NEWCOMB - By the end of the month, The town of Newcomb Rescue Squad will celebrate the long-awaited arrival of their new ambulance.
"We are all really excited about this," said captain Holly Bradway. "We want to be able to better serve the town of Newcomb and surrounding communities and this is a way we can accomplish that."
Last year, the squad received 87 calls and serves as the only form of emergency medical attention in the town of Newcomb. They also provide mutual aid for several surrounding towns including Minerva and Long Lake.
Newcomb does receive 24-7 paid EMT coverage, but all its drivers and other personnel are volunteers.
"We have a core group of really dedicated drivers," said Bradway. "Without them, we wouldn't have a squad.
This spirit of dedication crosses over from the rescue squad into the fire department in Newcomb as well. The 40 active members on the fire department do what they can to both fight fires and be positive additions to the community.
"We join with other local volunteer groups to meet the needs of this community," said Chief Mark Yandon.
The department participates in Newcomb's adopt-a-highway program and sponsors Newcomb Central School students through various scholarships.
They also work to raise their own funds for equipment updates. Their annual steak roast, held the last weekend in July, raised around $7,000 last year. Coupled with other grant monies, those funds will soon be used to update some existing equipment at the firehouse.
Despite its small size and limited call volume, Yandon stressed the importance of a department in the town of Newcomb.
"We are so isolated that it would be impossible to rely on other departments," he said.
Response times from neighboring communities can exceed 40 minutes.
"We have our response time down to about 5-10 minutes," he said.
If interested in joining either Newcomb squad, contact the chief or captain directly.