Last evening was very tragic in our little town of Valhalla and we are deeply saddened by the losses of those who died on the train tracks last evening. Being one of the first responders on the scene with Valhalla Ambulance Corps and Captain Steven Marello and those that followed us, we wanted to quickly put out a post to thank each and every one of the EMS, Fire, Police, and volunteers who helped us. Our initial crews and Ortiz Angel, medic 1 from Transcare were among the first on the scene guiding patients and ensuring scene safety ….they did an awesome job! Thank you to our friends and neighbors of Hawthorne Fire, Pleasantville Ambulance, Medic 2 Manny from Transcare, Valhalla Fire, Thornwood Fire and Mt. Pleasant Police Department for being right behind us as a united family front to start the ball rolling on our live MCI. A huge thanks has to go out to The Cliffs Rock Climbing who opened their doors to house the hundreds of people who got off that train and kept them warm until transportation could take them home safely. An extended thanks goes out to Transcare, Empress Ambulance from Yonkers, Yonkers PD for the rehab unit, Greenburgh medics/Jared/Torres, WEMS, (if we missed someone, we apologize) for helping us package up several trauma patients to take to Westchester Medical Center to get the care that they needed so badly. It cannot go unsaid a huge thank you for WCDES John Cullens and his team- OEM and MTA police for their guidance and expertise on ICS. And one last thanks (and it’s a big one) to the people/volunteers from outside this community who came to us to ask how they can help! Oh, and the one last thx is the Dunkin Donut on North Broadway, North White Plains who stayed open late for us to get that coffee in 10 degree weather to the workers into the wee hours of the night! It’s been a long night for Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps and it’s members, but we personally what to give a huge hug for a job extremely well done! You guys/gals did an excellent job and we should all be proud to say you are part of this team! God Bless all!
NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.
PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care in your area and decrease mortality. The program is based on a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care.
Valhalla VAC offers this course every January, so if your interested in taking this course with us, please contact us and we can put you on the list
It was definitely time for a remodel of our old kitchen and living room set up that did not allow room for our members on call to relax and converse. We designed a “great room” set up to allow the kitchen and living room to be one big open gathering place to eat, relax, watch TV and do homework! Our members love to come in and grab a snack while on call. Thank you to those members that helped with projects, moving furniture, adding a door bell! Come ring our door bell and grab an application! We are looking for weekend people to help us out! Free training.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Valhalla Ambulance Corps has a new look on the outside! Recently we placed beautiful stonework 6 foot round with our name and a huge blue star of life. For those of you who did not know, we were established in 1961. With new lighting added for our flags, it also shows off our new look! Why not drive by at anytime and see our new outside look.
Our home here at 1 Westlake Drive in Valhalla overlooks the 30,000 billion gallons of water that incorporates the Kensico Reservoir held back by the Dam. For those who like trivia: How many steps on either side of the Dam are there?
Recently, some of our members participated in a Savanger Hunt around North White Plains and Valhalla. We thought it would be fun to add the list of items that were given to them to find for those of you to find too!
Click on the link to download the list! Have fun!
Sunday, June 1, 2014 Valhalla Ambulance Corps participated in Security Worlds “Drive and Dine” fundraiser to honor our troops. The event was a parade of cars and motorcycles which drove through the neighboring towns of Mount Pleasant to raise awareness for our troops returning home from overseas. If you interested in supporting this great cause at woundedwarriorproject.org
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Tonight starts our new protocol training for Nasal Narcan. Our Medical Director, Dr. Eric Larsen came and instructed us on the when, why, and how much Nasal Narcan to administer a patient with an opiate overdose. This is life changing that EMT’s can now give this medication and save lives!
It has been a hot topic in the news about the Heroin epidemic use in our country. The high from this drug can cause our bodies to want more and more, which leads to overdose, respiratory compromise and death if not intervened.
If you want to learn more about opiate overdose, Nasal Narcan, or how to learn how it is administered, feel free to come to one of training sessions. Call 914-946-8138
Friday, May 23, 2014 Federal Funding Will Help Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps Purchase a New In-House Oxygen System, Allow Them to Make & Store their Own Oxygen TanksMay 22, 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,687 in federal funding for Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Westchester County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase a new in-house oxygen system.
“These much-needed federal funds will provide the assistance that Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs to replace critical equipment like their in-house oxygen system. First responders are our primary line of defense – they safeguard our residents and protect our property. It’s crucial that we provide support to our first responders to purchase the equipment they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability,” said Senator Schumer.
“This is a critical, life-saving investment for the Valhalla community,” said Senator Gillibrand. “When our first responders go into harm’s way, we need to make sure they have the right equipment to save lives. This funding will provide the critical tools the Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs to better serve local residents.”
“Valhalla Ambulance is thrilled to be informed that it will receive the Assistance for Fire Fighters (AFG) grant for the purchase of a Mobile Oxygen Generator System (MOGS),” said Steven Marello Captain, Susan Briggs Grant Coordinator. “This will allow our organization to no longer rely on outside contractors to supply us with oxygen needed to treat our patients. Valhalla Ambulance recognized this need during super storm sandy when we were forced to transport oxygen dependent patients to the hospital because we could not keep up with their oxygen demands. Valhalla Ambulance also plans on sharing the use of this system by refilling the portable oxygen tanks carried by our local Police & Fire Departments.”
The Valhalla Ambulance Corps depends on more than 80 members and volunteers to provide 24/7 service. It has served the community since 1961. The federal funding will be used to purchase an in-house Mobile Oxygen Generating System, which is used to recycle air by drawing oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere into the system. This funding will allow the Corps to save money and create safer, more efficient operations by allowing the Corps to make and store their own oxygen tanks. This new system will better prepare the first responders in the region to handle an emergency. The Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps will share this oxygen system with two local fire departments, the police department, as well as any other entity that might need it.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/ .
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 EMS week starts May 18-24, 2014. Our volunteer members are vital to our ambulance service! We depend on them to maintain our 24/7 schedule and care for our community here at Valhalla and North White Plains. We have over 80 members that are volunteers. There are so many widely diverse volunteers that make up our EMS family and we could not do it without them. We have Drivers, EMT’s, Paramedics, Junior Corps, Board of Directors, Officers, and Associate members that make up this great EMS family.
Thank you to our membership for doing what you do everyday in being a HERO!
If you would like to join our EMS family, feel free to contact us at 914-946-8138 or email us at VVAC1@yahoo.com. Our application is on this website under Applications!
TRAINING IS POSTED ON OUR CALENDAR FOR ALL AND ANY EMT, MEDICS, NURSES OR JUST TO COME SEE WHAT’S GOING ON. FEEL FREE TO ATTEND!
If you need CPR or other training, we have great resources to help you achieve this. Feel free to call and ask for Sue.
Monday, May 12, 2014 As EMS week approach us here at Valhalla VAC, we continue to practice skills we all learned in EMT class. We are always grateful for our instructors to come and reinforce the skills. Thank you Charlie Ortiz for dusting off the old KED.
A KED is a short immobilization board to be used on a patient who has severe back pain and we are concerned for possible fractures. It takes quite a bit of practice and knowledge to put this on a patient correctly.