814.201.2265 saems@saems.com

Southern Alleghenies EMS Council, Inc.
2900 Beale Ave, Suite 126
Altoona, PA  16601
(814)201.2429 Fax



Check Out Our Blog!

If you are looking for the latest updates, check out our BLOG through the menu bar above.  The website pages will be updated intermittently, but the BLOG is truly where it all happens.  Any new information or updates will be posted to the BLOG first!  Check it out!

Drowning/Near-Drowning Reporting

The Bureau of EMS has updated the Drowning/Near Drowning reporting form through EMS Information Bulletin 2017-07.

The Bureau of Community Health Services (BCHS) has a requirement to investigate drownings and near-drownings in the Commonwealth, and the Bureau of EMS assists them in collecting this information.  Agencies are requested to complete and submit the Drowning/Near Drowning Event Report within 72 hours of an event.

We have been collecting this information for a number of years through a form on our website, and the form continues to be available to simplify the reporting process.  Completing the online report will automatically submit your report and submit it to BCHS.

To complete a Drowning/Near Drowning Event Report, please CLICK HERE

Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders

The first responders on the front line in the battle against the national opioid epidemic got a new guideline Tuesday from the Drug Enforcement Agency on how handle the incredibly deadly drug fentanyl.

Image: Fentanyl Lethal Does Compared to a PennyA lethal dose of fentanyl as compared to a penny. DEA

It’s called “Fentanyl: A Brief Guide for First Responders.” And Acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg said it should be required reading.

The guide can be found by CLICKING HERE

Protocol Updates

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) has published revisions to the Statewide ALS, BLS and AEMT protocols.  These new protocols will be effective on September 1, 2017.  Agencies may implement the protocol revisions prior to September 1, 2017 once their personnel appropriately educated on the changes and updates.  It is the responsibility of the agency medical director to verify that providers are appropriately educated on the revisions and updates.  EMS Information Bulletin 2017-09 explains the process and required education for EMS providers and responsibilities for EMS agency medical directors.

The online training module for the protocol revisions is currently available on the PA TRAIN system.