The Tri-Community Ambulance Service is opening its doors to area residents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer in their community, as part of a statewide program called Recruit NY.
Throughout the day, Tri-Community Ambulance will conduct tours of the station, emergency equipment demonstrations, allow visitors to perform CPR, provide information on the Junior Explorer Program, hold a kids coloring contest, and provide activities throughout the station for visitors to participate in.
Members will be on hand to discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, visitors can win door prizes, and hot dogs and other refreshments will be provided. Plus, the junior members will hold a car wash.
Tri-Community Ambulance Service, located at 6276 Ward Road, Sanborn, has been serving the communities of Wheatfield, Lewiston and Cambria since 1956. Tri-Community Ambulance provides ambulance service for the Bergholz, St. Johnsburg, Sanborn and Pekin fire companies. Tri-Community handles more than 1,200 calls per year.
Over the past several years, it has been very tough for many departments throughout the state to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most volunteer departments, Tri-Community Ambulance needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.
Volunteer EMS personnel do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others. They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve, which enhances response times, and they save taxpayers millions of dollars every year.