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Former paramedic tapped for STOP-DWI post

Posted 6/28/22

A former paramedic supervisor at AmCare Ambulance has been named the new, permanent STOP-DWI coordinator for Oneida County.

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Former paramedic tapped for STOP-DWI post

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UTICA — A former paramedic supervisor at AmCare Ambulance has been named the new, permanent STOP-DWI coordinator for Oneida County, according to County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

Eric Townsend, a Rome native, was appointed to the position by Picente, and his first day was May 16, county officials said. The STOP-DWI coordinator oversees many factors in regards to the county’s response to drunken driving, from educational programs to law enforcement, including purchasing breathalyzers and field screening devices for county agencies. The Oneida County STOP-DWI Program was first established in December 1981 and is funded by court fines.

“Oneida County is lucky to have Eric Townsend coordinating its STOP-DWI Program,” said Picente in a release.

“He has strong background in emergency services and online marketing and will bring a fresh perspective to the table. I look forward to seeing where he takes this important county program.”

Townsend is a graduate of Rome Free Academy, with an associate degree in criminal justice from Mohawk Valley Community College and a bachelor’s degree in public justice from the State University of Oswego. He received his paramedic certification from Herkimer County Community College.

Townsend spent the past five years as a paramedic supervisor for AmCare Ambulance Service in Rome, where he managed a team of paramedics, developed an EMS Assistant program, assisted with all training programs and operated the company’s website and social media, officials said. Prior to that, he spent four years as an EMT and paramedic.

“I look forward to working with my traffic safety colleagues, along with law enforcement and the community, to carry out County Executive Picente’s vision for keeping our roadways safe,” Townsend said. Townsend is currently the volunteer labor director for the Boilermaker Road Race, and in the past has coordinated fire and medical services for the event. He also serves as volunteer director/EMS director for the CNY Memorial Stair Climb.

Townsend takes over as STOP-DWI coordinator from Oneida County Emergency Services Director Edward Stevens, who has been filling the role on a temporary basis since 2019.

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