What is the Nassau Regional EMS Council?

The Nassau Regional EMS Council was established in 1993 by an act of the New York State Legislature. The Council consists of 30 members who live within the County of Nassau. One third of the members are active EMS providers, one third are Hospital based professionals and one third represents other important aspects of EMS (i.e. Communications, Disaster Management). The Council is responsible for coordinating EMS within the County. This includes the PCR distribution system as well as many other aspects of Emergency Medical Services.

Who's Who at the Council:

·         Chairman:  Gary Ferrucci, EMT-CC,  is a former Chief of the Valley Stream Fire Department and is currently serving as the senior member of Heavy Rescue Company. He is also serving as EMS Coordinator for the Advanced Life Support EMS Division of VSFD. He is a First Deputy Chief of the Nassau County EMS Academy and Regional Faculty for the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. He has been recognized as an “Expert” in EMS procedures and traffic crash investigation in Nassau County and State Courts. Gary has presented numerous seminars throughout the County and State dealing with EMS Safety at traffic crashes. He has been  a presenter for the National College of District Attorneys in Las Vegas Nevada.

·         Vice - Chairman:   Paul Divver EMT-P, is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Council. Paul has been on the council for the past 3 years, and has served as the Chairman of the Systems Committee, and served on the Training and Education Committee. Paul is a Police Medic Coordinator with the Nassau County Police Dept Emergency Ambulance Bureau, and currently serves as the administrator of the Nassau County Fire Police Academy. Paul is a former member and Ex-Captain of the Inwood Fire Department, and has been an active EMS provider for over 25 years.


·         Secretary/Treasurer: Thomas Mastakouris, EMT-P, is currently the Fire Commissioner and former EMS Captain of the South Farmingdale Fire Department.  He serves as Co-Chairman for the Nassau County Fire Commission’s EMS Committee and Chairman of the Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County EMS Committee.  He is a Nassau County Police Medic and thoroughly enjoys working with the community.

·       Executive Director: John J. Hassett, EMT, is the Executive Director of the Council and is representing the Nassau REMSCo on the State EMS Council, he previously served on the SEMSCo for 12 years where he represented the Nassau Region.  He was the Council's Chairman from its inception in 1993 through 1996.  John completed three terms as Chairman, and a term as the Secretary/Treasurer.  John is the Chairman of District 12 of the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association.  He is Treasurer of the Malverne Volunteer Ambulance Corps, has been a member for 45 years and is a past President of the Corps and Chairman of the Board.



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