Members of North Warren Emergency squad assist the 'victim' of a mock car crash staged last year at North Warren Central School. The agency is hosting an open house Saturday, Jan. 14 to both boost awareness of its capabilities as well as to increase its membership.
Chestertown The local ambulance squad is holding a public reception next week to familiarize local citizens with its equipment and services — and all are invited to attend.
The North Warren Emergency Squad, which responds to about 800 calls per year, is holding an open house at 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the squad building on Rte. 8 in the town of Chester.
Attendees will be given tours, with squad officials exhibiting and demonstrating the high-technology equipment the squad members use, particularly for their Advanced Life Support services.
On hand will be a Life-Net helicopter that is equipped to handle critical incidences and transport trauma victims to Albany Medical Center.
Demonstrations of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques and oxygen therapy equipment will be offered, squad president Kevin White said.
“Saving lives is a serious business and our EMS staff and volunteers never forget this,” he said.
White said the squad has more than 50 members.
Soon, the squad will have a total of three modern ambulances, so appropriate backup is available during periods of high calls or multiple-victim incidences.
Each vehicle is to be complete with EKG cardiac monitoring and cardiac resuscitation equipment as well as lifesaving drugs.
The squad covers emergencies in the towns of Chester and Horicon plus it responds to mutual aid calls in Warren and Essex counties.
The squad is now seeking more volunteers as drivers, EMTs and helpers. Volunteers’ time is scheduled in six-hour shifts on a 24-hour basis, although more flexible hours are available. Many members respond from home, distance permitting.
Training is provided, Squad Captain Bill LaPierre said, noting that the squad headquarters is fully equipped to make duty hours pleasant. Those interested in volunteering can call White or LaPierre at 494-4317.
He added that the agency’s staff and volunteers are fully committed to the communities they serve.
“There is just nothing more important and personally rewarding as helping others,” he said.