Hoffman to serve as chair for state safety committee

— On Monday, Dec. 19, Rural/Metro Medical Services of Central New York announced that Butch Hoffman, a NREMT-paramedic and special operations supervisor from Cazenovia has been selected to serve as the chair of the Safety Committee for the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council.

In the open-ended appointment, Hoffman’s leadership will oversee relevant safety initiatives of the committee, in coordination with other state, local and federal agencies.

Hoffman has been a voting member of SEMSCO since 2009, and also serves as chairperson of the Midstate Regional Emergency Medical Services Council, a member of the Onondaga County LEPC, Onondaga County Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force and Preparedness Planning Group, and New York State Type 2 Incident Management Team.

He has been with Rural/Metro Medical Services since 1991, serving in a variety of roles including paramedic preceptor, advanced critical incident stress debriefer, special operations supervisor and backup to the coordinator of Rural/Metro’s Nationwide Disaster Response Team.

Hoffman, a National Registry EMT paramedic, also holds a variety of certifications from FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, NIMS, U.S. Public Health Service and Department of Justice. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and Union County College.

Rural/Metro has been an integral part of the region’s healthcare delivery system since 1953, and is the only accredited ambulance service in the region.

With a professional staff of nearly 300, Rural/Metro responds to more than 50,000 calls for help each year in Central New York. For more information, visit the local organization website at ruralmetrosyracuse.com.

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