Emergency Medical Services – Medical aid, disaster assistance, training, certification, educational resources and dissemination of information. Emergency Medical Services are provided by Police, Fire and EMS personnel on the municipal, county, state and national level.
Here are some of the key resources for EMS in and around Rensselaer County;
State of New York
Regional Emergency Medical Organization (REMO) consists of: the Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Council of the Hudson Mohawk Valleys, the Regional Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) and the Regional EMS Program Agency, operating in a six county region in the State of New York. The 3500 square miles in the REMO region cover the counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady, serving a population of over 860,000 people and coordinating an Emergency Medical Services System that answers over 130,000 emergency medical calls annually.
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services is located within the NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Systems Management. The Bureau is responsible for the general oversight of the EMS system statewide.
The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) is responsible for coordinating all activities necessary to protect New York’ s communities from natural, technological and manmade disasters and other emergencies that threaten the State. SEMO coordinates Emergency Management Services for the State by providing leadership, planning, education and resources to protect lives, property and the environment. Emergency Coordination Center – Staffed 24 Hrs (518) 292-2200
State Police – Provides essential police services to the public statewide. Troop G covers Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties. Troop G Headquarters: Loudonville 504 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211-1454 518-783-3211
American Red Cross – Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency disaster-caused needs
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – is an independent federal agency with more than 2,600 full time employees. They work at FEMA headquarters in Washington D.C., at regional and area offices across the country, at the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, and at the FEMA training center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. FEMA also has nearly 4,000 standby disaster assistance employees who are available to help out after disasters. Often FEMA works in partnership with other organizations that are part of the nation’s emergency management system. These partners include state and local emergency management agencies, 27 federal agencies and American Red Cross.
U.S Department of Homeland Security – In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency,the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America’s families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.Information on emergency, alerts and preparation.