Robert Stoessel began his career in EMS over two decades ago as a volunteer with the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department in Nassau County. He received his Paramedic certificate from St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers Paramedic Program in 2002. Robert and his family moved to Suffolk County soon after and he left the volunteer sector to pursue EMS as a full time career. Rob worked as a NYC Paramedic at NSLIJ Health System and for nine years at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens. In 2003 while raising two young children he began working for PJEMS. His career at PJEMS began as a part time Paramedic and in 2005 he was promoted to Paramedic Supervisor. In 2011 Robert left Flushing Hospital to dedicate his full time efforts to growing PJEMS. Rob was promoted to Asst. Chief, and took charge of the day-to-day operations. IN 2015 he was promoted to Deputy Chief and Executive Director.
Robert has a B.S. in Emergency Management from SUNY Empire State College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College. Robert has a Critical Care Paramedic Certificate from Creighton University and is currently pursuing a certificate in Organizational Leadership.
Robert was instrumental in creating the Opiate Overdose Prevention Program partnership with Hope House Ministries. This joint venture trains 50-60 local residents bi-monthly in the use of Narcan. He headed the volunteer membership restructuring to make it more enticing for college students to volunteer their time. He leads the Stony Brook University Health Technology Students recruitment drive. This program has brought over 40 new student volunteers to PJEMS. Students, spend their college years giving back to the community that they reside in while pursuing higher education. One of his proudest administrative achievements was co-creating the non-emergent transport program at PJEMS. This service is a joint venture with both JT Mather and St Charles Hospital. The goal of this program, which has been realized, puts a Basic Life Support ambulance in the 911 system during peak time of the day at zero cost to the taxpayer.
Robert is active both regionally and at the State level representing our agency on the Suffolk County Regional Medical Advisory Council (REMAC). He chairs the REMAC Operational Standards Sub Committee. In 2013 Robert was the recipient of the Suffolk County Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO) EMS Leadership Award for his Commitment to Emergency Medical Services in the Region.
When not at work Rob can be found on the sidelines of his daughters lacrosse and field hockey games. The family also has a healthy year round obsession with Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY Robert, his wife Ginny and daughters Meaghan and Emily reside in Miler Place.