Future of East Rochester Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Doubt
The village of East Rochester may be dissolving its volunteer ambulance corps that's been serving area residents since 1948.
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As a result of a state audit, Terry Flanigan, a board member with the East Rochester Ambulance Corp. says the the Village Board has decided to stop funding the volunteer service. Flanigan says they are working with the board to make sure staffing stays intact and response time isn't affected.
Due to low call volume, the East Rochester Volunteer Ambulance Service will have to operate under another agency's management, or it will be dissolved.
Both Rural Metro and Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance have had discussions with East Rochester Ambulance and the board about providing operational support.
"This maintains community based ambulance services as well as provides us with another ambulance that's under our control to better serve the residents of East Rochester and Pittsford. It's a win-win for both communities," said Christopher Forsyth, Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance.
According to Forsyth, if East Rochester ambulance is dissolved, it could take them up to four minutes longer to respond.
"If you're not breathing four extra minutes is a long period of time. In the event that you nearly cut your leg, that's really not an unreasonable length of time," Forsyth said.
The village's mayor was unavailable to comment on the possible dissolution. The village board and the East Rochester ambulance will make a decision during the March 18 board meeting.