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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 6:30 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: 12/31/2022
Julius Leone Battalion 1 Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Robert Crane Battalion 2 Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Joyce Matthews Battalion 2 Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Greg Ireland Battalion 3 Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Sharoyn Ruby Battalion 3 Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Darlene Morrison Battalion 4 Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Vacant Battalion 4 Term Expires:

Voting Members from Paid Fire Service:

Dan Aldrich North County Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Donald Mowrey South County Term Expires: 12/31/2021

Voting Members from Hospitals:

Amy Romanik Brooks Memorial Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Priscilla Banes UPMC Chautauqua Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Tyler Hanson Westfield Hospital Term Expires: 12/31/2020

Voting Members from Education:

Vacant SUNY Fredonia Term Expires:
Ron Hasson Jamestown Community College Term Expires: 12/31/2021

Voting Members from Organizations:

Paul Atwell CISM Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Jennifer Guttman Fire Chiefs Association Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Larry Barter Fire Advisory Board Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Dave Thomas Commercial Ambulance Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Steve Cobb Fire Service Medical Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Vacant Coroner Term Expires:
Kevin Peebles EMS Project Coordinator Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Voting Members "At-Large":

Daniel Hazelton North Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Jennifer Guttman North Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Mark Dickey North Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Nicholas Barter North Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Dewitt Chamberlain North Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Laura Logan North Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Doug Conroe South Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Tom Summerville South Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Robert Rein, Jr. South Term Expires: 12/31/2021
William Johnston North Term Expires: 12/31/2020
Daniel Imfeld South Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Mike Volpe South Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Ex-Officio Members (Non-Voting):

Paul M. Wendel, Jr. County Executive Ex-Officio
James Quattrone Sheriff Ex-Officio
Dr. Michael Faulk Medical Director Ex-Officio
Dr. Brian Walters Medical Director Ex-Officio
Noel Guttman Fire Coordinator Ex-Officio
County Legislator Ex-Officio
County Legislator Ex-Officio
Natalie Whiteman Health Department Ex-Officio
Cpt. Richard Telford Sheriff's Deputy, Communications Ex-Officio
Dan Imfeld Deputy Fire Coordinator Haz-Mat Ex-Officio