COCVAC adds new ambulance to its fleet with help of state funds

Photo courtesy Sen. Joseph Griffo's office

A local volunteer ambulance company has a new ambulance in their fleet thanks to the help of state funding.

Posted: May. 11, 2018 1:40 PM

A local volunteer ambulance company has a new ambulance in their fleet thanks to the help of state funding.

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State Sen. Joseph Griffo announced Friday that he secured $100,000 for the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which they used to buy a new ambulance. The 2017 Ford Transit Ambulance was manufactured by Demers Ambulances and it was purchased in Syracuse.

“Ensuring that we are prepared to respond in someone’s time of need requires a reliable fleet,” said COCVAC EMS Chief Steve Dziura in a news release. “Last year, COCVAC responded to over 4,000 calls across nine townships in Oneida and Madison Counties.”

Dziura says with Griffo’s help, they were able to replace one of their oldest vehicles and also integrate the newest safety standards in the new ambulance.

COCVAC has three stations and their coverage area includes Augusta, Kirkland, Marshal, New Hartford, Rome, Sangerfield, Vernon, Westmoreland and Whitestown.

The volunteer ambulance service provides 24-hour coverage, and they’ve been providing both emergency and non-emergency medical care since 1970.

“Emergency responders need to have the most up-to-date equipment and vehicles to effectively do their jobs,” Griffo said in the news release. “This ambulance will help to save lives and protect people in the community. I will always work hard to ensure that agencies such as COCVAC have the resources and equipment they need to keep our communities safe.”

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