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Volunteer ambulance service praised for efforts

Local rescue squad earns top honors at both regional and state levels

Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service members stand with a plaque they received in recognition of being named recipients of the 2010 New York State EMS Association EMS Agency of the Year Award last weekend in Syracuse. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Matteau, Kris Eney, Sarah Hyland, Walter Bordeau, Kent Faus, Gene Carroll, Kim Bracey, Bill Sapel and Terry Pelkey.

Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service members stand with a plaque they received in recognition of being named recipients of the 2010 New York State EMS Association EMS Agency of the Year Award last weekend in Syracuse. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Matteau, Kris Eney, Sarah Hyland, Walter Bordeau, Kent Faus, Gene Carroll, Kim Bracey, Bill Sapel and Terry Pelkey. Photo provided

— The dedication and committment of members of the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service has received recognition not only the regional level, but has garnered attention at the state level as well.

The local ambulance service was presented the 2010 New York State EMS Association EMS Agency of the Year Award last weekend during the 2011 Vital Signs Conference, an emergency medical services conference hosted in Syracuse by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

EMS Captain Kent A. Faus said the award is given annually to agencies which provide the highest level of service in their field and this year’s presentation to the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service was the first time the local agency received the award in its nearly 30-year history.

“It was a pretty proud moment,” said Faus. “It validated the hard work everybody does and the relationship we have with staff and volunteers. We obviously have moved in the right direction.”

The recognition comes on the heels of the ambulance service being named the Mountain Lakes Regional EMS Council’s EMS Agency of the Year in July, which Faus said involved submitting a self-nomination package to the regional council with the number of calls responded to over the past year and any additional information which demonstrated the high level of service provided by the squad’s members.

“We submitted a package at the regional level, not expecting anything because of the competition we have within the council,” said Faus, explaining the regional council consists of EMS providers in the Glens Falls area north to Clinton County. “And, lo and behold, our little spot in the North Country was selected.”

The information submitted for consideration at the regional level, said Faus, included how the service responded to more than 1,000 calls last year, with a 99.6 percent response rate.

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