To the Times of Ti:
We just wanted to take some time to share a little bit about our organization and highlight some things from 2012.
This past year we were busy and responded to 540 emergency calls. This is a record for our department. Most of our calls seem to occur during the daytime between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., when many of our volunteers work. However, our volunteers overcame all of these obstacles and did an outstanding job this past year.
Each of our responders took anywhere from 10 to 200 calls where each call averages an hour. We had five individuals take a Certified First Responder Course, which is approximately 60 hours, two individuals who took an EMT basic course, which is approximately 190 hours, and one individual who is currently taking the advanced EMT critical care course, which is well over 300 hours. Most of our members also took several hours of continuing education courses, many of which are offered out of the area. Our department as a whole has put in thousands of hours to help our community. This is truly remarkable considering we are all volunteer.
Financially, we rely on the billing of our patients to keep operating costs down as with many ambulance squads. We also receive funding from the town of Putnam and by donations. We do not receive funding from the town of Ticonderoga. Many people do not understand all the costs that are involved with operating an ambulance squad. Billings from patients only cover a small portion of these operating costs. Therefore, many ambulance squads in the county receive funding from the towns they cover to off set remaining costs. All in all, we were able to keep costs down as much as possible and still provide the best care to our patients. Looking ahead, our anticipated expenditures that we budgeted for in 2013 are $130,000. However, we anticipate there will be some unplanned expenses.
Overall, this past year has proved to be one of the best as we welcomed several new members to our family and even moved into a new home. Our new facility offers our members training close to home, a quiet place to study, and even a place to get together and have lunch. For our community we were able to offer a place to hold meetings and CPR training.
Looking to 2013, we hope it is equally as good as 2012. We are very appreciative of everyone who made 2012 successful and hope it continues into the New Year. We are always looking for volunteers. For more information or to become part of this organization check out our website at www.ticonderogaemergencysquad.com.
Mark Barber, captain
Ticonderoga Emergency Squad