Canandaigua Emergency Squad is the busiest volunteer 911 service in Ontario County, responding to 4,000 calls each year. CES has more than 65 volunteers and 14 full-time emergency medical technicians and paramedics, as well as per-diem paramedics. The Emergency Squad operates entirely without tax-based support and provides healthcare services and education, including first aid and CPR to reduce or mitigate medical traumatic emergencies, and has done so for 75 years.
CES merged with the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department last year, creating the East Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance Division of CES. The cost involved to sustain the East Bloomfield Ambulance Service, which relied entirely on community donations, was too great for the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department to fund, thus the alternative to the merger was the dissolution of the East Bloomfield Ambulance Service. The merger also creates operating efficiencies as it allows CES to minimize its fleet of ambulances and utilize the two ambulances from East Bloomfield, which saves on maintenance and service costs. On average, it costs $35,000-$40,000 a year to maintain a rig. This is an exciting partnership that may serve as a model for other small Services to be able to maintain their service in their local communities.
The constant need to help all people and serve the community inspires the organization to share their message. CES is a volunteer-driven organization and is constantly looking to recruit additional volunteers. Volunteers make the difference and without their help and support, CES could not respond to the more than 4,000 calls it receives each year. For more information on volunteer opportunities on and off the ambulance with Canandaigua Emergency Squad, visit canandaiguaes.org.
Canandaigua Emergency Squad will be in our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by their booth for more information on CES and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Kids will also be able to color ambulance cutouts and participate in fun demonstrations of proper hand washing and basic healthy tips!