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.
Albany County's emergency medical services coordinator, Brian Wood, said the third town that needed to bear the cost, Westerlo, of the program didn't agree to spend the money.
The concerns of long-time ambulance-squad volunteers must be heeded as the county seeks to fill the gaps — with a paid EMT — left by decreasing numbers of volunteers.
After months of increasingly bitter disputes, the village and Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service, on the cusp of a new contract, are working together to resolve differences.
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