News & Announcements
Effective July 7, 2010, the nightly (18:00) EMS pager test will be abbreviated to only four agencies: Providence, Edinburg, Stillwater, and General Schuyler. This resulted from a survey of EMS Administrators and Chief Officers conducted last month, subsequently released for commentary by all Saratoga County EMS providers during June. The change is being made because the majority of Corps receive enough pages during the course of each day to not require daily testing. Contact EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
County EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy issued a February 23rd memo reminding agencies of their obligation to keep Communications advised of crew status. Many agencies have not complied with County and REMO policies requiring notification to EMS Dispatch when crews are not available to staff ambulances listed as in service for the agency. Click here for a copy of the memo.
The Office of Emergency Services will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, February 4th, 2010 starting at 7:00 pm at the Hyatt located at Exit 12 and Rte 67 in Malta. Representatives from each EMS agency are encouraged to attend to learn more about the final phase of the new radio project, see actual radio equipment, and learn about the timeline for completion of the new radio system for Saratoga County. RSVPs are required to OES at (518) 885-2232. Click here for a flyer with additional details about the meeting.
Saratoga Hospital’s second annual EMS Recognition Evening will be hosted at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Resort on Thursday, October 8th. RSVPs are required. Click here for an invite.
Saratoga County is offering both seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccinations to EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement members through our POD (Point Of Distribution) system. Members (and high risk family members aged 19 or older) who registered to attend one of the PODs (registration closed Friday, November 6th) should attend:
- November 10th (Tues) – Moreau EMS (4-8 pm)
- November 17th (Tues) – Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance (4-8 pm)
- November 19th (Thurs) – Community Emergency Corps (Ballston Spa, 4-8 pm)
Here are some resources: Updated Question and Answer sheet about the PODs
Both live nasal spray seasonal vaccine and injectable (shot in the arm) inactivated seasonal flu vaccine will be available to emergency responders, both free of charge. Click here for information on the nasal spray seasonal vaccine and click here for information on the attenuated injectable seasonal flu vaccine. H1N1 vaccine is all injectable (shot in the arm) click here for the information sheet about the H1N1 vaccine.