EMS Recruitment

We hosted an excellent EMS Recruitment and Retention planning meeting Monday. EMS leaders from the three counties made time to sit down in our conference room to identify key issues, barriers and resources. I felt the meeting was very productive. Key issues were identified such as agency leadership, getting EMS leaders to actively participate in recruitment and retention; motivating millennials to get involved and educating the public about the EMS system and how a lack of EMS volunteers threatens EMS. I strongly believe we can turn things around and bring more volunteers into the EMS system. We are still waiting for word on the grant application we submitted in June seeking $25,000 from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to launch a three-county volunteer EMS recruitment and retention campaign. We expect to hear whether we will receive an award sometime in the coming weeks. I’m very encouraged by area EMS leaders’ willingness to work together to find solutions to this region-wide problem. For more information about our EMS Recruitment and Retention plan or to offer suggestions, please call our STEMS office at (716) 372-0614 or email stems@sthcs.org.

Trauma Summit

Registration is open for our fourth-annual Southern Tier Multidisciplinary Team Trauma Education Summit. The summit will be held October 13 at the Holiday Valley Conference Center. The summit is designed to educate professionals who work with children in the latest best-practice techniques for helping children exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse and/or domestic violence. We anticipate up to 300 professionals will attend this year’s summit. The keynote speaker will be Captain Joseph Rampolla of the Park Ridge Police Department in Park Ridge, N.J. Captain Rampolla is an expert on how technology and cyber influences affect young minds. He will discuss the growing technology gap between children and adults and ways to close it to prevent victimization. Other topics include current trends in substance abuse, engaging caregivers to support their children’s success and commercial sexual exploitation investigations and treatments. We received a grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Juvenile Justice to help us expand our annual Trauma Summit. I want to thank NYS DCJS for their support and for recognizing the positive impact the Trauma Summit is having across Western New York. If you have any questions please call Karen Hill, STCAC Director, at (716) 372-8532.

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EMS Recruitment
Trauma Summit

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