In October 2000, the New York State Public Health Law (NYSPHL), Article 30, was amended to allow the creation of the 18th, and last, Regional EMS Council. The Westchester Regional EMS Council was formed by the Commissioner of Health in 2001 and its members first met in June of that year.
Many agency programs and ALS credentialing were required to be transferred from Westchester's previous EMS Region, Hudson Valley. Both organizations have worked together to help make the transition as smooth as possible for the agencies and the providers. A great thanks is owed to Hudson Valley Regional EMS for helping make a difficult endeavor easier. With shared borders and similar concerns, the collaborative working relationship between the two regions continues to this day.
For more information on the Hudson Valley Region, go to the resource page:
The Regional Council is one of 18 in the State of New York. The outline of the make-up, authorities and responsibilities of the Council is provided for in Article 30 of the NYSPHL. By statute, the Council must reflect the constituencies that participate in the Regional EMS System, and at minimum have 1/3 representation by EMS agencies. Council members must also reside in the region (Westchester County).
The Westchester REMSCO meets the 4th Thursday in the months of September, December, January, March and May, unless otherwise indicated. The Annual Meeting is held in June, the date determined at the May meeting.
The Council is broken up into several distinct committees:
Each has its own responsibilities established in the REMSCO Bylaws. The names and contact emails for the current chairpersons for the committees can be found with the Officers.
GENERAL POLICY STATEMENTS
COMMITTEE SPECIFIC POLICY STATEMENTS
In accordance with NYSPHL Article 30, the Council has designated the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services (WCDES) as its Program Agency.
Its offices are located at:
The EMS Division members staffing the Regional EMS Office can be reached by phone (914-231-1616), fax (914- 813-4161), or email: