• Ambulance/Air Transport Ambulance, Helicopter, Fixed Wing Ambulance/Air Transport
  • Fire Fire Departments/Districts, Search & Rescue Fire
  • Law Enforcement Police, Sheriffs, Security Law Enforcement
  • Hospitals/Outpatient Hospitals, Urgent Care Facilities,Outpatient Services Hospitals/Urgent Care
  • Physicians Names, office phone, hospital affiliations Physicians
  • Nursing Care Nursing Homes & Rehabilitation, Home Care Agencies, Hospice Facilities Nursing Care
  • Local/State/National Resources Government, Non-government, Commercial Local/State/National Resources
  • Emergency Shelters Schools, colleges, other public and private buildings and facilities Emergency Shelters

By listing and maintaining current contact information, these types of organizations can help save lives.

Dr. Chloe Alexson Scholarship Award

STEP announces the Dr. Chloe Alexson Scholarship Award, which is intended to award an outstanding emergency service person a full conference registration to attend the STEP Annual EMS Conference each year.  Nominations each year can be made by the leadership of any emergency service agency on agency letterhead.  Nominations can be mailed  to:

STEP Conference Committee

c/o 23 Donna Marie Circle

Rochester, NY   14606

Alternatively, the letter can be emailed as an attachment to:

The award nomination letter should include supporting information based on any of the following criteria:

Leadership in the nominating organization or significant contribution
Steadfastness in service
Length of service
Exemplary performance during the first year or two of service by a new member           

The STEP Board will make a decision on the winner at the Board meeting before the conference and will inform the recipient the next day, so a contact phone number should be included in the nomination letter.

Unfortunately, there were no nominations for the 2014 award, but we would like to try again next year to award a scholarship.  We look forward to honoring the late Dr Alexson, a valued long time member of STEP, by presenting this scholarship to a deserving recipient.

STEP Conference 2015 - Save the date!

STEP as a non-profit organization has put on conferences for over 20 years to give health and public safety organizations the opportunity to obtain CMEs, and to network with other providers.  We would like to thank all of the following speakers and all of the participants at the 2015 conference.

The STEP Conference Committee & Board is starting to make decisions about a 2016 conference.  Stay tuned for details as they become available.

CDC updated guidance for EMS & 911

As of October 24, 2014, the CDC has come out with new guidance based on recent experiences with Ebola.  The new guidance for EMS & 911 staff can be found at:

Important: Order from NYS Commissioner of Health on Ebola Preparedness

An order related to Ebola patient management has been issued by the NYS Commissioner of Health.  Details including an attachment outlining the requirements for preparedness for all health & public safety agencies in NYS can be found at:

The NYS Department of Health's Bureau of EMS & Trauma is requesting that all EMS agencies in NY read the information and carry out all pertinent actions.  The Bureau also asks that each agency verify receipt by sending an email to confirming that the EMS agency has received the Order, that it agrees to accept service of the Order by electronic delivery and that you have the authority to state that.  For those agencies where no confirmation is received, DOH staff will follow up with a direct e-mail and/or USPS certified mail.

Ebola Resources

The NYS Bureau of EMS & Trauma's webpage has been updated with a new section entitled “Ebola Resources for EMS Agencies and Providers.”

The updated webpage includes a “more information” link to an Ebola specific webpage within the NYS DOH website where the EMS guidance documents can be found on the left hand side of the page. Please continue to check the Bureau’s webpage as it will be updated as necessary related to Ebola planning and response.

The website can be accessed at

Another resource more specific to hospitals and physicians is a website set up by Emory University Hospital sharing their experiences in caring for an Ebola patient and the things learned.  That website can be accessed at

CDC Ebola Advisory

NYS DOH has sent out an advisory concerning the CDC's recommendations of August 1, 2014 related to evaluation of patients suspected of having Ebola virus disease.  The advisory can be viewed at http://file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/SEMAC-SEMSCO/NYS%20protocols%20&%20Med%20Standards%20issues/08-02-14%20NYS%20DOH%20Ebola%20Info%20for%20EMS.pdf

The advisory also contains the direct link to the CDC website containing the information at , as well as two NYS contact numbers for further questions.
    Bureau of Communicable Disease  518 473-4439  or
    Bureau of Healthcare Associated Infection's Healthcare Infection Control  518 474-1142

BLS Altered Mental Status Protocol Updated by NYS DOH

At the June NYS SEMAC & SEMSCO meetings, several changes were made to the NYS BLS ALtered Mental Status Protocol. 

The changes include:

  1. Clarification of the title of the protocol.
  2. Change in blood glucose threshold from 80 to 60 for adult and pediatric patients.
  3. Relative contraindications as opposed to “exclusion criteria” for the administration of naloxone.
  4. The addition of pediatric dosages of naloxone.

The update protocol will be added to the NYS DOH website soon.  However, the use of nalozone had been approved previously for BLS and the pertinent policy can be found at htthe tp://

Intranasal Narcan (Naloxone)

The State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC) approved a proposal to allow basic life support emergency medical services agencies and certified first responders to carry Intranasal Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride). It is sprayed into the nostrils to reverse respiratory depression caused by an overdose of opioid-based drugs such as prescription painkillers and heroin.  When approved by the director of the Bureau of EMS and the Commissioner of the Department of Health, BLS ambulance and first responder agencies can carry and administer intranasal Narcan. As there already is a “Friends and Family” intranasal Narcan program in several states, a “Public Access Narcan” program similar to the AED and Epi Auti-injector programs will be developed, as was done with epinephrine autoinjectors.

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