After a casual conversation in September of 2021 between Ryan Greenberg-NYS DOH EMS Director and Michael Benenati, Sr. - EMS Administrator for Lagrange Fire District, Michael was asked to attend the October 20, 2021 meeting of the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council (SEMSCO) to make a presentation titled, “EMS in Crisis, A NYS Perspective”. This presentation drew a huge amount of interest and enthusiasm from the group. It was at this time the formation of an EMS Sustainability Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was created and tasked with creating a White Paper.
NYSVARA is proud and honored to have had 4 administrative members of our association chosen to be part of the committee who worked on this incredible document. Those members are:
Mark Deavers, EMT-P Chair Government sub-group, Executive Director- Gouverneur Rescue (not-forprofit, ALS transport), Vice President-NYSVARA, Chair SEMSCO EMS Systems Committee, Chair of St. Lawrence County EMS Council, Vice Chair of North Country REMSCO, Representative NYSEMSCO.
Jason D. Haag, CCEMT-P, CIC Chair- Operations sub-group, Assistant Chief, Finger Lake Ambulance (Commercial Ambulance), Director-NYSVARA, Geneva Fire Department (BLS First Response), Wayne County Advanced Life Support (Countybased EMS, County 911), 1st Vice Chair- State EMS Council, Chair- SEMSCO Innovations Committee, Secretary- Finger Lakes REMSCO, FASNY EMS Committee
Teresa A. Hamilton, EMT, Executive Vice President- NYSVARA, NYS Emergency Medical Services Council Representative, Hudson Valley REMSCO, Deputy EMS Coordinator-Projects Coordinator, Rockland County, Active (Life Member) Haverstraw Volunteer Ambulance (Volunteer/Paid)
Steven Kroll, MHA, EMT Co-chair Staffing sub-group, Executive Director & Chief, Delmar-Bethlehem Emergency Medical Services (not-for-profit, merged, combination agency), Director-NYSVARA, Executive Leader for Mobile Integrated Heath at UCM Digital Health, Board of Trustees Chair, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Past Chair- REMSCO of the Hudson Mohawk Valleys, Finance Committee Chair- NYS Emergency Medical Services Council, Non-Physician Representative- NYS Medical Advisory Committee Director- Region 1, National Association of EMTs (NAEMT)
Representing New York's Community, Volunteer & Non-Profit EMS Sector the The New York State Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association, Inc. is a statewide not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization, active since 1939. Our mission is to promote and assist the interests of the state’s community volunteer and nonprofit EMS/First Responder/First Aid sector. The association continues to keep pace with the challenges facing EMS, First Response and Rescue today. Membership is open to organizations and individuals.