Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Not all healthcare takes place in clinical settings like doctors’ offices, hospitals, or health centers. When a community member needs care as fast as possible, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers are the first to respond, providing critical care at the scene, in the back of an ambulance, or even aboard a rescue boat, helicopter, or other emergency vehicle.

Because of its role on the “front line” of healthcare, EMS operations require a great deal of planning to ensure consistency, quality, and seamless cooperation with local hospitals, 911 centers, and other agencies. In the North Country, FDRHPO assists with this planning and facilitation through its partnership with the North Country EMS Program Agency.

As one of 18 program agencies in New York State, the North Country EMS Program Agency oversees operations of more than 190 EMS organizations across Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington, and parts of Hamilton counties — most of which are staffed by volunteers from their communities. For all of these EMS organizations, the Program Agency provides…

  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Policy and Regulatory Guidance
  • EMS Training and Credentialing
  • Technical Support
  • and more!

Through the guidance of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO) and the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC), the Program Agency also works with educational institutions, 911 centers, hospital emergency departments, law enforcement officials, and other stakeholders to ensure the entire EMS system runs smoothly. These two regulatory bodies are composed of regional experts who meet quarterly to discuss current policies and procedures. To learn more about the North Country REMSCO and REMAC, click here, for Mountain Lakes REMSCO and REMAC, click here.

In addition to all this, the North Country EMS Program Agency hosts an educational EMS Conference every year, which celebrated its 21st Anniversary in April 2022. This “Spring Fling” event is attended by hundreds of EMS providers, and it provides valuable training and continuing medical education.

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Want to learn more?

If you have questions about the North Country EMS Program Agency, its initiatives, or something else EMS-related, we’re here to help! Get to know us below to see who might be your best contact.

Ann Smith
EMS Program Director
Jonathan Cole
EMS Program Assistant
Zachary Boucher
EMS Data & Informatics Coordinator
Jessica Thompson
EMS Clinical Coordinator
*For EMS courses and certification, contact:

Clinton County
Storm Treanor: Clinton County Coordinator
Clinton County Community College


Jefferson County
Paul Barter
(315) 786-3760


Warren County
Travis Howe

Essex County
Bruce Barry
Elizabethtown Community Hospital
Scott Harwood
North Country Community College
Phone: 518-354-5153

Lewis County
Robert MacKenzie
Course Sponsor Managed by Jefferson County

Franklin County
Jerry Dumas
Alice Hyde Medical Center
Scott Harwood
North Country Community College
Phone: 518-354-5153

St. Lawrence County
Doug Wildermuth

Washington County
Travis Howe