Trouble on the Tappan Zee? Who you gonna call? Nyack Community Ambulance Corps, which has been answering the call, day and night long before there was a TZB.
The 77 year old 24/7 volunteer-run agency will receive a $140,000 grant to replace its oldest ambulance, courtesy of the New NY Bridge Project Community Benefits Program.
With over 1800 calls answered per year in a service area that includes the Nyacks and part of Grand View, the Palisades Mall, a 6.5-mile stretch of the NY State Thruway, and the busy TZ Bridge, NCAC’s ambulances take a pounding.
Captain Paul Morer is working with constructors PL Custom Ambulances in Manasquan, NJ, and says that the corps is looking forward to December delivery of the new rig, which will feature upgraded lighting on the exterior, specifically designed for responses on the bridge. Morer is thrilled with the grant from this Tappan Zee Bridge program. “This will make our entire fleet nearly identical in terms of design and equipment layout.”
Other upgrades for maximum patient and crew safety include 5 point restraints for all crew members, and secure interior mounts for cardiac monitors and other equipment.
NCAC President McDowell expressed his appreciation to “Tappan Zee Constructors and NY State agencies for recognizing the vital role Nyack EMS provides to the commuters and travelers who use the bridge daily, the workers constructing it, and the commercial and pleasure boaters on our stretch of the Hudson River.”
Nyack Community Ambulance Corps, headquartered at 251 N. Midland Avenue, needs and welcomes volunteers, who receive professional training, at corps expense, as ambulance drivers or NY State Emergency Medical Technicians, in exchange for a monthly commitment of riding hours. High school students can join the NCAC Youth Corps, who train and ride with adult crews. They perform important community service, and can get a head start on a medical career.
Call 845 358 4824 to request an application and interview; or learn more and apply online at the NCAC website.
See also: NCAC: Our Community’s Corps Asset