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Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response helped initiate a contingency coverage plan last night following notification from the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BVAC) that the organization will no longer be providing Advanced Life Support care as part of their ambulance service. To ensure continued advance pre-hospital care for the community, BVAC will respond with Mobile Life Support Services to provide the advanced level of care. Mobile Life Support will have a Paramedic Unit staffed in the City of Beacon. BVAC, which covers the City of Beacon and the Town of Fishkill, will continue to provide basic life support services (BLS).
BVAC’s voluntary surrender of their authority to provide the advanced level of care was official as of 06:00 AM this morning (Friday, April 1, 2016.) The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response was notified in writing last night by BVAC Acting President Debbie Pagliaro and the contingency plan was immediately implemented to ensure continuous service with no gaps in emergency coverage.
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said “We have been working closely with BVAC over the last several weeks as they experienced challenges they felt could potentially impact their level of service. Our Department of Emergency Response coordinated with BVAC Officials, City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale’s administration, Town of Fishkill Supervisor LaColla, New York State Department of Health, the Hudson Valley EMS Council and Mobile Life Support Services to ensure coverage in the City of Beacon and areas of the Town of Fishkill.”
“Since 1959 BVAC has provided excellent service to the residents of their community,” said Emergency Response Commissioner Dana Smith. “Providing advanced level of care can be a significant challenge for any agency. BVAC notified us it would be best for them and their residents to concentrate on providing basic life support services, while ensuring advance level care is still available for the community.”