February 12th, 2016
The Regional Paramedic Program is a collaboration between several medical facilities and medical transportation services to bring EMS education to rural areas where it is not available.

On Friday February 12th the ALSTAR EMS Training Center hosted an open house as an opportunity to educate prospective students about the benefits of becoming a Paramedic. Prospective students from all over Chautauqua County were able to mingle with teachers, administration and graduates to get all their questions answered.

Guests were treated to a tour of the facility, demos, refreshments and even the chance to win a first aid bag door prize. Using the distance learning technology that makes this program such a success, attendees were also able to experience a "live remote" into the Olean General Hospital Distance Learning Classroom.

Pictured is Shane Wilson and Candy Anderson, both graduates of the 2015 Regional Paramedic Program.

February 11th, 2016
Cassadaga Valley students grades 6th-12th were treated to a career day which included over 30 businesses from the greater Chautauqua County area. The students were able to mingle with representatives from area businesses while learning about requirements for entering the workforce.

Pictured is Tim Carlson, Paramedic and Field Supervisor for ALSTAR EMS. Tim spoke with the students about his role in EMS including his job description, working conditions, education and training. Many students expressed that they had family members in the local volunteer fire departments and plan on becoming an EMT or a Paramedic themselves.
February 6th, 2016
Cub Scout members of the Allegheny Highlands Council gathered for a "Winter Cub Fun Day" at Camp Merz on Chautauqua Lake. Many great stations were set up for the kids to visit including a BB gun range, The Red Cross, horse drawn sleigh rides and many more.

Pictured are Bob Hawkins, Paramedic and Asst. Field Operations Manager and Candy Anderson also a Paramedic representing ALSTAR EMS. Not pictured is Jen Guttman, Flight Medic for Starflight. The kids enjoyed learning about EMS and especially had a great time with the hands-on demos.
November 11th, 2015
The Little Learners Daycare, located in Fredonia, New York is far from your average child care center. Children who attend Little Learners often refer to the experience as "school" much like their older counterparts who get on the bus everyday and travel to an elementary, middle or high school. The daycare is just that. Miss Donna, business owner and care provider puts focus on the child's development, growth and exploration while the children are in her care. Each month, Miss. Donna creates a theme in which learning activities are based off of. For the month of November, the educational theme was healthcare.

ALSTAR EMS visited the daycare on November 11th and spoke with the children about what an EMT or a paramedic does. Todd Songer, Paramedic and Field Operations Manager for ALSTAR EMS talked with the kids about safety and first aid. The kids were able to see and feel some of the medical supplies an EMS provider uses every day. At the end of the presentation, the children were treated to a story and a tour of an ambulance. The kids particularly liked having the opportunity to see the lights on the ambulance.

September 6th, 2015
The City of Jamestown organized their 36th Annual Jamestown Labor Day Festival on Sunday September 6th, 2015 at Bergman Park. This widely attended event honors the area labor force with a much anticipated fireworks extravaganza. Many other events including an arts and craft show, 5K run and entertainment from local musicians were part of the festival as well. Thousands of people gathered during the unusually hot September day. ALSTAR EMS provided an EMS station as a precaution for any medical emergencies that may occur. Staff members were also on hand to perform free blood pressure checks for festival attendees.
August 11th, 2015
The Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center held its 2nd Annual Career Fair on Tuesday August 11th as a conclusion of their summer program. A group of about 35 students prepared questions for area businesses who are currently recruiting for employees. Along with many other businesses, ALSTAR EMS showcased some of the great aspects available to students who are looking to join the workforce. The young adults were very interested in topics such as pre-requisites needed to be an EMT or a Paramedic and the different skill set each one had.
July 27th - August 2nd, 2015
The Chautauqua County Fair is a much anticipated event in the county each year. Hundreds of people gather to experience the midway rides, sample the food, shop the vendors, socialize with friends and watch the entertainment in the grandstands. Each year, ALSTAR EMS staffs the EMS Station with highly trained EMT's and Paramedics in case of an accident or emergency during the event. EMT's such as Liz Barter and Nicole Benkleman were happy to help anyone in need and were available to treat anything involving acute medical care.
July 14th, 2015
In efforts to celebrate local community heroes in Jamestown New York, the YMCA Heritage House Child Care Center invited ALSTAR EMS to speak with several kids about being an EMT or a paramedic. Phil Wilson, Clinical Operations Manager and Paramedic for ALSTAR EMS visited the class of about 15 kids and talked with them about different tools an EMT may use on an every day medical call. Each child was enthused at the chance to hear their own heartbeat on a stethoscope and they also had the opportunity to get in and explore an ambulance. Phil also read the kids a story about different medical vehicles that may be used when transporting a patient. The children had a great time learning about what an EMT does and even more importantly, that people like Phil are available to help them when they need medical attention.
June 24th, 2015
Congratulations are in order for our own Phil Wilson! Phil was a recent winner of the Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company Emergency Personnel Award. Each year, The Post-Journal and the American Red Cross present “A Salute to our Hometown Heroes.”  Community members nominate exceptional people who have big hearts, a positive impact on our society and are worthy of a Hometown Hero Award. Phil has been an asset to ALSTAR EMS for over 25 years, spearheading many projects including a “distance learning” program to help local students to get the skills training needed to become a paramedic, without the travel commitments that are oftentimes involved.

