CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad is back responding to 911 calls. From January to the beginning of March the squad was unable to go to calls due to a lack of volunteers, but the group restructured.
“For the most part it’s paid EMTs. There is an EMT here 24/7/365,” said Tim White, Cape Vincent Ambulance board member.
To keep things running smoothly, the squad wants a new ambulance. The only one they have is more than 10 years old.
“I guess the worst thing is you become aware of the fact that these things can have a breakdown that can cause you to lose service. We are trying to maintain full reliability to serve the people when we get a 911 call,” said White.
White says a new ambulance will have updated technology and a lift assist to help EMTs load a gurney. But to get that ambulance, the squad has to raise about $200,000.
To help out, the Cape Vincent Lions Club decided to head up a fundraiser.
“It’s a very important need here because all the other ambulance corps are so far away. We needed to have one here and now that we have a functioning squad, it would be terrible if our ambulance is under par,” said Chuck Vogt, secretary, Cape Vincent Lions Club.
“That really kind of raised our credibility and visibility of this program to have a group like that behind us so we are tickled,” said White.
The Lions have already raised $2,000, but on Friday the Sons of the American Legion donated $5,000 to the cause.
The Lions Club plans to send out letters to Cape Vincent residents to help with their fundrasing efforts.