Tag Archives: EMS

Local emergency crews need property owner assistance

The following is a story that needs to be told. It gives a window into the world of local emergency crews and everyone else in a community. Names and specifics have been changed.

Old Forge Ambulance was “toned out.” Radio transmissions between Old Forge and Inlet Volunteer EMS responders and the Herkimer County 911 center took place as follows.  Continue reading

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There will be an expansion to the Adirondack Women’s Softball League this summer as Linda and Pete Leszyk, owners of The Tavern in Eagle Bay, sponsor the latest team. The team will take on players representing Raquette Lake Tap Room, the Bear Trap in Indian Lake, North Creek Black Widows from the Inn on Gore, the Long Lake Barking Spiders, The Inn at Speculator, and the Inlet Hot Screamers of Screamen Eagle/Matt’s Draft House who went undefeated in the 2014 season. The team is being organized by Samantha Luce and will be coached by Ken Thibado. In an effort to raise money for equipment and team uniforms, the public is invited to an expansion team gathering at The Tavern on Sunday, April 26 beginning at 4 p.m. There will be drink specials, raffles, and a 50/50 raffle. Also, the name of the team will be announced during the event.

By Marianne Christy

If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical responder, a driver, or social member of the Otter Lake or Old Forge Fire Departments, stop by the respective fire houses on Saturday, April 25 or Sunday, April 26, as the departments take part in Recruit NY, the state-wide initiative to increase emergency responder numbers.

Otter Lake Fire Department’s event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Old Forge Fire Department’s is set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue reading

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Emergency volunteer shortage needs addressing sooner, not later

To the Editor: 

I read with interest the article concerning the study into the future of EMS and Advanced Life Support in the area. I was in attendance at the meeting and would like to contribute further to the discussion.

The problem that faces the area is by no means anything new. The entire industry (and it is a business) is facing a shortage of volunteers for a number of reasons. It is becoming more and more difficult to afford to participate for several reasons and are not unique to our neck of the woods.  Continue reading

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Local communities blessed with great emergency response team, but additional volunteers always needed to ensure quality service

During this time of Thanksgiving, we celebrate our family, friends and faith, and rightly so. These are truly inspirations to us all.

However, I would like to point to a group of people within our communities that often go unnoticed—our volunteers. Those who work countless hours whether it is in the church, at our not-for-profits, feeding those that are hungry, and especially those that share.  Continue reading

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