Schenectady County is served by four ambulance agencies. These are Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps (DVAC), Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services (REMS), Niskayuna Fire District #1 and Mohawk Ambulance Service (MAS).
Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Formed December 1971
Prior to 1971 the Town of Duanesburg had four (4) volunteer fire departments, one located in each of the communities of Delanson, Duanesburg, Quaker Street and Mariaville, however, there was no local ambulance service. The White-Van Buren Funeral Home vehicles were occasionally pressed into service for transporting people for emergency care but medical personnel to provide care during the transport often usually not available. It became apparent that not only was there a need for a bona fide emergency services vehicle, i.e., an ambulance, but a trained staff was also needed to care for emergency medical sicknesses and injuries.
By 1972 the fledgling Duanesburg Ambulance Company had incorporated and was training volunteers for service. Since then, the Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corporation (DVAC) has grown, expanding to two well equipped ambulances and a cadre of well trained, New York State certified volunteers to provide care during every run. DVAC's response to over 400 calls each year is indicative of the continuing growth in demands for assistance and continuing needs for better trained staff and more, new, and better equipment. To accommodate the growth, DVAC recently moved to new, well-furnished and modern quarters on the corner of Route 7 and Cole Road, approximately one mile west of the center of the Village of Duanesburg. This move allows DVAC to have sufficient space and equipment for staff operational and training needs, as well as providing meeting facilities for other community organizations, such as the VFW and Girl Scouts, and individuals desiring a site for private functions.
The Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps (DVAC) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer agency providing medical transportation services in the Town of Duanesburg and the northern part of the Town of Knox in Albany County.
For general information: Garage/Offices (895-2200 or 895-2800).
For more information, visit our website at: http://www.duanesburgambulance.com/ .
Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services (REMS)
Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services is a paid service which formed October 2004 after the merger of Rotterdam Volunteer Emergency Medical Corps and White Eagle Volunteer Ambulance Service. REMS provides a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service to the Town of Rotterdam.
REMS currently operates four ambulances out of two stations. The West Station on Princetown Road has a duty crew in station twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The East Station on Cardiff Road has a duty crew in station between the hours of 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. five days a week, with additional overnight crews on Friday and Saturday nights. REMS handles approximately 2500 calls for emergency medical service each year.
REMS is a not-for-profit organization which receives no monies from the Town of Rotterdam. The major source of funding for the organization is through insurance billing and donations from residents and businesses.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.remsinc.org
Niskayuna Fire District #1
Niskayuna Fire District No. 1 is protected by a combination of dedicated career and volunteer firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The district's 15 career firefighter/paramedics and 30 volunteer firefighters and EMT's provide twenty-four hour, seven day a week advance life support services to the citizens of Niskayuna Fire District No. 1 and to those who work and travel through the community.
In 2007, Niskayuna Fire District No.1 received over 1900 calls for service. Approximately 80% of those calls were for Emergency Medical Services. For more information visit out website at http://www.niskayunafire1.org/index.html
Mohawk Ambulance Service
Mohawk Ambulance Service began operations in 1964 with only two vehicles and a small garage. Today, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. With 29 ambulances and 3 fly cars, Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga.
Mohawk Ambulance service employs more than 200 people trained to meet your emergency medical services and transportation needs with four strategic locations in Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Brunswick.
For more information visit our website at http://www.mohawkambulanceservice.com/