The Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council, established on January 1, 1978 per the New York State Department of Health, is one of 18 Regional EMS Councils that are administrative councils for pre-hospital care providers. It is a voluntary council and can have up to 30 members. The make-up of the council is multi-disciplinary. Not less than one-third of the membership of the regional councils shall be representatives of ambulance services and the remaining membership of the regional councils shall consist of, but not limited to, representatives of existing local emergency medical care committees, physicians, nurses, hospitals, health planning agencies, fire department emergency and rescue squads, public health officers and the general public. All members must reside within the region. The membership committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to the Council for membership. The Council will not discriminate against persons based upon age, sex, sexual preference, color, national origin, race, creed, or religion.