Katonah Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Volunteers in Spirit - Professionals in Service

KBHVAC regularly hosts continuing medical education classes for EMS providers.  We offer public First Aid and CPR classes by request, and we are often available to provide stand-by services at community sporting events and gatherings.  Please contact us to learn more 

Open House!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
10a – 4p

Our Open House coincides with the start of National EMS Week, which brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide front line emergency services.

Family fun includes EMS-themed activities, ambulance tours, food and games, traffic safety demonstrations, a bounce house, an extrication drill and blood pressure screenings. At 1pm, our newest ambulance will be introduced and named in honor of a member.   Throughout the day, we will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities.

 

Many local businesses contributed to our Open House and we are deeply grateful for their ongoing support: 

Apogee – Bedford Hills Deli – Bedford Bagel and Bakery – Blue Dolphin – Carvel – Charles Department Store – Decicco’s – Ebba – Fine Lines – Fred’s – Goldberg’s Bagels – Gorgeous Nails – James – Katonah Shipping – Katonah Wine – KR Cafe – Little Joe’s – Marti Martial Arts Academy – Nails (Katonah) – Peppino’s – Pizza Station – Presto Lube – Pro Body – Sammy’s Kosher – Setti e Venti – Shawn Fitness – Sinapi’s Pizza – Sound Concept – Tengda – Westfair Pools

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Save the Date – Spring Open House!

garage bays open closeKBHVAC will host an Open House at our headquarters (160 Bedford Road, Katonah) on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 10a – 4p. The event coincides with the start of National EMS Week, which brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide front line emergency services.

Family fun includes EMS-themed games and activities, ambulance tours, food and more. Our members will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities.

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Saving Lives at 80

John Stanley“When did I join KBHVAC?  Late in life, compared to so many of my colleagues who have served many more years than me.  They started at much younger ages and juggle service with all-consuming day jobs. I retired in 1997 and joined during the summer of the next year.

Coincidentally, the bug bit me after one fall night on the Taconic Parkway in 1997.  I was returning from our daughter’s house in upstate New York when we came upon an accident that had just happened. I stopped to help. It was a pretty bad one by most any standards – a rollover into a steep median that had ejected everyone from the car.  All occupants were scattered and not easily found and the injuries were pretty serious.  Soon others stopped, some of whom were volunteer ambulance members.

No need to go into details other than to say I found that I stayed cool and helped get the injured passengers into the ambulances.  The bug struck and lingered, and I soon applied to join KBHVAC.

How many calls?  I didn’t keep notes, but each time there was a fuss made over the number, I said to myself, ”Why not a bunch of calls; I’m retired and live only a couple of stone throws from the garage.”

Highlights?  By the time I started, we had lived in Katonah almost 30 years.  Joining KBHVAC allowed me to work with so many people yet unknown to me: diverse in background, smart, dedicated, fun and interesting to be with while doing what we do – responding to calls for help.  I quickly figured out that calls varied greatly but that, serious or mundane, all calls for help were real and our help was appreciated, expressed or not. Each one was a highlight for me.

There was one call early on in my service that has stayed with me. A 78 year-old-man (who seemed elderly to me at the time) had gone down while raking leaves.  A highway department crew was working nearby and called 911.  The crew responding from KBH consisted of: Dr. Marcus (then head of ER at NWH; this was the the only time I knew him to go on a call), Kristen Lawton (then Kristen Hickey, EMT), Bernie Robert’s daughter, Rebecca (EMT), Cat (whose last name I don’t recall, also an EMT), and me.

John Stanley with birthday cake The man was unresponsive when we got there, but that team saved him and he lived on for quite a few years.  Who wouldn’t want such a team to be there on that kind of day?  “Save calls” are a highlight, for sure. 

The “non-business” occasions – chicken dinners, holiday parties, picnics, cleanup the ambulances, etc – have all been good fun and opportunities to enjoy time with good friends.

The whole experience taught me a lot – about the body, care of injured, emergency driving and so much more.  All of it has been worth knowing, and I’m sure to learn more yet as I carry on doing what we do.” 

John Stanley celebrated his 80th birthday in March 2015 and remains an integral part of our ambulance corps.  We are grateful to have him as part of the KBHVAC family. Happy Birthday John – and thank you for all you do!  

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Help us save lives

KBHVAC relies heavily on contributions from the public to fulfill our mission.  This year your gifts have enabled us to modernize our ambulance equipment; all three of our ambulances now have self-lifting and loading stretchers.  These stretchers lessen injuries to our members and are safer for our patients.

This has also been an exceptional year for saving lives.  The members directly involved have been recognized by the Westchester Department of Emergency Services for their heroic efforts.

KBHVAC is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization not supported by tax dollars beyond a small grant from the Town of Bedford to partially defray costs.  While we do receive insurance and/or Medicare reimbursements when possible, we are not affiliated with our local fire departments nor are we a tax district.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible.  We are greatly appreciative of your contribution and your continued support. Sincerely, Nancy Speidell, President

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Welcoming Autumn

KBHVAC at Bedford Parade 2014As we greet a new season, we reflect on the summer gone by. We’re happy to welcome several new members, bringing our Corps total to 112. We’re grateful for these new volunteers and friends.

We were proud to win Best Ambulance Corps at Bedford Fire Department’s annual parade. Over 25 members represented KBHVAC as we marched through Bedford Village. 65-B3 glistened through inspection and our first-ever trophy is on display at our headquarters.

Our July blood drive collected a record number of pints for the Red Cross; we thank our neighbors and friends for their support of this important initiative.

Throughout the fall, we’ll host Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for medical practitioners and CPR / First Aid classes for anyone interested.  Contact us for a schedule of upcoming classes.

Most importantly, we continue to serve our community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We’re here when you need us – and we’re thankful for your ongoing support.

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Mailing address:
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Katonah, NY 10536

Physical location:
160 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY 10536