The Southern Tier Regional EMS Council is a formally established group dedicated to ensuring that high quality prehospital emergency health care is available to the residents of, and visitors to, the Southern Tier of New York State (Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties). The Council was formed in 1975, and is statutorily responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring regional EMS system development. Membership is defined by Article 30, Section 3003, of the New York State Public Health Law and by the Council’s Bylaws.
The Council is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring regional EMS system development in the Southern Tier of New York. Our mission is to "continually strive to ensure that every person in the counties of Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben will have access to the highest quality out-of-hospital emergency care, specific to that particular emergency situation, delivered in accordance with the expected level of treatment, and receive it in a timely fashion." The Council seats 30 members: 12 from Chemung, 6 from Schuyler, and 12 from Steuben, according to the Council's bylaws. These members represent ambulances, hospitals, fire departments, public health, emergency management.
The Council normally meets eight times a year, and has up to 30 volunteer members, representing ambulance, fire, hospitals, county government, health and emergency management, in proportion to meet the requirements of Article 30 and the Council’s Bylaws. The Council coordinates a systems approach for providing prehospital emergency medical services. It sets policy, has the responsibility for effective and efficient management of the integration of all EMS system components. The Council’s work is carried out with the assistance of various committees