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Citizen’s Advisory Committee on EMS

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Services works to increase community awareness of the EMS system and EMS providers in Dutchess County and identify the benefits, feasibility, and process to establish an Emergency Service Authority in Dutchess County. The committee’s recommendations are included in the Profile of Dutchess County EMS and Options for the Future - Review of Current Operations and Opportunities for Change report (.pdf).

The committee was formed following the recommendation of the EMS Task Force Report in 2017 and includes two sub-committees working on education for the public and first responders.

Documents

Advisory Committee Members:

  • Christopher Howard, Past Chief, Amenia Fire Company
  • Dr. David Templeton, Northern Dutchess Hospital 
  • Dr. Mark Papish, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
  • William Marshall, Dutchess County EMS Council
  • David Violante, EMS Director, Arlington Fire District
  • Michael Benenati, EMS Administrator, LaGrange Fire District 
  • Cathi Tegtmeier, citizen

Ex-Officio Member 

  • Dana Smith, Commissioner, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response
  • Shawn Castano, Deputy Commissioner, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response
  • Timothy Darcy, Director of 911, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response
  • William Beale, Director of Emergency Management, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response
  • John Mahoney, EMS Coordinator, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response