South Salem resident Allie Bickler
has her blood pressure taken by LVAC EMT Mark Sheeran at South
Salem Fire Department's Annual Open House on October 13, 2018.
When you call 911 for emergency
medical help, this is the team of dedicated volunteers who will
show up at your door to help you in your time of need - 24/7/365.
Joint Drill with Golden's Bridge Fire Department
On May 8, LVAC
performed a joint drill on automobile extrication with the Golden's
Bridge Fire Department. LVAC members participate in two
drills every month on various topics.
Front, L to R:
Assistant Captain Judy Saslow, Secretary John McKeon, and President
Rear, L to R: Treasurer
Mike Keech, Director Mike Kis, Vice President Hamlet Cuello,
and Captain Dan Murtha
the 2017 Leatherman's Loop
Photo by Jim Reilly
On Sunday, April 23, LVAC
supported the annual Leatherman's Loop 10K Trail Run in Ward Pound
Ridge Reservation. Here, LVAC volunteers treat an injured runner.
2017 LVAC Board
The 2017 LVAC Board
in front of 6704, the new AP Farm fly car (l to r):
Hamlet Cuello, Director Mike Kis, Secretary John McKeon, Assistant
Captain Dan Murtha, President Ann Hirsch, Captain Lucian Lipinsky,
and Treasurer Mike Keech
2017 Lewisboro Library
LVAC volunteers Melanie Merciante,
Molly Thomann, and Adam Hirsch at the Fair
Video of the
Arrival of the AP Farm Fly Car,
by Adam Rose and Peter McQuillan of AP Farm in Cross River
Voice Interviews LVAC Volunteers
LVAC Adds EKGs
the Lewisboro Daily Voice, written by Donna Christopher)
The Lewisboro Volunteer
Ambulance Corps was just approved to administer EKGs, acquire
the reading, and transmit it to the hospital from the patients
"We are the first
Basic Life Support volunteer ambulance corps in New York State
to be permitted to do so. That makes LVAC the most advanced BLS
corps in the state, said Chief Lucian Lipinsky.
When a patient has a suspected
heart attack (EMTs are not permitted to diagnose, only treat
symptoms) fast appropriate treatment is essential to minimizing
long-term damage to the heart muscle, he explained.
"This is why any suspected
heart attack victim must call 911 quickly."
Seconds literally can count,
One of the types of heart
attack (or myocardial infarction, called "MI") shows
up as a special EKG wave called an ST Elevated MI, or STEMI.
This is a type of heart attack where one of the heart's arteries
is significantly or completely closed. Someone with a STEMI needs
to quickly get to a hospital with cardiac cauterization capabilities
"The closest one is
Westchester County Medical Center. Yet, if the MI is NOT a STEMI
then the patient should get to the closest hospital ASAP. For
LVAC, thats typically Northern Westchester Hospital,"
The only way to differentiate
between the two types of heart attacks is by administering an
EKG. Up to now, this has only been a level of care performed
by a paramedic (medic).
As the volume of 911 calls
climb, year after year, the times when one of the four medics
is not available due to being on another emergency also increases.
The result? No EKG and
the risk of delaying appropriate cardiac care, Lipinsky noted.
LVAC is addressing that
by adding the ability to collect EKG data and sending it to its
"medical control" at Northern Wetchester Hospital.
The EMTs have received
additional training for the lifesaving skills, said Lipinsky.
Corps members also, for
its history, receive two mandatory training sessions per month.
The new capabilities follows
the recent fly-car added to Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps'
fleet, improving its capabilities and response time in emergencies,
according to Lipinsky.
It was donated by Adam
R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan, longtime Lewisboro residents,
philanthropists, and owners of AP Farm in Cross River.
"In a town like Lewisboro
with an area of 29 square miles, having multiple vehicles available
throughout town reduces response time," LVAC Captain Lucian
The ambulance corps has
three locations with official corps vehicles. From those locations
no address is more than about four-and-a-half minutes away, he
In addition, crew chiefs
and emergency medical technicians often respond directly to the
scene to further improve the speed by which patient care is delivered.
