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Date and Time site last updated: 02/17/15 11:38 PM
The next meeting of the Saratoga County EMS Council will be on Thursday, March 12th at 12:30 PM at Malta-Stillwater EMS
Effective February 18th, 2015, there will be a gradual roll out of some changes in EMS Radio dispatch processes. The major change will be the routine assignment of a TAC channel to all EMS calls, in the same fashion as Fire calls are assigned a TAC. To improve interoperability, all updates on EMS calls will be provided exclusively on the assigned TAC. This means that, after calling enroute on EMS1, all units should switch to their assigned TAC and remain on the TAC until leaving the scene. The only exception would be if they need 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.
There are multiple reasons for the change, the major one being the continued lack of interoperability between fire and EMS. Currently, updates are being given to EMS on one channel and Fire on another. Both are asking Communications to relay messages rather than talking directly to the other. It is hoped that this will help to reduce redundant messages and get EMS and fire communicating with each other more directly (which is what the 800 system was designed to do). This will have a side benefit of allowing EMS first responders to contact their responding ambulance directly on the assigned TAC without being delayed by (or interrupting) other calls in progress on EMS1. Obviously, there will be bumps in the road as this rolls out. Contact EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy with questions or concerns.
Spring EMS Courses Full
The Spring 2015 EMS Training Schedule has been released and registration has closed (all classes are full). Courses include an EMT Original and EMT Challenge Refresher Class, both at the Malta-Stillwater EMS Station. Click here for a PDF version of the Spring 2015 schedule. If you are looking for a course elsewhere, check NYEMTinfo.com for courses in other areas of NYS. Due to extremely low enrollment, we do not run courses during the summer semester and we no longer offer first responder courses. Check back in July for the Fall 2015 class schedule and registration.
Dispatch Change for Psychiatric/Violent/Suicide Calls
During the week of August 11, 2014, a dispatch of psychiatric/abnormal behavior and suicide attempt calls will change. Initial dispatch of these calls will be at the Priority 3 response recommendation. This means, for the first time ever, that responders will hear Priority 2 Alpha, Bravo and Delta dispatches. This signifies that responders need to stage, according to individual agency policy for such, until advised that the scene is secure. A couple additional caveats to be aware of:
Contact County EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy with any questions or concerns.
Mutual Aid Mark Changed to 5 Minutes
At the recommendation of the Saratoga County EMS Administrators group, County EMS Coordinator has changed pages 1 and 2 of the EMS Mutual Aid Plan to reflect a 5 minute mutual aid point for all Priority 1 and Priority 2 EMS calls. This change will take effect on Monday, May 12th (2014) at 08:00 hours. Click here for a copy of the revised pages. These have also been posted to the Downloads page of this web site (see tab above)
Radio Repair Portal Address Updated
Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services has moved the web portal for Radio Repair requests being submitted to the County radio vendor (Pittsfield Communications) to http://radio.saratogacountyny.gov
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.
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