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GBAC needs new ambulance, support from community

(From left) Adam Arvidson (EMT-P), Jim Hogan (EMT-P, Director), Jillian Golwitzer-Cullen (EMT-P), Kym Shackleton and Zach Roberts (EMT) stand with a Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps ambulance. The local organization is in need of a new ambulance, which costs approximately $120,000.

(From left) Adam Arvidson (EMT-P), Jim Hogan (EMT-P, Director), Jillian Golwitzer-Cullen (EMT-P), Kym Shackleton and Zach Roberts (EMT) stand with a Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps ambulance. The local organization is in need of a new ambulance, which costs approximately $120,000.

— The Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps has kicked off its 2013 annual fund drive.

A non-profit Emergency Medical Services provider, the GBAC serves the businesses and residences of the towns of Van Buren, Lysander and Geddes and the Village of Baldwinsville. Established in 1962, GBAC has provided 51 years of professional emergency medical service to the Greater Baldwinsville community including basic life support and advance life support pre-hospital care. EMS coverage is complimented with paid full-time, part-time and volunteer New York State Certified providers. The organization currently has 32 volunteers, 11 full-time employees and 12 part-time employees.

“These drivers, EMTs, medics, paramedics and helpers cover the district 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and responded to more than 3,500 calls in 2012,” said Jim Hogan, GBAC director.

While the GBAC has a fleet of four New York State Certified ambulances and a squad car, it is in need of a new ambulance that will cost approximately $120,000. Since the GBAC does not receive any municipal tax support, it relies on the generosity of the public it serves to provide the services the community relies upon it for.

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps, Inc., PO Box 744, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

“Your generosity will ensure that we are able to continue high quality emergency care to the public,” Hogan said.

Become a member

If you are 18 or older and would like to try something new, GBAC may be a fit for you.

“Volunteering for community service can be very rewarding,” Hogan said.

Anyone with or without prior EMS experience is welcome to apply at GBAC.

“We are currently looking for highly motivated individuals who would like to make a difference and volunteer to serve the community,” Hogan said.

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