At the end of March, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
activated the National Ambulance Contract (NAC) with American Medical Response (AMR)
to provide a coordinated EMS response to the great New York City. The NAC supported the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response, with the deployed crews working under the guidance of FEMA and state and local agencies. Crews were deactivated last week as the need for additional EMS personnel has slowed.
I would like to recognize all the work that went into this response by all EMS providers as well as the NYSDOH Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems' (BEMSTS)
staff, Director Ryan Greenberg, Deputy Director Steve Dziura, and South West District Chief Don Trzepacz. Additionally, behind the scenes, many of the regional EMS program agencies from across the state has been working toward entering data from over 30,000 paper patient care reports from the NAC into the online platform to allow for data analysis. This NAC data entry project has been led by Susie Surprenant of CNYEMS
and BEMSTS Deputy Chief Peter Brodie. Lastly, I would like to recognize BEMSTS Deputy Chief Ed Mager for his work in coordination with NYS nursing homes as well as other sectors within DOH. It is great to see such a coordinated response by so many different agencies during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.