OSWEGO – Emergency medical services providers throughout Oswego County were recognized recently for their outstanding service in 2011.
The fifth annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards Banquet was held at Bayshore in Oswego.
The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC), which organized the event, expressed appreciation for the major sponsors of the 2012 EMSAC Awards Banquet.
This year’s Gold sponsors were Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s) and Entergy. Silver sponsors included Constellation Energy and Uniforms Etc., while Oswego Health was a Bronze sponsor.
Jeff Paquette of Entergy provided photos of the presentations.
Guest speaker Dr. Derek Cooney, director of EMS and Disaster Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, commended Oswego County’s EMS providers as “meeting high levels of standards and following protocols that are relatively new across the country.”
He told the group, “EMS unique because it’s also operational. Without (EMTs in the field) the operation doesn’t work.”
The annual banquet honored more than 40 EMS providers.
In some categories, Oswego County EMS Coordinator James Jones noted there were several recipients.
“The simple fact is this,” he said. “When there is excellence among us, in the business of saving lives, we’re going to celebrate it.”
EMSAC President Norm Wallis, director of Operations for NOCA in Pulaski, offered his congratulations to the recipients and thanked the EMS community, “for all the hard work and dedication you give to the public when they are sick or injured. It’s a very important thing you do.”
The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council was chartered to assist emergency medical services agencies in Oswego County.
Ambulance corps include Oswego Fire Department, Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s) in Fulton, Donald McFee Ambulance Service in Mexico, Northern Oswego County Ambulance (NOCA) in Pulaski, Southern Oswego County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SOVAC) in Central Square, North Shore Ambulance Squad in Cleveland, and Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SAVAC) of SUNY Oswego.