What is the
Nassau Regional EMS Council?
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 at the Council:
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.
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.
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.