Rick C. Mathews, Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness
423 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
5900 Airport Road
Oriskany, NY 13424
4 November, 2012
Staff from the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) attended the Vital Signs EMS Conference from October 18th to the 21st at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY. One of the largest educational conferences for EMS providers in the United States, Vital Signs is hosted by the NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of EMS. NCSP staff worked with staff from the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to promote the unique training opportunities that are available for EMS providers at the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC).
Conference attendees represented a wide variety of state and local agencies, volunteer organizations, and private companies from across the state. Vital Signs was, therefore, an excellent opportunity for the NCSP and SPTC to spread awareness regarding its robust EMS and multi-disciplined training efforts. Multimedia presentations specifically highlighted current and future site improvements at the SPTC as well as recent deliveries of the EMS: Special Situations and Advanced Active Shooters: Tactics & Operations Courses.
EMS providers present at the conference expressed enthusiasm for current and future training offerings at the SPTC, noting specifically that the programs fill a significant gap in first responder training. Many with tactical medical or military training were encouraged to hear that ideas from those programs are being tailored and expanded to provide training for all levels of EMS providers. They pointed out the importance of concepts such as Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, triage, and multiple casualty incident management play in preparing for and responding to terrorist events and disasters.