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A Different Emergency…

South Salem Fire Department and Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps Team up to Fight Critical Blood Supply Shortage.

 

The New York Blood Center has announced a blood emergency, with a 3-day blood supply.

The long-term impact of the pandemic has resulted in a year of virtually no youth first-time donors, 3000 fewer blood drives and 100,000 New Yorkers that have yet to return to donate since before the pandemic. Complicating matters has been a surge in blood usage as hospitals perform surgeries and patients seek medical care that was postponed during the pandemic. The increased need and lag in donors have created a chronic gap in blood donations, according to NYBC. "As the region reopens, hospitalizations are going up and far outpacing the number of donations we are receiving," according to a statement by NYBC. They are asking donors to step up to meet the emergency.

Stepping up to meet the challenge are the South Salem Fire Department and Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps who have joined forces to announce a Blood Drive September 23 to be held at the South Salem Firehouse, 1190 Route 35, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Donors can sign up at NYBC.org or call 1 800-933-2566. Walk ins are welcome but appointments are preferable if space permits. Donors are reminded to eat, drink, and bring a donor ID card or an ID card with name and photo. Masks are required for donors who are not fully vaccinated.

 

 

    

"Every Second Counts"

Lewisboro LIONS Joins LVAC Urging Everyone
To Have their own File of Life

Medical emergencies can happen anytime. When they do, there can be confusion, panic and urgency. Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) EMTs along with Westchester EMS Paramedics arrive on the scene with no information about the person in need. Seconds count - they can make the difference between life and death. Does the patient have prior medical conditions? Allergies? What medications are they taking? Who do they want us to call? How do we contact their family or friends?

File of Life puts these answers at their fingertips. It allows first responders to immediately begin the best possible treatment, notify loved ones, and pass this vital data on to awaiting physicians at the emergency room. File of Life has already been instrumental in saving thousands of lives across the Country. It is an absolute asset to emergency preparedness, and peace of mind, for every household in our community.

LVAC's initiative is supported by the Lewisboro Lions Club who have donated $500 to offset the cost of purchasing the File of Life packets. The mission of the Lewisboro Lions is to empower its dedicated volunteers to improve the lives of those who live and work in our Town. Lewisboro's Lions Club is one of more than 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries worldwide.

The File of Life is a refrigerator magnet with an attached red plastic pocket labeled "FILE OF LIFE". In the plastic pocket is a tri-fold card on which you can record your vital emergency information. Fill in the information on the card. Remember, the information will help first responders to better assist you in an emergency.

File Of Life Mission

The File of Life program believes that everyone should receive prompt, quality medical care, especially when it matters most - in an emergency. It is designed to make the difference between life and death by providing absolutely vital information to first responders. The File of Life format is designed to be easy for patients to use and immediately recognized by local EMTs, police and fire departments nationwide. Together, we can improve emergency medical care, provide peace of mind for the most vulnerable individuals and their loved ones, and save countless lives.

Lewisboro residents can request a free File of Life packet from LVAC by clicking here.

 

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In 2020, LVAC completed its 44th year of serving the Town of Lewisboro. This was one of its most challenging years, responding to nearly 400 calls during the pandemic. Despite the considerable added cost of complying with all of the New York State protocols for the use of COVID-19 personal protective equipment and the strain on our personnel, LVAC was able to continue to provide the 24/7, year-round emergency medical services the Town of Lewisboro relies on us for.

As always, WE NEED NEW MEMBERS!! You can visit the Volunteer page of this website to learn more about the Corps, how to join, or make a tax-deductible donation. LVAC receives no funding from any governmental source and relies on donations and some insurance recovery to fund our operations.

LVAC ELECTS 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

At its annual meeting, the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) has elected its 2021 Board of Directors:

President: Mark Sheeran
Captain: Dan Murtha
Vice President: Zingi Mkefa
Assistant Captain: Judy Saslow
Secretary: John McKeon
Treasurer: Rich Barry
Director: Alan Kaufman

 

 

THE SEASONAL DANGER OF CARBON MONOXIDE
 

Carbon Monoxide - "The Silent Killer"

All too often at this time of year emergency services first responders hear reports of carbon monoxide alarm activations on their emergency dispatch pagers and scanners. Fortunately, the alarm has given the occupants of the home or business a fighting chance of survival. Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the deadliest and most frequently reported forms of poisoning in the United States each year.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-irritating gas released from incomplete combustion of any carbon-based material. Over 50,000 Americans annually seek Emergency Department treatment for CO poisoning, a figure three to five times greater than previously estimated. Called "The Silent Killer," carbon monoxide represents a grave threat to the health and safety of all residents in our community.

