History of New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps/Rescue Squad
New City Volunteer
Ambulance Corps/Rescue Squad found its beginning in the dedicated
efforts of a few pioneers.
During the late '50s, as the community aggressively
developed with the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge, members of the
Nanuet Community Ambulance Corps who resided in the Hamlet of New City,
realized the extensive need for a local and immediate response emergency
medical service. Beset with a shortage of funds, the group applied for
and was granted a State Charter on June 22, 1960 to operate under the
name-"New City Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Inc." This occurrence was a
most memorable day for New City and Clarkstown.
personal dollars and a commitment of promissory notes, the Charter
members soon procured an old Pontiac Ambulance from the Nanuet Corps and
went into service. To house this vehicle, the first Corps quarters was
established in rented space, at 3rd Street, off Main in New City. Three
years later the Corps relocated to a site provided by Mr. Nemeroff, near
the current Post Office.
years of the Corps were difficult years and the members struggled to
provide service specified in the preamble of their constitution and
"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."
this time annual call volume approximated 300 calls. Training of
personnel was conducted under the auspices of the American Red Cross and
a knowledge of Basic First Aid became the initial requirement. As time
went by Advanced First Aid became the required mandate. The Corps
operated on a shoe string budget, and door to door collections were
standard part of the annual fund drive. The visibility of the Corps was
prominent at every community function . . . sports games, parades,
picnics and fairs. The pride of the Volunteer Medic was foremost, with
concerned professional service becoming an extended hand of caring,
available 24 hours a day.
organization grew in numbers and attrition was always a problem.
Nonetheless, dedicated citizens have always come forward and New City
Volunteer Ambulance Corps survived and flourished. In 1967 it once again
relocated its quarters to a more central and accessible location, the
DeBevoise Post American Legion Building. Here in a two car garage (barn)
with and adjacent 15' x 15' room, the Corps ran its functions and
maintained two Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulances (The olde Grays).
Expansion was inevitable. In these crowded quarters was planted the seed
for finding a permanent home. It was during this period that the Corps'
first female members joined the ranks. This decision provided the
organization with a new source of Active Riding Members; helped bolster
the ranks of the dwindling volunteers specifically during day time tours
and gave rise to "The Order of the Roadrunner" a unique group of members
who put in a tremendous amount of service time.
City's populace continued to grow it was time to decide where to
strategically locate and how to become our own landlord. After an
extensive search and much debate, in 1973 the Corps purchased the Ward
property on Congers Road and soon broke ground for its permanent home
mortar and steel came together to mold this new edifice, the spirit of
accomplishment was at its peak. Laborers and craftsmen from all of the
building trades came forth and gave of themselves hours of free labor
and skills. Our new home soon became a dream come true.
building dedication in September 1974, a new era in health care service
began. The concept of training all members to a new level of
performance, "The Emergency Medical Technician" (EMT) was an ongoing
goal. Elevation of the Corps from "Registered" to "State Certified"
marked a milestone in State recognition of our credentials, making New
City Volunteer Ambulance Corps the first Certified Corps in Rockland
County. Application to the State's surplus equipment program enriched us
with a third emergency vehicle which we devotedly called "the MASH
Unit-244". This converted Military Ambulance could travel mountainous
hills and ford deep waters as would be necessary when we responded to
the New City Condominium Flood Disaster in 1976.
(Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) training sessions were standard for the
community as many sought to learn the life saving techniques. Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts and various community groups filed throughout the
building to see the operation of a Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
that the youth of New City sought an opportunity to share in this
community service, The New City Volunteer Ambulance Youths Corps was
founded. The aim of this project was to set the groundwork for creating
an interest as future volunteers and to develop career goals among the
youth in various aspects of the Medical profession.
continued to develop and the ability of our member's efforts to respond
to disaster emergencies were evident, we added to our title the
designation "Rescue Squad".
drills with other Corps, Fire, Police and the Sheriff's Department
proved to be a viable benefit in preparedness. New City Volunteer
Ambulance responded heroically to the Gilchrist Crossing-School
Bus/Train collision; to the Haverstraw train tunnel fire and to the gas
tanker spill on Route 59.
of the year the clock ticked the men and women of New City's Corps
responded to those who sought medical assistance. New, sophisticated
equipment was added and updated in conformity with the aim of patient
care and comfort. New extrication devices, collars, boards and new
advanced versions of oxygen administration equipment were procured. The
Corps spared no expense in adjusting to modern methods relative to a
patients need. Larger, module type ambulances replaced the old
restricted movement vehicles. Communications and dispatch procedures
were developed. In 1971 the Corps applied for and received the first
ambulance radio frequency of its own from the FCC. This frequency has
now become the basic ambulance transmission frequency in the County.
Squad leader communications by telephone to crews were replaced by
beeper monitors and pagers. This new approach reduced response time and
provided each member with greater mobility. Access to a greater number
of ambulance personal, in the event of a catastrophe, was another
remained restless in its quest for continued improvements and soon ALS
(Advanced Life Support) was being hailed as the next set direction. As
New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps inched its way to this new level . .
. "walkie-talkie" hand set response units were purchased. The mobile
telephone expanded communication between personnel, the ambulances and
other ambulance Corps. Ambulance/ Hospital communications are now
standard and Nyack or Good Samaritan Hospital are but a push button tone
away from the rig attendant.
We are now
in our 48th year. From a somber and simple beginning we have realized a
continuous progression of events. Time did not stand still and our
members over the years have with fervent dedication contributed to the
magnitude of our accomplishments.
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.
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
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.
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