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Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Proudly serving the communities of Ridgewood, Maspeth, Buchwick, and Wyckoff Heights since 1975.
503 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, N.Y. 11385
The Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps has a volunteer-driven membership that actively participates in ambulance and administrative operations, which includes Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Drivers, Dispatchers, and headquarters maintenance personnel. Our ambulance is certified by the New York State Department of Health to operate at a Basic Life Support level only. Many of RVAC's members currently work in the emergency service field, including (medical service, firefighting and law enforcement) while others have full-time professions (accountants, construction workers, teachers, etc). We even have many medical students who want to gain prehospital experience that volunteer with us! Despite occupational differences, members have joined Ridgewood VAC for one reason, to serve the community.
Most members at RVAC are certified Emergency Medical Technicians through New York State, which requires over 160 hours of classroom training, There is always one EMT on the ambulance at all times, as required by New York State. Although many of our members hold higher levels of certification, such as Advanced EMTs or Paramedics, state guidelines prohibit 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 surrounding volunteer ambulance companies, such as Glendale Volunteer Ambulance, Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance, and Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance. In times of mass casualty incidents, severe weather conditions, or acts of terrorism, the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be activated by the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City (NYC REMSCO) to assist 9-1-1 agencies, such as F.D.N.Y. in providing care to neighboring communities. RVAC actively participates in 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 as well as have an information/education booth where locals can find out information about the organization.