Littauer Security Uses National Rescue Task Force Program

Littauer Security Uses National Rescue Task Force Program

GLOVERSVILLE, NY Recently, Nathan Littauer Hospital has provided Rescue Task Force (RTF) training for its security staff. Our Rescue Task Force program is focused on working with local law enforcement and first responders to reduce casualties during high-risk emergency situations. This new collaborative approach to emergencies enables our security staff to coordinate with local fire and police departments.

LaBuff reviews with Littauer security staff about RTF procedures.

Patrick LaBuff, Emergency Management Supervisor of Nathan Littauer, held an in-house RTF training Program, September 8, at Littauer. The training aims to reduce casualties when in an emergency, by providing immediate aid to those in need. As a result, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is attempting to assure its patients, staff, and visitors that they will remain safe if a disaster happens.

“Thankfully, these situations on a national scale are extremely rare. But, it is important to be prepared,” says LaBuff. “Most importantly, we are keeping everyone as safe as possible by preparing for the worst. Strategic planning for something like this will, without a doubt, mitigate future conflicts and keep our people safe.”

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services asserts that RTF training is imperative to operating on the safest level in the event of an emergency. With the Rescue Task Force program, individuals are properly trained to get to a patient or victim quicker to save lives.

“We have outstanding support from the community,” LaBuff states. “The Gloversville Police Department, the Gloversville Fire Department, Fulton County Emergency Management, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office are extremely supportive of the Rescue Task Force program training on hospital grounds. To our knowledge, we’re one of the very first hospitals in the country to incorporate RTF training for security staff. Every staff member we train provides an additional resource to further assist local law enforcement and EMS during an emergency.”

“In today’s world, preparation and training lead to a much better outcome when it comes to high-risk situations,” says Sheriff Richard C. Giardino. “Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Emergency Management Team has been leading the hospital and its partners in preparation by training and networking with its local law enforcement partners.”

“The Rescue Task Force program helps support the public safety initiative,” says Marc Porter, Chief of Police of the Gloversville Police Department. “Providing Littauer’s security staff with training that is consistent with local law enforcement training will allow us the opportunity to work together and achieve a common goal: safety.”

Nathan Littauer security staff will offer Rescue Task Force program training four times a year. For more information about the Rescue Task Force program, please visit:



About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting

Littauer announces new Emergency Management Supervisor, Patrick LaBuff

Littauer Supervisor of Security and Emergency Management, Patrick LaBuff

GLOVERSVILLE, NEW YORK (January 25, 2018) – Littauer is proud to welcome Patrick LaBuff as the hospital’s new Emergency Management Supervisor. LaBuff comes to Littauer with a dual Masters degree in Homeland Security and Disaster Management from American Military University. He received his B.A in Political Science from Binghamton University, and an A.A.S in Homeland Security & Disaster Management from Onondaga Community College, along with Firefighter Certifications from the New York State Fire Academy.

LaBuff’s professional career has included working with United States Congress as a Federal Liaison Caseworker engaged in communications between constituents and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA/ICE, Department of Justice/FBI/ATF, to state a few.

After his initial work, he was promoted to Homeland Security & EM Advisor, maintaining effective communications between the member of Congress and Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, Military personnel, and other stakeholders throughout the district. LaBuff’s assignment had him providing a hazard/threat assessment over an eight county district which included 750,000 people. His experience has had him assist with over six international/national crisis incidents.

“Littauer is thrilled to have a professional with Patrick’s education and professional background directly on our campus,” said Leslie Beadle, Littauer’s Vice President and Administrator of NLH Nursing Home. “He brings great skills to apply to our emergency preparedness plans to ensure a safe, secure environment.”

In addition, LaBuff was recognized with the Presidential Call to Service Award, presented by the Obama Administration for 4,000 hours of volunteer service.

“My passion for security and management stems from an entire family of dedicated public servants. In fact, I have family in Newtown, Connecticut, and the Sandy Hook shooting reinforced my passion for emergency management,” said LaBuff.

LaBuff’’s responsibilities include hospital security, and emergency management at Littauer and all 10 primary/specialty care centers.