emergency responders

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Two storefronts were boarded at Delmar’s Four Corners after a Jeep Cherokee went off of Kenwood Avenue on Nov. 7 and crashed into them. The driver was arrested on Tuesday.

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.

“I’m proud that you guys are representing New York,” says Kevin Wisely, deputy commissioner of New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Thursday evening inside the State Fire’s warehouse at the Northeastern Industrial Park in Guilderland before the group of 35 members, which include New York Task Force 2, an urban search and rescue team, travels to Florida.

The last possible impediment to the placement of a controversial public safety emergency-communications tower in this town’s  rural landscape is now removed.

The intention is to equip responders in the case of an oil-train derailment, but local responders say it will likely prove useful for things like gas leaks or car accidents.

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.

On Friday, Judge Gerald Connolly  in Albany’s State Supreme Court denied a motion by the county and the sheriff to dismiss the Article 78 petition  by Scenic Rensselaerville, the citizens’ group that court papers describe as having 170 members, many of them artists.

A woman, who police say was intoxicated, falls to the bottom of a 60-foot cliff. A man, enjoying an outing with friends, slips off the top of  a dam, down a steep spillway  coated with mud and debris, and lands on rocks below the spillway,  a fall of 35 feet. Both survive. Both are rescued. But their salvation required rescuers trained in the art of “rope rescue.”

ALBANY COUNTY — Twenty-four emergency response organizations in Albany County will receive a new radio as part of a system to improve communications.

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