Ambulance

Following the closure of Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office has had to offer an ambulance with an emergency medical provider as well as a paramedic in a fly car. This has led to an increase in the costs for the three Hilltowns served: Berne, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville.

A special Rensselaerville Town Board meeting to discuss the closure of the town’s volunteer ambulance was met with a solemn acknowledgement of the end of the 45-year-old organization.

With 10 to 12 members, many retired and in their 60s, Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance announced that it would be closing, with the Albany County Sheriff’s Emergency Medical Services unit taking over calls in town.

With Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service seeking to merge with Delmar-Bethlehem EMS or face dissolution, a question still remains on what will happen to its former headquarters.

A lack of volunteers had led Voorheesville's ambulance to announce its closure, but members continue to respond as a secondary service, and the organization is seeking a way to keep running.

As Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service looks to close its doors on Oct. 15, the town is requesting that Albany County Sheriff’s EMS division expand its services to a 24/7 operation to cover VAAS’s former district.

The EMS squad had made the decision because the squad lacked the volunteers it needs to service the community.

On June 4, the Rennselaerville Historic District Association held its Founders Day to give out awards to deserving people in the village.

The paid staff of E5 will supplement ambulance volunteers in Voorheesville as needed, particularly during daytime hours, when fewer volunteers are available.

The Town of Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance Squad donated $42,000 to the town, saying it can do without the money in order to relieve taxpayers.

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