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"For the common good of the residents and persons in the New City area and the well being thereof, we associate ourselves together as a non-profit organization for the following purposes: To provide emergency, medical and ambulance service to this community, at any time such service may be necessary, and to maintain within reasonable limits, for loan to residents of this area certain health care appliances and other equipment as available, without charge for any service rendered."
We record with pride a current roster of 75 Active riding members; the availability of 4 State Certified ambulances; a Supervisor's Emergency response car; and the special "MASH" disaster unit. All of our members hold EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) credentials or are in the process of achieving same. An EVOC curriculum (Emergency Vehicle Operating Course) is offered, which qualifies our drivers as proficient ambulance operators. In addition, "Continuing Medical Education Courses" are available. These courses are designed to help develop greater expertise and improve performance in emergency care, through exposure to new methodology and technical updates. "CME" courses earn academic credits, which can be of value in EMT recertification or assist in the achievement of higher level medical credentials.
Our Corps responds to all medical emergency calls "24 - 7". Calls are characterized as Basic (BLS) or Advanced (ALS) life support types. Responding to ALS, New City Ambulance Volunteers perform as part of a "Life Support Team" with Clarkstown's contracted, paid, Paramedic staff. Each rig/ambulance, is equipped with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) which is of critical value in cardiac emergencies. To improve response time, we recently installed the "GPS" street address locator, a Global Positioning System. This mechanism enables us to gain explicit road directions to the location of any accident area or medical emergency address. To enhance this response device, we have incorporated use of the "Opticon System". This is a system which can override a traffic signal light, permitting it to be changed, as necessary to expedite movement in traffic. One can readily conclude that the Corps moves forward with the best of new technology, in a most positive direction.
Since the September 11th, 2001 terror attack, we continue to develop new concepts in our approach to the management of mass casualty events (MCI's). We've devised security and protective measures to safeguard our vehicles and their crews. We are jointly committed with the various emergency departments (Police, Fire and Sheriff) to promote community safety, protection, and adequate medical care. The Ambulance Corps' pursuit of preparedness, by participation in mock drills, offers hands on training in the management of biological, chemical or radiological mass casualty events. The Corps and the Community are engaged in programs to insure that all critical response requirements are realized at an optimum.
New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps/RS is an organization that keeps alert to change. We plan in anticipation of need and attempt to do all that is possible to ensure a viable medical emergency response. Our story is reflected in our history. This history in turn, is our legacy to those who are to follow. It is a vivid documentation of the effort of myriads of dedicated volunteers who have unselfishly come forward over the years and who have performed with excellence. It is a history shrouded in continuing community support and pride ...it is the absolute mark of a caring people.
- Carol Ackerman
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