In 2018, LVAC had 454 calls for service. Each time the ambulance goes out on a run, it is staffed by a 'crew chief' who is a New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and a driver, who may or may not also be an EMT. Most calls have a third crew member, who we call the first aider, who also may or may not be an EMT. The crew chief is in charge of all patient care decisions, including which hospital the patient is transported to.
The Town of Lewisboro is one of several towns in northern Westchester County which is served by a paramedic service, Westchester Emergency Medical Services (WEMS). On Advanced Life Support (ALS) calls, a WEMS paramedic is also paged out along with LVAC. We work closely with WEMS, and our other partners in the Emergency Services.
LVAC currently has 2 ambulances, designated as units 67B1 and 67B2. The 'B' stands for 'Basic Life Support.' We also have two first response vehicles, both fully-equipped Chevrolet Tahoes. Our older fly car, unit 6703, was purchased in 2008 in memory of a long time Lewisboro resident who named us in his will (John Donovan). More recently, LVAC received unit 6704, the APFARM Fly Car. We are extremely grateful to have received these generous donations. AP Farm has also partnered with LVAC on a variety of other projects, including uniforms, insignia, ambulance fundraising, and others.
LVAC has approximately 45 riding members at this time. We also maintain a roster of junior members, all students at JJHS. Every single member of LVAC is trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), and how to use AEDs (Automatic Electronic Defibrillators). We have more than a dozen Lifepak AEDs deployed around town, in addition to those in the ambulances and the first response vehicles. Most of our EMTs carry an AED in their personal vehicle for rapid deployment. LVAC EMTs are also trained to use and carry: Syringe-based Epinephrine (replacing costly EpiPens); Albuterol for the treatment of asthma, Glucometers for the diagnosis of diabetic emergencies, tourniquets, oxygen, and more.
Each of the 4 LVAC vehicles also carries a LUCAS CPR device, capable of delivering continuous and high-quality CPR.
LVAC also does standbys at local events, often providing first aid for bumps and bruises. You can see us at John Jay High School varsity football games, the annual Lewisboro fireworks display in July, the annual Leatherman's Run in April, fire department open houses, and at other fairs and events as requested.
LVAC is not funded by any town, state or government agency. We don't receive any tax-based funding. Instead we rely on the generosity of our community, and our insurance reimbursement programming for our funding. Reimbursement is claimed only if a patient is actually transported to the hospital, and only at the rate covered by the policy holder's Medicaid, Medicare or their private insurance. LVAC will never deny emergency medical transport because of lack of insurance. And, our patients never have any out-of-pocket costs for our services.
Our team of dedicated volunteers
is prepared to respond 24 hours a day, every day of the year.