HOW WE STARTED
We started with you.
In 1962, when Dobbs Ferry Community Hospital could no longer provide ambulance service to the surrounding communities, dedicated members of the community including Gene Downey, Larry Cabot and Vic Grutzner took action and formed the Ardsley-Secor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
ASVAC is a non-profit organization which does not receive any money from Village taxes, nor do we receive any assistance from the Village of Ardsley. The majority of our budget is supported by donations from the community and by our third-party billing system for ambulance transports. We're also profoundly lucky to receive grants and donations from larger institutions, like the Thomas & Agnes Carvel Estate, which donated funds for the purchase of one of our ambulances.
WHAT WE DO
We take being a good neighbor to heart.
ASVAC responds to calls 24/7 - we're here for you. Each member receives CPR training before they are permitted to ride any call, and adult members receive driver's training additionally. Each member is re-certified in CPR annually. We are chartered under the New York State Department of Health and follow their guidelines and protocols, and our EMTs are certified by them. The entire corps is trained monthly in subjects related to calls we may encounter.
How do you respond to emergencies during the day?
Our personnel are dispatched by Ardsley Police via pagers, computer-aided dispatch (CAD), text messages, and the fire horn that you might hear in town! Upon receipt of a 9-1-1 call, APD dispatches a patrol vehicle and radios ASVAC for a response.
All available members then respond to the station to ensure that we have a sufficient crew for the call. Any and all times that the ambulance responds, it carries a department-certified ambulance driver and at least one New York State-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
But what about at night? Isn't everyone asleep?
During the nights, it's a bit different - we respond with a set crew of four, assigned to duties from 12:00 - 6:00 AM. The assigned crew is on call for three consecutive nights every 18 days. When we are called to respond during those hours, only the assigned four volunteers respond.
Did you know...
We don't just respond to emergency calls from Ardsley!
The Westchester County Department of Emergency Services' Emergency Communications Center (known as 60-Control because of its radio callsign) can also dispatch us for mutual aid. Mutual aid refers to the ability for agencies in surrounding communities to request aid, and for them to provide aid to us should we require it.
In the event that any surrounding community (e.g. Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, White Plains) needs additional resources or cannot respond, 60-Control will dispatch ASVAC for mutual aid.
So it's just ASVAC and Ardsley Police on the calls you respond to?
ASVAC only operates Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances. This means that certain emergency medical procedures require additional resources. Advanced Life Support (ALS) is the responsibility of the Greenburgh Police Department, whose paramedics operate "fly-cars", or SUVs with medical equipment. They meet us on scene, and if necessary, accompany patients to the hospital onboard the ASVAC ambulance to provide advanced-level care.
What happens when you leave the scene?
We transport patients to the nearest appropriate hospital, which may include St. John's Riverside Hospital, Dobbs Ferry Pavilion Hospital, White Plains Hospital, Phelps Hospital, and Westchester Medical Center.