Helderberg Ambulance answers many calls, seeks volunteers, holds open house on May 18

To the Editor:
The Helderberg Ambulance Squad Inc. was formed in 1990 as an all-volunteer squad; we’ve tended to emergency medical needs in the town of Berne and part of the town of Knox for the past 34 years. 

Besides answering medical calls, Helderberg provides coverage to town events in the town parks, home football games, Kenneth Army rides, the Sap Run, blood drives in January, and other events that may arise at any given time.

We also give a scholarship each year to a Berne-Knox-Westerlo student intending to work in the medical field.

We started this year with two open houses at our Helderberg station. Our next open house is Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. All community members are invited to visit us, tour the facility, and see what we are all about. Members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

As of this writing, the Helderberg Ambulance is the only all-volunteer ambulance squad in Albany County and we need your help to build our volunteer membership so that we may continue our dedicated mission of providing emergency medical services to our community.

Our biggest need includes emergency medical technicians and transport drivers but volunteers in any capacity are appreciated.

So far this year: In January, we answered 42 calls and made 14 transports. In February, we answered 36 calls and made 11 transports. And in March, we answered 43 calls and made 20 transports.

Reasons for non-transports could be that we did not have a crew, they were stand-bys, the person making the call refused medical assistance, or the call was turned over to Guilderland Emergency Medical Service for Advanced Life Support transport.

We look forward to meeting you at our next open house on May 18 at our station at 978 Cole Hill Rd. in East Berne.

Rosemary Gebe



Ambulance Squad

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