Thursday, April 30, 2009

Additinal H1Ni flu information

Please visit the following web sites for additional information on the H1N1 flu:
NYS DOH flu hotline 1-800- 808-1987
Also, information from the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS was faxed and e-mailed to all organizations having contact info on file.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu

To keep current with the latest information on swine flu, please visit the New York State Department of Health web site at

Monday, April 13, 2009

Assistance to Firefirghters Grants

The FFY 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program opens 8 AM April 15, 2009. For more information go to:

Skywarn spotter training

The National Weather Service will be hosting Skywarn spotter training in the coming weeks. One class will be offered in Ulster County on April 21 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Ulster Hose Co #5 firehouse on Ulster Ave. Additional dates, course locations and registration information may be found at the following site:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Recruitment and Retention

The emergency services of Ulster County are putting together a recruitment and retention program that will consist of countywide efforts and a hand-off for individual agencies to use. A committee consisting of Jim Bracco of the Ulster Hose Fire Department, Jim Coddington of New Paltz Rescue, Charlie Mutz the UC Fire Coordinator, Ritch Parrish the UC EMS Coordinator, Joe Sills of the UCVFA and Art Snyder of UC EC/EM are working on identifying best practices, a needs assessment, marketing strategy, and other components of a comprehensive program. We have reached out to other New York counties that already have successful recruitment and retention programs and are looking nationally to incorporate elements of those programs as well. If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact any of the committee members to share them. Thank you for helping make this a successful program.