The Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps has an all volunteer membership that actively participate in ambulance and administrative operations, including Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedic, Drivers, Dispatchers, and headquarters maintenance. Our ambulance is certified by the New York State Department of Health to operate at a Basic Life Support level. Many of RVAC's members work in the emergency service field, including (medical service, firefighting and law enforcement) while others have full-time professions (accountants, construction workers, teachers, etc). Despite occupational differences, members have joined Ridgewood VAC for one reason, to serve the community.
Most members at RVAC are certified Emergency Medical Technician through New York State, which requires over 150 hours of classroom training, There is at least one NYS Certified EMT on the Ridgewood VAC ambulance at all times. Although many of our members hold a higher certification than an EMT-Basic, state guidelines restrict members from providing care outside the scope of practice (pre-determined processes, procedures and actions that are permitted for a certified individual) of an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic. Every member maintains an active Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification card and participates in Continuing Medical Education (CME) classes and events.
The Ridgewood VAC has and maintains mutual aid agreements with some surrounding volunteer ambulance companies. In times of mass casualty incidents, severe weather conditions or acts of terrorism, the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be called upon by the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City (NYC REMSCO) to assist 9-1-1 agencies, such as FDNY EMS and voluntary participating hospitals. RVAC participates in local community events, such as the Fresh Pond Festival, Myrtle Avenue Street Fair and the Grand Avenue Street Fair, where members will provide emergency medical services at these events as well as have an information/education booth where locals can find out information about the VAC.