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The Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council was officially formed in 1976 following guidance and direction established by New York State and the Federal Department of Transportation to improve and standardize emergency medical treatment in the State and the Nation. This was also the time frame when the Medical Emergency Technicians (MET) program was being developed and which would soon give way to the New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program that is still in use today.

A group of dedicated local community leaders working together developed a proposal for coordinated and standardized EMS which was presented to Chautauqua County government officials for implementation.

The community leaders that brought the plan to life were Dr W. Shaw MD, Dr. Hall MD, Raymond Taylor, Bonita Shaw RN, John McGrath, Ralph Sandquist and Dr. Robert Kochersberger. Their forethought and effort at that time resulted in a well thought out emergency medical delivery system that has the ability to change and grow as needs and technology change.

A key aspect of the Chautauqua County emergency medical system is the EMS Council the purpose of which is to formulate, develop and coordinate an effective emergency medical services system plan within Chautauqua County.

Membership on the EMS Council is set at 35 voting members with additional Ex-Officio non-voting as appropriate. The voting membership is broken down as follows:

Fire Service (10), representation to be comprised of two (2) firefighters from each of the four (4) battalions, as well as two (2) career firefighters, one (1) career firefighter from the North County and one (1) career firefighter from the South County. Criteria for selection must give preference based upon the individuals’ involvement with emergency medical service in his/her fire department. (No two persons may be from the same fire company.)

Hospitals (4), representation is to be comprised of one (1) person from each of the four (4) county hospitals. Education (2), representation comprised of one (1) person from the North County and one (1) person from the South County. Red Cross or American Heart Association (1) representative. Commercial Ambulance Service one (1) representative. Coroner (1) representative. CISM (1) representative from the Team. Deputy Medical Fire Coordinator (1) representative. Fire Chiefs’ Association (1) representative. Fire Advisory Board (1) representative.

At-Large Twelve (12) representatives comprised of persons from public or voluntary agencies, special interest groups or the general public. A minimum of four (4) persons from the North County and a minimum of four (4) persons from the South County at all times. The North and South as referenced refer to the four fire battalions in the County and are designated as Battalion 1 & 2, north with 3 & 4 being designated south.

The EMS Council meets every other month (odd months) on the 2nd Wednesday. Meetings are conducted at 7:30 PM at 2 Academy Street, Suite A in the Offices of Chautauqua County Emergency Services Mayville, NY. Sub-committees meet an hour prior to the regular meeting. These meetings are open to the public and all interested parties are invited to attend.

For more complete and detailed information please refer to by-laws of the Council in button marked By-Laws below.

Voting Members from Volunteer Fire Service:

Terry Penhollow Battalion 1 Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Laura Logan Battalion 1 Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Mark Dickey Battalion 2 Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Joyce Matthews Battalion 2 Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Roberta Edwards Battalion 3 Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Mike Volpe Battalion 3 Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Jen Bostaph Battalion 4 Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Jodelle Shaw Battalion 4 Term Expires: 12/31/2014

Voting Members from Paid Fire Service:

Ryan Walker North County Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Sam Salemme South County Term Expires: 12/31/2015

Voting Members from Hospitals:

Ben Siracuse Brooks Memorial Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Emelia Lindquist WCA Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Edward Brooks Westfield Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2014
TBD Lake Shore Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2015

Voting Members from Education:

Laurie Faso SUNY Fredonia Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Ron Hasson Jamestown Community College Term Expires: 12/31/2015

Voting Members from Organizations:

Paul Atwell CISM Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Greg Scott Fire Chiefs Association Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Larry Barter Fire Advisory Board Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Phil Wilson Commercial Ambulance Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Steve Cobb Fire Service Medical Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Warren Riles Coroner Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Tina Jones Red Cross Term Expires: 12/31/2015

Voting Members "At-Large":

Maxine Davis North Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Chris Manning North Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Len Kupkowski North Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Vacant North Term Expires: 12/31/2016
James Hyland North Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Timothy Bertino North Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Vacant South Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Dan Imfeld South Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Doug Conroe South Term Expires: 12/31/2015
Tim Glenn South Term Expires: 12/31/2014
Sue Kupkowski North Term Expires: 12/31/2016
William Johnston South Term Expires: 12/31/2014

Ex-Officio Members (Non-Voting):

Vincent Horrigan County Executive Ex-Officio
Joseph Gerace Sheriff Ex-Officio
Dr. Jason Borton Medical Director, Battalion 1 Ex-Officio
Dr. John Santillo Medical Director, Battalion 2 Ex-Officio
Dr. Michael Faulk Medical Director, Battalion 3 Ex-Officio
Dr. Brian Walters Medical Director, Battalion 4/Hazmat Ex-Officio
Julius J. Leone, Jr. Fire Coordinator Ex-Officio
P.J. Wendell County Legislator Ex-Officio
Dr. Berke Health Department Ex-Officio
Sergeant T. Butts Sheriff's Deputy, Communications Ex-Officio