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February 07, 2013

NY dept. struggling for vol., fears loss of ambulance service

In what seems to be a nationwide trend, the dept. is on the lookout for more manpower

By amanda Purcell
Watertown Daily Times

RENSSELAER FALLS, N.Y. — The Rensselaer Falls Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad joins Waddington as the latest north country ambulance service struggling to find volunteer emergency medical technicians. Chief Jeffrey S. Hammond, who has been a firefighter for close to 30 years, said his biggest fear as chief is losing the village's ambulance service because of lack of membership. And now, he said, membership is "dangerously low."

The department is down to four active members after losing four in the last year to retirement and members moving away. That places an exhausting burden on EMTs, who responded to 10 calls last month and more than 100 last year, Mr. Hammond said Friday.

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