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Lake George EMS: Ready to respond

Several members of the Lake George Emergency Medical Services pose for a photograph before a recent squad meeting.

Several members of the Lake George Emergency Medical Services pose for a photograph before a recent squad meeting. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With the local population swelling to as many as 50,000 people in the summertime for various activities on water and land, the Lake George Emergency Squad must be ready to respond to virtually any kind of incident.

In addition, the squad’s responsibilities include fulfilling the needs of people attending the massive events held during summer in Lake George.

The squad responds to 700 to 900 calls annually, including water-related incidents, crashes on I-87 Northway, and ice rescues, as well as the routine medical emergencies.

The dedicated members of the agency, primarily volunteers, are always up to the challenge, Lake George EMS President Bruce Kilburn said.

Although it’s more and more difficult to maintain a deep roster of volunteers due to demand on people’s time nowadays, Kilburn said, the Lake George EMS members have outstanding commitment to the community and dedication to acquiring all the latest skills.

“Our core members may be getting older, but they have outstanding commitment to the squad and community,” Kilburn said. “They have this drive to respond and help others — they’re workhorses. They keep on giving and giving.”

Kilburn added that new members have recently joined, and are now undergoing training to augment the talented volunteer and professional staff now onboard.

The agency is well-equipped and is generously funded by the town of Lake George. The agency is looking toward replacing one of its three ambulances, and has a grant pending for new, advanced pediatric equipment. The town has also been exploring options for a new squad headquarters.

Lake George EMS squad roster

Joyce Azukas, Jason Berry, Mike Berry, Peter Berry, Melody Myers Hank Chrzanowski, Kristina Dreps, George Dunklee, Rosemarie Earl, Tony Fidd, Carolanne Fitzgerald, Lauren Fitzgerald, Grant Gentner, Micki Guy, Chris Hawley, Bruce Kilburn, Howard MacDonald, Pat Mellon, Chris Ost, Tammy Ost, Matt Oswald, Ryan Romano and Vickie Waters.

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