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Date and Time site last updated: 03/21/13 06:37 AM
The next meeting of the Saratoga County EMS Council will be on Monday, June 17th at 7:00 PM
Transition Materials Resource Page
A resource page containing links to free on-line courses required by DOH for CFR through Paramedic level recertifications has been established. Click on the EMS Students tab at the top of this page.
Spring EMS Course Schedule Posted
The Spring 2013 EMS Course Schedule has been posted and can be accessed through the Courses tab at the top of this page. They include an EMT Original and EMT Challenge Refresher Class at Malta Ambulance Corps and a Certified First Responder (CFR) Original and CFR Challenge Refresher Course at the Fire Training Center in Ballston Spa. Click here for a PDF version of the Spring 2013 schedule. Note that all registration for courses is on-line through the On-Line Registration tab at the top of this page. Refresher students will be required to complete a transition to the new standards as a part of the recertification course and all students are now required to complete IS-100b, IS-700a and IS-5a or equivalent training as part of their original or refresher courses. If none of these courses fit your schedule, check NYEMTinfo.com for courses in other areas of NYS.
Radio Repair Requests Moved to On-Line Portal
The Office of Emergency Services announced that Radio Repair Requests for County owned mobiles and portables as well as agency owned equipment needing service by the County radio vendor (Pittsfield Communications) should be requested via a newly opened web portal at www.saratogacountyny.gov/radio/. For a copy of the announcement with additional details, click here.
Chemical Assisted Suicide Responder Reference Released
The HazMat Fusion Center www.hazmatfc.com recently released a Chemical Assisted Suicide Responder Reference to aid emergency responders in recognizing and managing chemical suicides. These incidents are happening with increasing frequency across the Country. It is not a question of if, but when, we will see our first of these in Saratoga County. Multiple occurrences throughout New York State have had serious health consequences for responders. EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy strongly recommends that all services laminate this reference card and place one in each of their response vehicles. Let's not lose an EMS provider for failing to keep abreast of the dangers we all face out there!
Cyanokit Deployment for Fire Victims
Saratoga County has purchased ten Cyanokits and strategically deployed them around the County. Cyanokits are an antidote for cyanide poisoning, thought to be the leading cause of death in fire victims. Two kits each are presently available in Clifton Park-Halfmoon, Malta, Community, Wilton and Moreau. Please consider calling one of these agencies for a Cyanokit for any arrested patient pulled out from a structure fire or for any firefighter who collapses in arrest during or after interior structural firefighting activities. Our resuscitation rate for fire victims in Saratoga County is dismal - near zero. A study using the Cyanokit over an 8 year period in Paris shows that we may be able to revive more than half of our fire scene victims with this new antidote. If you have an arrest at a fire scene, please call for an agency with a Cyanokit. For more information on Cyanokit, visit www.cyanokit.com.
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