should switch to the assigned TAC and remain on the TAC until leaving the scene. The only exception is needing to reach EMS Dispatch, in which case, it is necessary to return to EMS1 (i.e., arrival on scene, departing for a hospital, clearing a scene in service, etc). Any communications between EMS units on scene or responding and/or fire units on scene or responding should occur on the assigned TAC. If EMS Dispatch is looking for units responding or on scene, they will switch to the assigned TAC to make contact. Once enroute and while on scene, it is not necessary to monitor EMS1 unless your agency policy dictates otherwise.