During the holiday season I would like to profile unsung heroes who reside in the town who do nice things for others --without much recognition. Without these "heroes" residents of our town would have much less to be thankful of.
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ONE GROUP OF UNSUNG HEROES----ARDSLEY SECOR VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORP MEMBERS
The Ardsley Secor Volunteer Ambulance Corp was formed in 1962. The members live in Ardsley and in some sections of unincorporated Greenburgh (Secor is just outside of Ardsley -Secor Road). All the 50 active riding members are volunteers. They respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week and treat over 700 patients a year.
They are dispatched by the local police . The members wake up in the middle of the night if needed to help address emergency situations. A specific crew will be on call for three consecutive nights in every eighteen days. When the pager goes off on the crews' assigned night only those four volunteers respond.
ASVAC is part of the quad village/county mutual aid plan. If Dobbs Ferry, Hastings or any other community is out of service, unable to respond or needs additional resources, 60 control will request the Ardsley Secor Volunteer Ambulance Corp members be dispatched on a mutual aid call.
Advanced Life Support is provided by the Greenburgh Police Department who meet the ambulance on scene via fly car. If necessary, a Greenburgh Paramedic will accompany the patient to the hospital on board our ambulance in order to provide ALS level care.
They transport our patients to the nearest appropriate hospital which might include St. John's Riverside Hospital Dobbs Ferry Pavilion, White Plains Hospital or Westchester Medical Center.
The corp is very diverse. Members range in age from 16 to 60+. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Engineers, truck drivers, teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, housewives, real estate brokers, construction workers, entrepreneurs, repairmen, insurance agents, policemen, students and many others.
The corp includes a junior membership of high school students from Ardsley High School. With their parents permission, they are permitted to leave school during the day if their grades are maintained. We encourage involvement of our high school students. They are enthusiastic, dedicated and great when it comes to lifting patients.
Our crews have saved heart attack victims giving them many additional years of life, They have delivered babies on the Thruway, pulled victims out of automobile accidents, reassured Mothers with new babies with temperatures and sometimes they are soothing supportive voices and strong hands to people and families in crisis. It is a very good feeling to know you have made a positive difference in someone's life. And neighbors are comforted to know that when they call 911 well trained caring friends and neighbors are going to respond to their call for help.
Each member is trained in CPR and driver training before they may ride any call. Each year in February the entire corps is re-certified in CPR. We are chartered under the NYS department of health and follow all of their guidelines and protocols. Our EMT are certified by NYS and re-certified every three years. We require monthly training for the entire corps, in subjects related to types of injuries and situations we are likely to encounter. Each year we do at least one joint training with the Ardsley Fire Department on extrication. The fire department receives donated vehicles and we train on caring for and removing patients from a damaged vehicle. They offer CPR training classes to the community on a monthly basis.
The Ardsley Secor Volunteer Ambulance Corp has a website: www.ASVAC.ORG. Jerry Bedingfield is Captain. His e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. During this Thanksgiving/holiday season I think all would agree that our town should be thankful to have these dedicated men and women as part of our community. THANK YOU!
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