While a year-round problem, there is an increased risk of dying from CO poisoning in the winter months when heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves and propane gas are in use. Most carbon monoxide poisonings occur in the home. People sleeping in basement areas are often right next to the oil burner or other sources of heat. People should never use a kitchen range or stove to heat their living space. A professional should inspect heating equipment each year, and every house should be equipped with a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide alarm. Other sources are exhaust from cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, lanterns and charcoal or wood burning stoves and fireplaces. Power outages are a time of increased risk, as people resort to the use of kerosene space heaters, fireplaces and gas ranges to heat their homes. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.
The pervasive nature of CO poisoning is further complicated by the inability of Emergency Medical Service EMTs and Hospital Emergency Departments to easily detect its presence without using specialized equipment. Signs and symptoms of CO poisoning mimic those commonly associated with the flu, which often results in an improper diagnosis. These include headache, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. Other signs and symptoms include confusion, hallucinations and agitation. Ironically, with missed diagnosis, patients are returned to the toxic environment that caused their symptoms.
Advanced technology, donated by the Lewisboro Lions Club, is used by Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) EMTs to quickly evaluate a person on scene, with a non-invasive finger screen, enabling them to detect and aggressively treat suspected cases of CO poisoning.

The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure. Although high levels of the gas can be fatal to anyone, infants, pregnant women, and older people or those who suffer from physical conditions that make it hard to breathe are even more susceptible. CO poisoning during pregnancy is a particular danger as the developing fetal hemoglobin has a much greater affinity for oxygen compared to adults and is more susceptible to CO poisoning. As well, our firefighters, who are directly exposed to CO during structure fires, apparatus fumes and closed space rescues are especially vulnerable.
Do not hesitate to call 911 if you suspect there is a carbon monoxide leak in your home or you or others in the home or workplace show any unusual or unexplained signs and symptoms. Be smart. Be safe.

WACCABUC COUNTRY CLUB WOMEN'S GOLF AND TENNIS DONATION TO LVAC

Left to right: Rita Bailey, Fran Martin, LVAC Captain Dan Murtha, Jean Cole and Cathy Myers.

The Waccabuc Country Club's Women's Golf and Tennis organizations are proud to announce their donation of $11,145 to the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC). The funds were raised at their annual fundraiser, Give Back Wednesday, held on September 2. "LVAC serves the Lewisboro community in so many valuable ways, and the women golfers and tennis players were thrilled to make this donation," stated Tracy Craighead, co-chair for Waccabuc Women's Golf.

Dan Murtha, LVAC's Captain, was on hand to accept the donation on behalf of all the volunteers. "I was honored to be invited to attend the fundraising event on the 2nd. I saw the enthusiastic generosity of this amazing group of women up close, and today it is my privilege to say thank you for their ongoing support of LVAC."

"The spirit of LVAC showed in the generosity of the day by all of the women who participated in the event. It was the biggest fundraiser ever held for a charity group by Waccabuc Women's Golf and Tennis," commented Craighead.

Members of the Waccabuc Country Club's Women's Golf and Tennis organizations donating to LVAC


DON'T DIE OF DOUBT!

LVAC in cooperation with the American Heart Association is reminding residents "Don't Die Of Doubt."

In response to data that shows decreases in 9-1-1 calls and Emergency Room (ER) visits, the American Heart Association developed a public awareness campaign called, Don't Die of Doubt™. The campaign reminds people not to doubt heart attack or stroke symptoms and seek emergency medical care by calling 9-1-1 or going to the hospital should they appear.

Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) Captain Dan Murtha comments, "With many fearful of calling 9-1-1 or going to a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical need to reassure all Lewisboro residents if symptoms of a heart attack or stroke appear, seconds count and the hospital is still the safest place to be - don't delay."

STOP THE BLEED!

