Au Sable Forks Ambulance starts fundraising campaign

— The Au Sable Forks Ambulance Service, which provides coverage to Town of Jay and Black Brook residents, has recently kicked off a major fundraising effort to secure two new 2011 X Series Defibrillators in order to equip both ambulances ($36,000 each).

These two new defibrillators are desperately needed for the ambulance staff of volunteers and paid personnel, in order to have a greater chance of saving lives in a time of need.

“Currently, we are doing a fundraising letter campaign to all the residents in both Towns that we service and the response has been overwhelming,” Bill Minogue, Chief of the Au Sable Forks Volunteer Ambulance said.

The Au Sable Forks Ambulance Corporation was established in 1974. In addition to providing protection for the residents of our Towns, the ambulance service gets involved with many other community events including the annual Iron Man Race, the Au Sable Forks Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission sporting functions, AVCS sporting functions, Parades, Fireworks, Shows, etc.

“We have been able to provide extended coverage hiring full time personnel without drastically increasing our annual budget,” Minogue said. “We also provide a wide variety of services which include the training of CPR/AED for area organizations and the employees of the Town of Jay/Black Brook Summer Playground Program. We are a very community minded organization and our volunteers and paid staff go above and beyond the call of duty.”

They decided to reach out to a wider audience in our fundraising appeal.

“We provide a service that not only protects our residents but our visitors for the numerous special events in the North Country,” said Minogue. “Therefore, we are hoping that through this media message, we may receive some financial support from outside our full time residents.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by sending a check made out to the Au Sable Forks Ambulance Service at P.O. Box 835, Au Sable Forks, N.Y. 12912.

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