Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service members stand with a plaque they received in recognition of being named recipients of the 2010 New York State EMS Association EMS Agency of the Year Award last weekend in Syracuse. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Matteau, Kris Eney, Sarah Hyland, Walter Bordeau, Kent Faus, Gene Carroll, Kim Bracey, Bill Sapel and Terry Pelkey.
The dedication and committment of members of the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service has received recognition not only the regional level, but has garnered attention at the state level as well.
The local ambulance service was presented the 2010 New York State EMS Association EMS Agency of the Year Award last weekend during the 2011 Vital Signs Conference, an emergency medical services conference hosted in Syracuse by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
EMS Captain Kent A. Faus said the award is given annually to agencies which provide the highest level of service in their field and this year’s presentation to the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service was the first time the local agency received the award in its nearly 30-year history.
“It was a pretty proud moment,” said Faus. “It validated the hard work everybody does and the relationship we have with staff and volunteers. We obviously have moved in the right direction.”
The recognition comes on the heels of the ambulance service being named the Mountain Lakes Regional EMS Council’s EMS Agency of the Year in July, which Faus said involved submitting a self-nomination package to the regional council with the number of calls responded to over the past year and any additional information which demonstrated the high level of service provided by the squad’s members.
“We submitted a package at the regional level, not expecting anything because of the competition we have within the council,” said Faus, explaining the regional council consists of EMS providers in the Glens Falls area north to Clinton County. “And, lo and behold, our little spot in the North Country was selected.”
The information submitted for consideration at the regional level, said Faus, included how the service responded to more than 1,000 calls last year, with a 99.6 percent response rate.
“We only missed four calls for the whole year,” said Faus, who noted the service has consistently improved on its response rate despite the growing demand for time members face between other commitments such as work and family.
The self-nomination package also included media coverage of the ambulance service’s rescue of Charlena Scroggins, a young woman trapped in a motor vehicle accident last year on Kent Falls Road, and Scroggins’ reunion with her rescuers months later to give them her personal thanks. That information, combined with the number of public safety events the ambulance services hosts on a regular basis, was what Faus believes helped the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service stand out this year.
“It was really cool because we didn’t know our information was being submitted to the state level for consideration,” said Faus.“Evidentially, because of everything, the state thought we were the valid recipients for this award.”
That hit home with Faus and members of the squad.
“It was one of the proudest days of my career, if not everybody else’s,” said Faus. “It’s motivated our membership to strive that much more to achieve higher goals and aspirations.”
In addition to the recognition of the overall squad, emergency medical technician Terry Pelkey was recognized with the EMT-Basic of the Year Award by the Mountain Lakes council.