• 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.

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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.

Traffic & Other Alerts

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Public Safety News Links

EMS News

Updated NYS BLS protocols are available on the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS website

There have been many changes related to EMS education in NYS to align with the National EMS Education Standards. Many resources related to the changes including the new practical skills testing sheets can be found on the Bureau of EMS website under the Education section.

ESD Website News

Plans for an updated and improved version of thie website are underway with a projected implementation date of early July. Mobile applications will also be available for several of the features on the full scale website.  Watch for our new look and new options!!

Watch the following video to see how the ESD website and printed directories can be used by different types of emergency services.



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