Mohawk VP appointed to national council

— Mohawk Ambulance Service on Monday, Aug. 27, announced Vice President James McPartlon was appointed to serve on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).

The council advises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on all EMS matters and related issues. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood appointed McPartlon and 24 other EMS leaders to the national council, to which new members are appointed every two years.

McPartlon was noted for his leadership experience at local, state and national levels. He is the past president of the American Ambulance Association. He is currently serving as chairman of the United New York Ambulance Network.

“I am honored to serve on this national advisory council,” McPartlon said in a statement. “Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest ambulance service provider in Upstate New York, I hope to have the opportunity to leverage my experience.”

NEMSAC, admin-istered by NHTSA, provides expert advice and recommendations to the safety agency and its federal partners on key issues including recruitment and retention of EMS personnel, data collection, quality assurance and EMS education.

“The leadership and professional expertise of the new council members will help NHTSA ensure that the nation’s emergency response services have the most up-to-date information so they can focus on saving lives,” LaHood said in a statement.

Mohawk Ambulance Service recently opened its new station in Glenville and it has service stations located in Schenectady, Albany, Troy and Brunswick. Mohawk has more than 250 employees and holds a Certificate of Need in Schenectady Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. Also, Mohawk has voluntarily responded to major state and national catastrophes, such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

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