Off-Duty Paramedic Saves a Life

Assistant Chief Paul Fink (Photo by: "Photos by Truck")

Assistant Chief Paul Fink (Photo by: “Photos by Truck”)


COLONIE, New York — Off duty Paramedic and Town of Colonie EMS Department Assistant Chief Paul Fink was out to dinner with his wife at a local restaurant when another diner experienced a medical emergency, and began to choke on his steak. Paramedic Fink, although off duty at the time, jumped into action performing

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the Heimlich maneuver on the man, which dislodged the food and saved the gentleman’s life. Had Paramedic Fink not performed this lifesaving measure, the man may have suffered serious injuries including cardiac arrest and possibly, death.

Assistant Chief Fink has been a paramedic since 1975, with the Colonie EMS Department for 24 years, is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a member of the Town of Colonie Tactical Medic Response Team and responded to 9/11 as part of the USAR team.

To learn the Heimlich maneuver and hands-only CPR, please contact our office for an upcoming community CPR training date.

Please direct questions to our office 518-782-2645, ext 0 and ask for Chief Peter Berry, or email

February is Heart Month


Join us today and learn Free hands only CPR today (it’s quick & easy)!

9AM-5PM @ the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, 30 Aviation Rd, 12205

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you to Brian, Lois & Kelley for your efforts today.





New EMS Station is Underway

Our new collaborative effort with the Boght Fire Department to consolidate under one station is scheduled to be finished by Fall of 2013. This consolidated station will reduce overall costs and allow one station for EMS & Fire north of Latham in Boght. This station will house ambulances, our 670 Special Operations vehicle and spare backup ambulances.

Updated pictures as of Dec 2, 2013

As of Dec 2, 2013

As of Dec 2, 2013


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EMS Joins Police for Tactical Medic Program

EMS team at sept12 bd meeting

A first in the Town of Colonie, the EMS Department joins with the Police for special high risk situations to protect and enhance life safety of our public safety officers and injured victims. Unanimous approval at the Town of Colonie board meeting on Thursday September 12, 2013 voted to approve a program which joins select paramedics who qualified and interviewed with the town’s Special Services Team (SST) or SWAT team as it’s commonly referred to.

The initial group was selected after successful completion of  a new physical agility test, an interview by the police’s SST leaders and having had experience as part of the flight program. Colonie EMS Special Operations paramedics  will train and work closely with the SST team.

Colonie EMS Deputy chief, Peter Berry, said the five people selected are assistant chiefs Paul Fink and Jack Bevilaqua and medics Oscar LaRosa, Pat Mellon and Robbie MacCue, who also work with State Police on medical flights.

Further stories can be found on the Times Union and websites.

Colonie EMS Paramedic Named ALS Provider of the Year

For the second year in a row a Town of Colonie EMS paramedic was a Regional award winner given by the Regional Emergency Medical Organization (REMO). On October 16, 2013 Colonie EMS paramedic Raymond Faluszczak was nominated by his

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peers and chosen by the regional council committee. He was honored by REMO as the Paramedic of the year at their awards banquet held at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga.

Colonie EMS Paramedic Raymond Faluszczak (left), Executive Director Tim Mirable (center), REMO's Executive Board Chair Steve Rinaldi (right)

Colonie EMS Paramedic Raymond Faluszczak (left), Executive Director Tim Mirable (center), REMO’s Executive Board Chair Steve Rinaldi (right)

Our Team – Another Life Saved

Press Conf

Supervisor Paula Mahan  joins the EMS Department for a press conference. The Supervisor has made public safety a priority in her administration. Captain Erin Kelly speaks to the press following the emergency delivery of a baby on the side of the Northway just south of the twin bridges. “Mom and baby are doing fine”.

11 Year Old Survivor Joey Celebrates

CPR Survior Joey

Happy 1 year “new birthday” to Joey, who on April 16, 2012 suffered commotio cordis when a baseball struck him in the chest sending him into cardiac arrest. Joey was saved by bystanders who performed CPR, Colonie Police officer Brian Curran and Colonie EMS paramedics and EMTs. Congratulations to all who were involved in another great story of survival.

Link to the TimesUnion Photos.

Original Story on ABC.

LifeGuard Air Rescue

NYSP LG 12Speciality trained Colonie EMS paramedics have work closely with the New York State Police’s Aviation Unit for over 20 years to provide medical evacuation of critical patients. These crews have transported traumatically injured patients to the regional trauma center (Albany Medical Center) or other speciality centers for burns and reattachment of limbs.

Complex Extrication Off Alternate 7

Colonie EMS and fire department personnel respond to a vehicle off a high angle embankment. This vehicle found itself at the bottom of a 40′ ravine wrapped around a tree. After a 2 hour long extrication process.