"With the red lights
and sirens on these vehicles we are able to better and more safely
travel to the call site. While all our members utilize green
courtesy lights when responding to emergencies, many drivers
dont understand the meaning of the green lights and dont
move over to let them pass. With red lights and sirens drivers
are required to yield and lifesaving minutes can often be saved
getting to the sick and injured."
In the most recent month
for which the corps has statistics, August 2016, it handled 55
emergency calls, according to Lipinksy.
While many agencies use
"captain's cars," LVAC uses them as crew response vehicles.
The on-duty crew chief has the option to sign-out the vehicle
for use during his/her shift.
The practice helps to reduce
response time while bringing medical equipment more quickly to
the patient, Lipinsky said.
The ambulance corps needs
new members, Lipinsky noted.
"We need riding member
who respond to those in need and non-riding members who see to
the needs of the business of LVAC. We provide all the medical
training and equipment."
A "riding member,"
he explained, helps to maintain the facilities and the vehicles,
stock inventory, train people, correspond with donors, and interact
LVAC fits into every lifestyle, career, and family as
a matter of fact, we have many members from the same family,"
to complete an application to ride with LVAC!
Vehicle Donation From AP Farm
LVAC Fly Car Donors Adam R. Rose
and Peter R. McQuillan
The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance
Corps (LVAC), the Town of Lewisboro's all-volunteer and community
supported emergency medical service provider, received a new
and fully equipped sport utility vehicle to serve as a "fly
car" for rapid response to emergencies. A fly car allows
EMTs to respond swiftly and to triage patients prior to the ambulance,
which would then transport patients if necessary.
The fly car was donated by
Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan, longtime Lewisboro residents,
prominent philanthropists, and owners of AP Farm in Cross River.
Known in the community for their donation of the AP Farm Athletic
Fields to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, the married
couple has supported local, regional, and national causes for
over two decades. The Lewisboro Library, the Jacob Burns Film
Center, and the Westchester Land Trust are just a few organizations
that have benefited from their generosity. "We can think
of no local organization that expresses the selflessness and
caring for our community more than LVAC. Peter and I are extremely
proud to be able to present LVAC with this handsome and greatly
needed vehicle," said Rose at the LVAC Gifting Ceremony
held on September 6th.
The fly car is a custom built
white 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. It is fully equipped with the standard
basic life support (BLS) medical equipment carried by an ambulance
along with advanced tools including syringe epinephrine (a significant
cost reduction from EpiPens), Narcan for drug overdoses, Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks, an automated defibrillator,
a Lucas Device for automated chest compressions, and communications
"Adam and Peter have
made an incredibly generous gift that will enable LVAC to reduce
care response time and to maintain our status as one of the most
highly trained and skilled all-volunteer ambulance services in
the region," said Lucian Lipinsky, Captain of LVAC. "We
are humbled by their commitment to the health and safety of their
Mr. Rose and Mr. McQuillan presented the gift at the LVAC meeting
of the organization on Tuesday night September 6. Members of
the Lewisboro Town Board and representatives from some of the
volunteer fire companies in town attended the presentation. Ann
Hirsch, President of LVAC, commented that "With an increase
in monthly calls (last month was a record high of 52) it is critical
that our fleet of vehicles be ready for action. This new fly
car will greatly support our work. We encourage others to follow
Adam and Peter's example. They have previously made a substantial
donation to the purchase of our ambulance, but this is only the
second time in our 30 year history that someone has donated an
emergency vehicle outright. Look for the AP Farm Fly Car at community
LVAC EMT Riley
DeJong receives the EMS Provider of the Year Award from the Firemen's
Association of the State of New York - Congratulations, Riley!
On Saturday, August 13,
LVAC EMT Riley DeJong received the prestigious honor of EMS Provider
of the Year from the Firemen's Association of the State of New
York for her courageous action on behalf of passengers in the
front car of the 5:44pm Metro North train from Grand Central
Terminal, on February 3, 2015.
DeJong's emergency medical
technician skills served her well when the train struck an SUV
on the tracks in Valhalla and burst into flames. Luckily uninjured,
DeJong was able to provide medical care and direct others in
the immediate care of fellow passengers.
