Line Officers and Medical Control:

Although generally working alone, paramedics are supervised by a chief and assistant chief who oversee operation of the entire organization.  These officers are elected annually by their peers and a board-of-directors composed of fire department representatives, business officers of the Central Erie County Paramedic Association, and the medical director.

On-line medical direction is provided by two medical command facilities located in Erie County:  St. Vincent Health Center and Hamot Medical Center, both located in Erie, Pennsylvania.  EKG telemetry is transmitted by cellular modem from the field to the hospital and medical consultation is available via UHF radio or cellular telephone as circumstances dictate.  Off-Line medical direction is provided by a set of comprehensive written protocols approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the regional Councils for Emergency Medical Services.

The service medical director is a licensed physician whose duties include training, on-line medical direction, supervision, quality assurance, research, and development of the protocols used to govern patient care in the EMS system.

Chief Jeff Otteni (960)  has been involved in the emergency medical services for more than 35 years and is one of the original paramedics who organized the Central Erie County Paramedic Association in 1986.  He lives in McKean and continues to volunteer with the McKean Hose Company as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.  Otteni is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  When off-duty, he can be reached at (814) 476 - 7606.

Assistant Chief Micheal McCabe (961) has been a paramedic for more than 28 years and is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  McCabe lives in Springboro Pennsylvania and is a former member of the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department.  McCabe can be reached at (814) 587 - 0076.

Medical Director Christopher Cammarata, D.O. is an emergency physician with UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa.  and UPMC Northwest in Seneca. He is a graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and served his residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Cammarata is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and has worked in the emergency services for more than 15 years. Dr. Cammarata may be contacted via Hamot Medical Center at (814) 877 - 6485.