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NNY360: Nominations sought for emergency medical services awards



WATERTOWN — The North Country Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO) is seeking nominations for the annual New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services awards.


Annually the state Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, presents awards in several categories. These categories include: Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year; Basic Life Support Provider of the Year; EMS Agency of the Year; EMS Communications Specialist of the Year; EMS Educator of the Year; Excellence in Quality and Safety; Registered Nurse of Excellence; and Youth Provider of the Year.


“The Regional Awards gives us an opportunity to spotlight our unsung heroes. Our Region has many professionals — both paid and volunteer — who give selflessly. These EMS providers are well-trained and deserve the recognition of their peers. The award winners will then be submitted to New York state for consideration of the awards at a State Level,” said Debbie Singleton, chair of North Country REMSCO.


Another award that is presented is the Richard Beebe Education award. Beebe was an EMS educator and paramedic clinician. He was also an active EMS provider for more than 35 years, including 25 years as a paramedic for the Guilderland Police Department. Publishing multiple textbooks, speaking at numerous state, national and international conferences and serving on the board of the National Association of EMS Educators as well as the board of the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for EMS, Beebe left a lasting impression and legacy on the EMS community. Past recipients include Ann Smith, Jefferson County Paramedic Program, Paul Barter and Donald Thompson.


As one of 18 program agencies in New York, the North Country EMS Program Agency oversees operations of more than 170 EMS organizations across Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington and parts of Hamilton counties — most of which are staffed by volunteers from their communities.


Because of its role on the front line of health care, EMS operations require a great deal of planning to ensure consistency, quality and seamless cooperation with local hospitals, 911 centers and other agencies. In the north country, the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization assists with this planning and facilitation through its partnership with the EMS Program Agency.

Nominations are due by March 8. Winners will be announced at the 2024 EMS Spring Fling that will be held at Bonnie Castle Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria Bay on April 11.

To submit your nomination for someone in the EMS profession, visit wdt.me/EMSawards to download the nomination form and email it to paperwork@fdrhpo.org.

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