State grants enable NY EMS agency to purchase 2 ambulances

New Windsor EMS took delivery of the new ambulances, which cost a total of $400,000 including equipment, earlier this week


By Michael Randall
The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — Two state grants totaling $275,000 helped New Windsor Emergency Medical Services pay for a pair of new ambulances.

New Windsor EMS took delivery of the new ambulances, which cost a total of $400,000 including equipment, earlier this week. According to Michael Bigg, chief of operations, with the grants and trade-in values of the two old ambulances, the purchase only cost the service $50,000

Both new ambulances purchased with assistance of former Senator Larkin and Senator Skoufis have been placed in-service. (Photo/New Windsor EMS)
Both new ambulances purchased with assistance of former Senator Larkin and Senator Skoufis have been placed in-service. (Photo/New Windsor EMS)

Bigg said the fleet of six ambulances is getting more wear and tear than ever before.

New Windsor responds to more than 4,000 ambulance calls each year, and Bigg said the volume has risen more than 40 percent in the past six years.

New Windsor is one of only two municipal ambulance services in Orange County to have paramedics on staff.

The grants were obtained with the help of former state Sen. Bill Larkin and his successor, state Sen. James Skoufis.

Skoufis said the funding will "empower (New Windsor EMS) to continue to provide their essential services to our community."

"I want to thank my predecessor, Sen. Bill Larkin, for securing this grant, and I was proud to see it through when I got to the Senate," Skoufis said in a provided statement. "I'm beyond grateful for our volunteer emergency service members, and will continue to fight to assure they are supported by the state."

 

Both new ambulances purchased with assistance of former Senator Larkin and Senator Skoufis have been placed in-service. Thank you to the Town of New Windsor and both Senators for your continued support !!

Posted by New Windsor Ambulance on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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©2019 The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

 

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