Great work Phil! We are proud to call you one of our own Hometown Heroes!

June 5th, 2015
Each year Jefferson Middle School invites local businesses to their Career Day. Dozens of professionals gather from the area to showcase the careers that are offered in their industry. Students got to learn about the different careers offered in Western New York in hopes of inspiring and educating them on the options they have available. Robin Muscaro, Human Resources Manager for ALSTAR EMS and Timothy Carlson, Paramedic for ALSTAR EMS spoke to the students about what it is like taking care of the most critically ill patients. Tim spoke about the training and education needed to become an EMT as well as a Paramedic. He also talked about the different skill set needed for each level of care. The students especially liked watching the demonstrations Tim showed them which included airway and blood management.
June 2nd, 2015
Cultural Diversity is a very important aspect of the workforce. With Chautauqua County’s population ranging from 9%-25% Latino, it is crucial that businesses understand potential barriers this growing population may face when searching for a career path. On Tuesday June 2nd W.C.A. Services/ALSTAR EMS attended a Cultural Competency training as well as a job fair hosted by Chautauqua Works and Chautauqua Tapestry. We learned about the 4 barriers to Latino employment and efficient strategies that can be successful when integrating the Spanish speaking population into our company.
May 30th-31st, 2015
Each year, ALSTAR EMS as well as many other local businesses get together and sponsor The Resource Center’s Street Jam, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. This charity tournament raises funds to provide disabled people in Chautauqua County much needed services. Along with donating time and resources to this worthy cause, W.C.A. Services/ALSTAR EMS provided and staffed the Mash Tent where injured players received first aid care. Whether it was a sprained ankle or skinned knee, we worked hard to take care of the players and get them back in the game.
May 17th-23rd, 2015
The volunteer fire departments as well as our own EMT’s are usually the first to arrive on the scene of an accident or to help a person in distress. It is so important that we recognize them for their amazing efforts and selfless acts. Many EMS providers put the wellbeing of our community first by missing family functions, their jobs and even daily lives to tend to a person in need. We appreciate these amazing people every day however, we do celebrate them during EMS Week which is in May. As a way of saying “Thank-You” we encourage EMS providers to stop by for a cook-out or celebratory event during this week so we can let them know that we appreciate everything they do.
March 19th, 2015
Ms. Southard’s Health Education class at Randolph Central School learned about the exciting careers available in Emergency Medical Services.  Ron Hasson, EMS Resources Manager spoke to a class of about 17 children about his experiences as a Paramedic in Western New York. The students were intrigued by the stories Ron told about his 40 years in EMS. The kids were able to ask questions about the job and life in the field.
If your school or organization would like a member of our team to come and present on the Emergency Medical System, please let us know.
Call Kelly Fiorella, Community Outreach Coordinator at 716-664-7353 ext 202 to set up a presentation!