CARES UP Grant Recipient 

The New York State Office of Mental Health has awarded the Town of Colonie Department of Emergency Medical Services an $80,000 2-year grant aimed at strengthening suicide prevention efforts for uniformed personnel.

The CARES UP (Changing the Conversation, Awareness, Resilience, Empower Peers, Skills Building/Suicide Prevention for Uniformed Personnel) program was designed by the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Center to offer suicide prevention and resiliency trainings.

Funding from this initiative will be used to deliver comprehensive resilience and wellness training as well as increase suicide prevention efforts for Department EMTs and Paramedics in Colonie; with the goal of increasing protective factors and reducing mental health problems faced by Uniformed Personnel.

OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “First responders and uniformed personnel face stress and trauma on a daily basis. This can lead to increased risk of significant issues, including marital/family strain, poor sleep, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance misuse, and even suicide. Identifying and understanding the growing mental health concerns within our uniformed personnel communities highlights the critical need for initiatives like CARES UP. This initiative will help support the men and women who serve and protect us every day, and will also help inform the public about the increased risks, challenges and behavioral health issues our first responders face.”

“First responders are at risk for behavioral health related issues due to their exposure to trauma and death,” stated Supervisor Peter Crummey. “This grant will help ensure that our EMS personnel have access to the resources they need to help them through their challenges, and hopefully define safe harbors for mental health. Our EMS personnel and first responders are always there for us and we are going to be there for them.”

Emergency Medical Services Chief Paul Sugrue added, “Our staff are the most important resource within the Department.  We recognize the toll and stresses that our profession can take on the emotional and mental health of our providers.  This grant will allow us to provide targeted training to address those needs, provide protective factors, as well as aid in preventing mental health problems”.  

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2017 Regional Emergency Medical Organization Agency of the year

Colonie EMS was awarded the 2010 International Association of Fire Chiefs Heartsafe Community Award for achieving the highest resuscitation rate in the United States for a community of less than 100,000 residents.

Colonie EMS was awarded New York State EMS agency of the year for 2010

Colonie EMS was awarded the 2010 REMO EMS agency of the year

Colonie EMS receives award as the nation's finest! The Town of Colonie Emergency Medical Services Department was awarded the National Association of Emergency Medical Technician's National Paramedic Service of the Year Award for 1999. Services from across the United States compete to receive this prestigious annual award. The award is given to one service of high distinction that has demonstrated excellence, innovation and community service. Previous award recipients have been EMS agencies in Tampa, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Houston.

Colonie EMS personnel were on hand to receive the award at the National Association of EMTs symposium in Syracuse, New York on October 2, 1999. This national award-coinciding with our tenth anniversary was especially nice and served to recognize all of the members of our community EMS team: EMS Department, Fire Departments, Police Department, Medical Community and our Town administration, all of whom are part of our nationally recognized, high caliber service.

Colonie EMS receives regional honors - In 1992, Colonie EMS was awarded the EMS Service of the Year award by the Regional EMS Council of the Hudson-Mohawk Valley.