The Greenburgh Police Department is unique in that it is one of the few police agencies to supply emergency medical services as well law enforcement services to its constituents. The department has been providing medical treatment/transport since the early 1950’s.
In 1980, the department sent it’s first officers to paramedic school at Jacobi Hospital located in the Bronx, New York. With their successful completion of the program, the Greenburgh Police Department became the first service in Westchester County to provide level 4 Paramedic care to it’s community.
On March 14, 1997, the Greenburgh Police Department expanded their ALS service into the six incorporated villages: Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington, and Tarrytown. The population that the EMS program is responsible for serving is 86,147(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Estimates of the Resident Population, New York Governmental Units, 1990 through 1996, 11/18/96. Prepared by the Westchester County Department of Planning).
The Greenburgh Police department currently has an authorized strength of 122 police officers. All of these officers regardless of rank or position have received certification to provide basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The department currently has 23 certified Paramedics and 19 Emergency Medical Technicians.
All members of the patrol division are afforded the opportunity to become Emergency Medical Technicians. Over the last year the department has been providing the NYS Basic Emergency Medical Technician program in house. This program is conducted in conjunction with the Westchester Community College. This 160-hour program trains personnel to provide appropriate care to the victims of medical and traumatic emergencies.
The police officers and paramedics assigned to the Paramedic Unit utilize NYS Department of Health certified ambulances and fly-cars (quick response vehicles) to respond to emergencies. A minimum of 2 paramedics are assigned to each tour of duty, although it is quiet common to have 4 or more per tour. Many of the Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are assigned to a specific sector utilizing a patrol vehicle. Each patrol vehicle is equipped with a combination first aid/oxygen therapy bag.
The EMS Unit has gone to great lengths in its efforts to remain " State of the Art " and keep up to date with the most current medical and rescue equipment available. This equipment currently includes pulse oximetry, cellular communications, advanced rescue extrication equipment, protective turn-out gear and semi-automatic defibrillators.
Due to the size of the town, Greenburgh Police Department EMS Units will routinely transport patients to several hospitals located within lower Westchester County. These hospitals regularly include but are not limited t
- Westchester County Medical Center
- White Plains Hospital
- Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry
- Lawrence Hospital
- Saint John’s Riverside Hospital
- Nyack Hospital
- Phelps Memorial Hospital Medical Center
All of the above listed hospitals are within a 10-minute transport distance of Greenburgh.
Greenburgh EMS Units will generally transport patients to the nearest facility or if the situation allows, the facility of their choice.
SPECIALIZED SCHOOLS / OTHER TRAINING
The EMS Unit provides its members with related EMS training programs. By providing these courses our emergency personnel are prepared to deal with the assignments that they receive in a pragmatic and efficient manner. Local hospitals, NY State Fire Academy, Westchester County Fire Training Center and private training firms are some of the resources utilized for these training programs. Some examples of these courses are; Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Burn Life Support.
SERVICES OFFERED / PROVIDED
The Greenburgh Police Department is also an authorized training center for the following EMS related organizations:
- The American Heart Association (CPR) *
- The American Red Cross (CPR, First Aid, Preventing Disease Transmission)
- National Association of EMT’s (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support) *
- NYS Department of Transportation (HAZMAT Awareness)
- Westchester County EMS field rotation training site
- NYS Department of Health [EMT Original/ Refresher programs (in conjunction with WCC)] *
Note: * Periodically provided to the public