EMS providers share needs, concerns with lawmaker

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UTICA — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, hosted an Emergency Medical Services roundtable on Thursday at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., to discuss the needs and concerns of local EMS agencies. 

“The roundtable discussion allowed me the opportunity to hear directly from our emergency medical service providers about the challenges they are facing,” Buttenschon said.

“Just as we are seeing today in many other professions, they, too, are experiencing shortages in the workforce, causing additional and undo stress on our emergency medical technicians and paramedics,” Buttenschon added.

“These trained medical professionals provide stabilizing and critical care that can be lifesaving in an emergency,“ the assemblywoman said, adding the event provided an opportunity for providers to address a wide range of issues that can impact their ability to serve residents throughout the region.

Buttenschon invited the representatives to the roundtable to determine the legislative priorities of various first responder groups — from ambulance corps to fire departments to other providers — as the state approaches the 2022 legislative session.

Additionally, the Marcy Democrat said the event also was an opportunity for providers to review what resources they need, express concerns and offer solutions.

Buttenschon said that has been a supporter of first responders, including EMS personnel, in Albany. Earlier this month, she authored a resolution designating Friday, Oct. 8, as First Responders Day in the state.

Additionally, Buttenschon co-sponsored a bill establishing the Rural Emergency First Responder Program Revolving Fund to provide grants for emergency responders to participate in training programs.

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