When thrust into
tragic and unimaginable circumstances without warning, she thought
only of how she could help others, FASNY President Robert
McConville said in a release. Her quick action and exceptional
skill undoubtedly helped save the lives of many of her fellow
passengers, and helped prevent a terrible tragedy from becoming
Riley DeJong exemplifies
the best of what it means to be a volunteer, State Assemblyman
David Buchwald said in a release.
Click here for a video from WABC-TV regarding
Adam Rose and
Peter McQuillan Set The Bar For Supporting LVAC's New Ambulance
LVAC rig 67B2 was
partially funded by a gift from AP Farm in Cross River.
(L to R, LVAC President
Ann Hirsch, Adam Rose, Peter McQuillan, LVAC Vice President Nancy
As the Lewisboro Volunteer
Ambulance Corps were marching during a recent Memorial Day Parade,
a woman was heard commenting to her companion, "This is
an important group. If you get sick or hurt, they come for you."
Well she's right; we do "come for you," as we've done
for almost 40 years, every hour and day of the year.
But coming to you means
not only with skilled EMT's but also with modern ambulances completely
equipped with the highest quality pre-hospital emergency medical
systems and equipment. This combination of medical expertise
and fast transport can be the difference in life or death.
Clearly, a new ambulance
is a very expensive project. A fully equipped Rig costs upward
of $180,000, which is why we extended the life of one of our
ambulances an extra two years. Since this is an especially significant
acquisition we asked our friends, neighbors, and occasional patients,
to respond and help us meet our goal.
No strangers to helping
their community in significant ways, AP Farm's Adam Rose and
Peter McQuillan provided a major boost to LVAC's appeal with
a particularly significant leadership donation of $50,000, helping
to guarantee LVAC's continued uninterrupted emergency medical
service to the community.
LVAC Captain Lucian Lipinsky
commented on the gift, "LVAC is truly the community's "last
free ride" as we receive no funding from any Federal, State
or Local sources so this extraordinary endorsement of LVAC's
mission by Adam Rose and Peter McQuillan, representing AP Farm,
has clearly energized our community appeal."
LVAC normally purchases
a new ambulance every five years on a rotation basis, meaning
we will always have both a newer and older model in service.
In order to extend the life of our two-ambulance "fleet"
we held off on getting a new "Rig" for several years
in order to save some money for other pressing projects such
as an expansion of our headquarters on Route 35, and the acquisition
of medical systems and supplies for the Corps.
LVAC Covers 2016
Leatherman's Loop Race
Photo by Carol
From LVAC Captain
I would like to give a huge
THANK YOU to the standby team who helped cover Sundays
Leathermans race. With so many hands we were able to set-up
and take-down operations in record time.
We treated about thirty
patients actually the Junior Corps treated 30 patients
and did a great job. We treated cuts and scrapes, twisted and
swollen ankles and knees, and pulled a couple of runners out
of the woods. From the woods came out a potential broken ankle
and a potentially serious knee injury who was transported to
the hospital. Along with the standby, we were paged to a MVA
(that we covered of course) that turned out to be an RMA (even
though the telephone pole didnt fare so well). Not only
did we care for injured runners, but I think it was a great learning
experience for the entire team.
Thanks again for being the
best all-volunteer ambulance corps in Westchester and for proving
it every day!
Riley Dejong As WREMSCO EMT Of
And also salutes LVAC
Dan Murtha, Steve
and Jim Reilly
for their Lifesaving
DeJong Receives Westchester EMT Of The Year Recognition
LVAC EMT Riley
Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance
Corps (LVAC) member Riley DeJong has been named the 2015 Emergency
Medical Technician Provider Of The Year by WREMSCO, the Westchester
Regional Emergency Medical Services Council, its highest award.
On the evening of February
3, 2015, a commuter train on Metro-North's Harlem Line out of
Grand Central Station struck a passenger SUV at a grade crossing
near Valhalla killing six people and injuring fifteen others,
including seven in very serious condition. The crash was the
deadliest in Metro-North's history, as well as the deadliest
such crash in the United States since the June, 2009 Washington
Metro train collision had killed eight passengers and injured
The driver of the SUV was
caught inside the crossing gate when it descended, wedging itself
onto the rear of her vehicle when she apparently attempted to
rectify the situation by crossing the tracks instead of backing
up. The driver, along with five passengers on the train died
when her vehicle was struck. The impact tore loose more than
450 feet of third rail and, after piercing the SUV, went through
the front of the train, breaking into sections.
