Annual Letter

Dear Friends of New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps or NCVAC,


2016 has dawned with new promise and excitement in the air. In that spirit, we at NCVAC would like to update you, our neighbors and friends, on the work and accomplishments of your ambulance service. New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps is staffed by all volunteers who devoted a combined 25,000 hours to prepare and respond to the 1700 calls for emergency medical service in 2015.


To provide the highest level of professional care to our patients, training is critical. Members attend monthly Continuing Medical Education seminars conducted by our training officer and medical professionals in the area. In addition, all members engage in Multi Casualty Incident drills with the police and fire department personnel, as well as CERT members. This year, a two day Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support course is being offered to members. It is fully subscribed. These educational opportunities prepare our Emergency Medical Technicians with the knowledge and skills to respond to any medical emergency.


NCVAC contributes to the health and well-being of our neighbors by dispensing health care knowledge. The Hands on New Canaan program, which is compressions only CPR, is being presented in company offices, at the Latham Community Center and club meetings. It is a simple and highly effective way to save lives. If you have a group who would like to learn compressions only CPR, please contact us at www.ncvac.org/hands.


To give the best possible service to the community, our equipment must be up to date. In 2015 we added a new ambulance and pulse oximeters on the rigs. In 2016, in addition to a new medic vehicle, we will be equipped with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) as well as Mobile Data Terminals, which update medical and locational data instantly.


In order to staff fourteen 12 hour shifts per week, we must have new volunteers entering the NCVAC organization on a regular basis. Currently we have nine probationary members in training to become full members of the Corps. These members go through rigorous training, drills, and must have experience with a wide variety of calls, under the mentorship of their crew leaders, before becoming active members. We are grateful to these trainees who, like our active members, are giving well over 60 hours per month. It is the purest example of our motto, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.


Thank you for your continuing interest in the NEW CANAAN VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS.


SIncerely,


Stephanie Dalia - President                          Jon Frattaroli - Captain


Ann Clay - Vice President                            Wendy Fog - 1st Lieutenant