EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
The Guilderland Paramedic Division is a subdivision of the Guilderland Police Department and known as Guilderland Emergency Medical Services (GEMS). The division is overseen by Director Captain Dan McNally and is comprised of 20 paramedics, four of which are Paramedic Supervisors. 15 of the medics are full time and 5 part time.
The paramedic unit is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is dispatched by the Guilderland Communications Division which also dispatches the town police, fire, ambulance and animal control. Medics work closely with Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, Altamont Rescue Squad, and Five Quad Ambulance responding to emergency calls not only in the town of Guilderland but also in the town of Knox and parts of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) campus.
ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT
The paramedic unit provides Advanced Life Support under the medical direction of Dr. Donald Doynow. Dr. Doynow is an emergency room physician at St. Peter's Hospital and Bassett Hospital. In addition, he is the Medical Director for both Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Cobleskill’s Paramedic programs. Dr. Doynow is also a member of the Regional Emergency Medical Organization (REMO) which provides medical oversight for a six-county area in New York State. He is a vital part of the system and his guidance has ensured the success of the unit.
The Guilderland EMS Community Outreach Program provides educational events to reach out to the children in the community. The goal of the Community Outreach Program is to educate the public about the Emergency Services provided in the town and to teach school aged children the importance of 911.
The Outreach Program has attended The Guilderland National Night Out, Tawasentha Park Summer Camp and Guilderland Elementary School events to promote healthy tips and information. At these events, children are provided valuable information in the form of coloring books to help educate them on the importance of dialing 911 for an emergency and useful information is provided to parents and the public on the Emergency Services provided by the town. The program also allows Paramedics to provide information on public health concerns such as flu vaccines, proper handwashing and pool safety.
In addition to public events, the community outreach program provides training and support to the local Fire, Police and community organizations such as the annual Pine Bush Little League meeting where medics instruct coaches and parents on the location and use of Public Access Defibrillation and the importance of contacting 911 with the proper information needed in an emergency.