LVAC EMT Riley Dejong, a
Waccabuc resident and student at The Swedish Insttute Of Health
Sciences is also employed as an EMT by Westchester EMS (WEMS)
in Mt. Kisco. She was seated in the front car returning from
classes in Manhattan. She was nineteen years old at the time
and had just received her NYS EMT Certification as a member of
LVAC. The front car was filled with smoke, flames and fuel fumes
from the burning SUV along with dead and dying passengers. Miraculously
she was unhurt and immediately started triage and provided life-saving
aid to the wounded prior to the arrival of other EMS first responders.
Passengers from the after cars could not reach the front car
as the doors were jammed and the smoke held them back.
She removed belts from fellow
wounded passengers and instructed an uninjured woman passenger
to make a tourniquet out of one belt while Riley made one from
another; together they provided hemorrhage control and treated
a man with a double partial leg amputation. She then provided
first aid to the wounded, continued triage and instructed others
on caring for the wounded. She maintained patient contact and
cared for the double amputee victim until additional EMS arrived
at which point she helped package him and transfer to the ambulance.
After that patient left, she rode a Valhalla ambulance to the
Westchester Medical Center, treating two patients en route. Nine
patients were taken to the Medical Center.
Commenting on the Award,
LVAC Captain Lucian Lipinsky said," For a newly certified
EMT, Riley's cool and professional response during an extremely
hazardous situation is even more extraordinary. We are proud
to have her on LVAC's team."
A Certificate of Recognition,
awarded by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, stated:
great calm and courage, you helped to extinguish the fire and
remove several victims to safety, providing care in the ambulance
to Westchester Medical Center, as well. You have earned the appreciation
of a grateful community and the respect and admiration of all
New Yorkers. I commend your bravery, resourcefulness, and quick
TATOR'S GARAGE AND LEWISBORO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FUND LVAC'S
TACTICAL EMERGENCY CASUALTY CARE KIT
Looking over the
extensive variety of medical equipment that makes up LVAC's Multiple
Casualty Trauma Kits are, from Left, Ann Hirsch, LVAC President,
Mike Keech, Lions Club, Rich Giaccio, Vice President, Lewisboro
Chamber Of Commerce, Chuck Tator, President, Lewisboro Chamber
Of Commerce and also representing Tator's Garage, Lewisboro Police
Chief Frank Secret, New York State Police Trooper Matt Yorke,
and LVAC Captain Lucian Lipinsky.
The Lewisboro Volunteer
Ambulance Corps (LVAC) is expanding its training and readiness
programs to focus on high-threat, high-fatality events with the
goal of rapidly treating victims and first responders as close
to the point of injury as possible. With the frequency of events
increasing nationally, new techniques aimed at threat suppression
and victim survival are now being introduced throughout the First
Responder community through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
Agency) and Homeland Security. LVAC has joined with Westchester
area police and fire departments and other EMS agencies to review
and incorporate the new approaches and procedures.
LVAC is an agency within
the Westchester Department of Emergency Services and as such
is frequently dispatched to support surrounding agencies as part
of the County mutual aid plan. In extreme cases, as was the case
with the attack on September 11, 2001, LVAC can also be dispatched
to New York City. On September 12, 2001 LVAC was the lead ambulance
stationed at West and Vesey streets in lower Manhattan. With
this in mind, LVAC is expanding its capabilities in the event
that a multiple assault victim event occurs in its operating
The key concepts in these
types of events, according to LVAC Captain Lucian Lipinsky, are
"Threat Suppression, Hemorrhage Control, Maintain Breathing,
Rapid Extrication, Assessment by medical personnel and Transport
to definitive care. We want to treat and transport as many patients
with the greatest speed possible." Assuming the potential
for multiple victims, LVAC has prepared a Multiple Casualty Trauma
Kit containing a variety of necessary medical supplies needed
to immediately treat life threatening penetrating injuries and
serious bleeding for multiple patients. The Kit is an outgrowth
of Tactical Casualty Care protocols developed by the military
for multiple combat casualties. The primary focus, according
to Lipinsky, is "controlling major hemorrhaging, assuring
circulation, maintaining an airway and treating chest wounds."
