The Valhalla Ambulance Corps
received a grant from the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) for
hands on training simulators specifically designed for Prehospital Trauma Life
Support (PHTLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life
Support (PALS) courses that are offered at the ambulance corps.
"We are very grateful to
NEMA for giving us this opportunity to purchase these training simulators. Our instructors are very creative when it
comes to developing realistic training scenarios and these three new training
simulators will continue our mission to train students in multiple realistic
scenarios as a whole. One of the greatest gifts we can give our students is the
opportunity of hands on education. Most
people are visual learners. We are very excited to begin using them in our next
scheduled training event in January." stated Susan Briggs, one of the
Officers and instructors at Valhalla Ambulance Corps.
Valhalla Ambulance Corps
prides itself on continuing prehospital education for its members as well as neighboring
EMS professionals and firefighters, and the community residents. An EMT course
is held annually, as well as PHTLS, CPR,
and First Aid courses. With the new training simulators, ACLS and PALS courses can
now be added to the list of courses
offered. You can contact Valhalla Ambulance Corps for anyone who is interested
in enrolling in one of the courses they have offered by visiting their website
This grant was provided by
the National Emergency Medicine Association, which is a non-profit organization
that was founded in 1982. One of its main missions is to aid in prevention of
injury and illness through education, research and equipment at the first
Susan Briggs, MSN, EMT,
1st Lieutenant of the Valhalla
Steven Marello, EMT
Grant Coordinator for Valhalla
Valhalla Ambulance Corps not only comes to our communities needs on 911 calls, we also respond to Rehab Calls. What is a Rehab Call? Several years ago, the Federal Government mandated that the fire departments have a Rehab Unit on their working active fires/haz mat calls. This is to ensure the safety of their fire fighters and those working at these types of calls. Valhalla Ambulance Corps, in conjunction with North White Plains Fire Department and Valhalla Fire Department, handle those mandates and ensure the safety and well being for those working the fire/haz mat calls. We provide water, gatorade, warmth, cooling mists, oxygen, treatment, and monitor their vital signs. Our primary ambulance provides any transport to the hospitals as needed. Recently there were three events that we participated in with our Rehab Unit. The first was on October 18, 10:30 pm when we were called to Shaft 18 (the chlorine and water treatment center) for a chlorine spill. The following evening, October 19 at 11 pm we were called to provide Rehab Services to the working Elmsford fire where there were more then 5 fire departments on the scene until the early morning hours. On October 22 at 7:30 pm we were invited to participate in a training event with NWPFD and VFD and were able to train and become more proficient out our skills of Rehab!We are always looking for donations of cases of water and protein/granola type bars to supply our firefighters. Feel free to give us a call if there is any extra you would like to drop off to us.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Valhalla Ambulance provided a full day worth of Rehab coverage at the 1st Charlie Melillo Memorial Softball Tournament. We were happy to help out Nick Melillo, his brother and one of our members in this first time endeavor.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
As a member, you never know what the crews are up to when there is downtime! It could be a scary movie, a last minute BBQ, or building a basketball court to shoot some hoops. Relaxing at the VAC allows our member to be ready for EMS calls!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Once again, Valhalla Ambulance and their members supported the Westchester County during their big boom gala of fireworks at the Kensico Dam. On an average there is approximately 15,000 people that attend the celebration. With only a few minor bumps and bruises, the night turned out to be a huge success. We would like to thank our neighbors and friends who supported our Junior Corps as they sold out their glo sticks to support our fund drive! Thank you South Kensico Little League for the use of your gator to support our efforts in transporting supplies and staff to our three locations during the event.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Hundreds of mourners — including dozens of emergency medical technicians — on Saturday, July 6, 2013, paid tribute Dr. Nicholas DeRobertis, a leader in the field of emergency medicine credited with bringing life-saving tools and training to the public. He died of a heart attack earlier in the week.At his funeral at St. Patrick’s Church, an honor guard of EMT’s, police and fire officials from all over Westchester County stood at attention, while a row of ambulances parked nearby bore silent tribute to a well-respected colleague and friend.“He was a strong proponent of getting advanced life-saving capabilities on the street,” recalled Peter McDonald, deputy chief of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, standing outside the church in his dress uniform. “I can’t imagine how many lives were saved because of his efforts.”McDonald, a registered nurse who had worked alongside Dr. DeRobertis, recalled that only a generation or so ago, the tool-kit that EMT’s carried on the job were relatively primitive. The late doctor, through persistence and dedication, helped usher in a new wave of life-saving technology that can re-start the heart and open blocked breathing passages, advances that spread through the region.“He was a leader of all that,” said McDonald, “We’re all better off because of his efforts.”Inside the church, his daughter, Alicia, spoke of his warmth and passion, his love of parties.“He was one of the hardest working men I know. He had to be the best, and, boy, did he succeed,” she said. “His mind was so full of ways to improve patient care. Once he accomplished one goal, he moved onto the next.”She recalled his commitment as a father -- when she started playing field hockey at the age of 12, he bought a stick to practice with her. “He was a man who lived life to the fullest,” she said.DeRobertis, 60, of Somers, was a physician and administrator at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers. He died of a heart attack July 1.The Rev. John Duffel said the late doctor put Christian principles into action as a physician and a man, and he made the most of his talents.“He did more in 60 years that most people would in 80 or 100,” Duffel said. “He did what a believer was supposed to do....Wherever he walked, he made the world better.”
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thanks to North White Plains Fire Department for showing us how to treat a firefighter in their full turnout gear.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Once again we held a Combined PHTLS course here at the VAC. This course is designed for Paramedics and EMT's to gain critical thinking skills when dealing with trauma patients. The program is designed with many hands on skills to reinforce what is learned throughout the two day course. The fun part is all the creative ways that are incorporated into this wonderful training program. What does a brain really look like if it sustains a head injury? Cauliflower and jello are the perfect way to demonstrate this!Scenarios such as a motorcycle accident are interactive with all of the team players helping to save a life! Look for the next course to be held in January 2014!
Students in EMT class
Friday, January 18, 2013
Congratulation EMT Students! Valhalla Ambulance Corps hosted our third EMT Original Course with Donnie Dearborn as the CIC. 16 students successfully completed the course, took the NYS DOH exam, and now patiently awaiting the results. We wish them all the best in the future. Valhalla Ambulance Corps is seeking future students for a EMT Refresher Course in September. It is tentatively slotted from Sept 4 to Nov 21 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. If you are interested, please contact us at VVAC1@yahoo.com
Saturday, January 12, 2013
WOW! Valhalla Ambulance Corps held it's first ever PHTLS course. Sue Briggs and Lesley Hughes were the instructors for 10 students. People came from as far as Syracuse just to be entertained by this hands on course. Where else could you learn needle decompression on a pig, or practice I/O on chicken legs, or see how estimated blood loss size actually looks like?If you or your organization would like to host a PHTLS course, please contact us at VVAC1@yahoo.com.
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