On the anniversary of 9/11, LVAC encourages you to honor the victims and emergency responders by doing a good deed. As an act of service to yourself and those around you, learn how to #STOPTHEBLEED. You could save a life.

Click HERE to learn more.

STAYIN’ ALIVE 5K & FUN RUN
In Memory of Christy Saltstein
Virtual 5K and Youth 1 Mile Races

YOUR COURSE – YOUR START TIME – YOUR RACE DATE

This is an example of a fundraising event for Stayin' Alive, an organization that supports LVAC.

7,426 Miles No Distance At All to offer Covid-19 Support

In times of national crisis, buried beneath the "sky is falling" headlines and "this just in" sound bites are countless stories of selfless sacrifice, mutual support and shared good will in our communities. In Lewisboro, that community was recently enlarged to include the city of Ningbo, a Port City on China's eastern coastline. Ningbo is one of China's oldest cities, located south of the Yangtze River Delta and because of its geography and history, it is rich in natural scenery and cultural heritage.

In 1991, Maryknoll Fathers and Sisters initiated an effort to train priests and women religious for various leadership roles in the church throughout China. Sister Mary Mao, a member of the Sisters of the Savior of Souls in Ningbo, was among those nurtured by the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, NY.

With the global pandemic impacting all nations, the Chinese Sisters Mary Mao and Mary Pan kept in touch with the Maryknoll Community, including Anli Hsu, of Scarsdale who works with the Maryknoll Order. Through her connections with a Lewisboro Voluntary Ambulance Corps (LVAC) EMT and Board Vice President, George Chiu, she learned of the critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks and shields. With the support and encouragement of their Bishop, Yangke Jin, the Sisters in Ningbo launched their initiative.

Nuns from Ningbo, China heard of Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps' shortage of Personal Protective Equipment and put together a multi-city effort to produce and ship over 800 Face masks and shields to LVAC.

Several weeks later, LVAC received a shipment of 500 KN-95 masks and 335 face shields, the maximum amount allowed by the Chinese government, from Sister Mary Mao who said the face shields were hand made by volunteers in Cixi, a city in the diocese of Ningbo where many Catholics live. The costs were borne by donations and Bishop Yangke Jin who committed to cover the remaining costs of freight and shipping. The person in charge of the face mask production was Ms. Huijun Wang.
 
In a letter to Ms. Wang expressing the appreciation of the Ambulance Corps, LVAC Captain Dan Murtha wrote "We are on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and, at a time when supplies of PPE were running critically low, your donation afforded us an additional margin of safety, and we thank you." Reflecting on the donation, he added, "While 7,426 miles separates Ningbo from Lewisboro, there is no distance at all when people reach out to help each other in difficult times. "It's not the miles," he said, "it's the smiles."
 

 

LEWISBORO LIONS CLUB PRESENTS CHECK FOR $5000 TO LVAC FOR NEW AMBULANCE

The Lewisboro Lions Club President Dave Phillips presented LVAC with a check for $5000 toward the purchase of LVAC's new ambulance.

In response, then LVAC President Jim Reilly said, "Once again, LVAC is indebted to the Lewisboro Lions Club for their continued support and generosity.  In the past they have funded specialized stretcher equipment, carbon monoxide diagnostic devices, tactical emergency kits for mass casualty events, and now a very welcome donation for our new state-of-the-art ambulance.  They continue to be a valued partner to LVAC and to the Community".

 

YOUTH LACROSSE SCORES SUPPORT FOR LVAC

John McKeon accepting mask delivery from JJYL

John McKeon, LVAC Secretary, accepted the delivery of 50 face masks donated through a fundraising campaign sponsored by John Jay Youth Lacrosse.  The youth athletic program sold 60 masks, setting aside half for donation to local first responders including LVAC, fire and police department personnel and other frontline workers.

(Story from the Record Review, photos by Matthew McMahon)

 


ANONYMOUS CHALK PAINTING APPEARS AT LVAC

When LVAC Captain Dan Murtha arrived at the Corps facility on Sunday morning, April 5, he came upon this chalk painting created anonymously overnight.

At a time when LVAC is undergoing some extreme challenges, it is so helpful to be reminded how our community continues to stand behind us.

To whomever created this artwork, thank YOU!  It means so much to us.

LVAC ENCOURAGES PROPER HAND WASHING

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