Preparing a kit is expensive, said Lipinsky, requiring multiple
combat tourniquets, chest seals, specialized bandages, artificial
airways and hemostatic (blood clotting) agents. Fortunately,
several Lewisboro organizations, The Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce
and Tator's Garage in South Salem provided LVAC with a combined
donation of $1,200 enabling them to acquire the materials and
assemble the Kit.
From left, LVAC
President Ann Hirsch receives a check from Lewisboro Chamber
of Commerce Vice President Rich Giaccio, and Chuck Tator of Tator's
Garage presents a check to LVAC Captain Lucian Lipinsky.
The funds also allowed LVAC
to provide smaller, Individual Trauma Kits, also called "Officer
Down" Kits, that have been presented to Lewisboro Town Police
Chief Frank Secret, who said the Kits will be placed in each
of the department's five patrol vehicles affording duty officers
with potentially on scene life-saving support. Several kits are
being donated to New York State Police patrol units that cover
the Town Of Lewisboro. This is just one more example of LVAC's
close working relationship with local and area law enforcement
Commenting on the donation,
LVAC's Lipinsky said, "These funds will allow LVAC to enhance
its training and preparedness for events that could impact our
community. We are deeply grateful to The Lions Club, The Chamber
Of Commerce, Tator's and several individual donors for enabling
us to sustain our reputation for leadership within the County's
EMS first responder community."
South Salem Fire Department Demonstrates Rapid Gear Removal for
Firefighter CPR in Joint Drill With LVAC
Members of the South Salem
Fire Department, led by Fireman / EMT Steve Creedon demonstrated
a new life saving technique for firemen who may suffer a cardiac
arrest while at the scene of an emergency. In a display of practical
choreography, CPR compressions are immediately started while
other first responders coordinate the removal of heavy turn out
coats, gear, helmets, boots, O2 masks and self contained breathing
apparatus (SCBA), all in one swift, efficient movement that does
not interfere with the application of CPR compressions given
by one of the rescuers. Above, at LVAC's Headquarters on Route
35, Fire Fighters Scott Schoenberg simulates providing continuous
CPR compressions with Donald Wicks as victim while Cody Harris
takes up position to set up the rapid removal of gear and tank
by other rescuers. After the demonstration, LVAC members took
turns learning the new technique.
LVAC Among First
EMS Ambulance Corps to UseBlood Sampling
The Lewisboro Volunteer
Ambulance Corps is among the first EMS Volunteer Ambulance Corps
in Westchester County authorized to use blood sampling as part
of its patient assessment protocols. Pre-hospital blood sugar
evaluation is intended to assist in the recognition of abnormal
glucose levels and improve the speed with which proper treatment
is received. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), along with hyperglycemia,
(high blood sugar) are both potentially serious medical conditions.
Using a device familiar to diabetics called a Glucometer, which
contains a lancet and electronic measuring capability, LVAC EMTs
can now quickly detect blood glucose anomalies enabling them
to provide early treatment and speedier triage decisions.
is a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure used by
EMS professionals around the country," commented LVAC Captain
Robert Stoddard. "A variety of medical conditions and patient
presentations warrant prehospital blood glucose analysis. An
altered mental status is the most common adult chief complaint
that triggers a blood glucose measurement by EMS personnel,"
he added. Before this policy change by the New York State Emergency
Medical Advisory Committee authorizing EMTs to provide blood
sugar analysis in the field, only Paramedics were authorized
to do the testing. According to Captain Stoddard, LVAC applied
for the authorization and has completed all the requirements
and training of LVAC's EMTs and Crew Chiefs. He acknowledged
the "excellent" support of Dr. David Zuckerberg in
managing the application process. Dr. Zuckerberg is a member
of Northern Westchester Hospital's Emergency Department and also
serves as LVAC's Medical Control physician contact.
Total Runs: 385
Trauma non-MVA: 74
Trauma MVA (Motor
Vehicle Accident): 40
Cross River: 107
Goldens Bridge: 110
South Salem: 111
Mutual Aid (calls
covered for neighboring towns): 46
Westchester Medical Center: 12