• 2015 Ambulance Calls

    January                      315

    --------------------------------February                    226

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    March                         237

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    April                            212

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    May                             273

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    June                            237

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    July                              258

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    August                         245

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    September                  229

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    October

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    November

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    December

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    Total

     

  • 2015 Fly Car Calls

    January                      111

    --------------------------------February                      84

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    March                           90

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    April                              79

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    May                             105

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    June                              98

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    July                             102

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    August                          98

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    September                   91

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    October

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    November

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    December

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    Total

     

Our Philosophy

OVAC is comprised of members both volunteer and career who provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week 365 days a year. Our members come from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. Some are teachers, dentists, accountants, students, other health related professionals, and office workers. Sometimes, our only common bond is our desire to be of service to the citizens of the Ossining School District (our legally binding coverage area).

 

We currently have 25 active Members and over 40 Life members who have given over 10 years of service to the Ossining Community. The minimum age is 16 years old to join as a Youth Member. Ages of our volunteers vary from 16 year old high school students, adults with young families to retirees. Despite our diversity, we often form common bonds and life long friendships. A large number of couples met and married as members.

 

Monthly training is part of the required duties of our membership. OVAC provides training for all members. EMT classes are held at our facilities and neighboring communities in conjunction with the Phelps Pre-Hospital Training Department. First Aid and CPR courses are also taught by our members as needed for anyone interested. Formal and informal social events provide us with the opportunity to gather as members with our families and be part of a larger OVAC family. Our membership also take part in many community events such as parades, standbys at church bazaars and street fairs, make presentations in our schools in addition to our primary responsibility of answering emergency medical care calls.


"A goal is a dream with a deadline."

 

With the closing of Ossining Hospital, it became apparent that the citizens of Ossining needed a reliable ambulance service to transport them to the newly formed Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow). The president of the Ossining Auxiliary Police, Warren Stahl, appointed Peter Mancuso Chairman of a committee to look into the formation of an ambulance corps. Mr. Mancuso enlisted the aid of two friends, George Feltman and Frank Vasallo, Jr. to assist him.
Mr. Mancuso and his friends decided that there should be an ambulance corps in Ossining, and also decided that they would be in successive order its' first three captains. They kept that pledge and on August 14, 1958 the first true organizational meeting of the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps was held. Thirty-three members of the Ossining Auxiliary Police Force became Charter Members. The Corps was formally incorporated in September 1958.

 

The first training consisted of a 26 hour American Red Cross First Aid Course. O.V.A.C.s' first instructors were Eleanor (Ellie) Mowatt and Frank Krakenburg. These first instructors demanded a high standard of performance from all ambulance corps members.

 

The first ambulance, pictured above, a 1947 Cadillac was purchased from Briarcliff Manor for $2,500. A fund drive was held to pay for the ambulance and other supplies with a goal of $6,000. Over $8,000 was raised. The money came from numerous civic groups and the people of Ossining. Much of the first equipment was donated.

 

On December 15, 1958, at 12:01 A.M., the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps was officially in service. About 9: 00 A.M. they answered their first call, the crew was Frank Vasallo, Jr., George Feltman, Roland Ferris and Gustav Anderson. It was projected that 200 calls would be in answered in the first year. O.V.A.C. responded to 515 requests during its' first twelve months

Our Mission Today

O.V.A.C. is always striving to bring the people of Ossining the best emergency medical care available. With this in mind, in the early 1980’s O.V.A.C. started to explore the possibility of offering Advanced Life Support. This would allow care in the field that was once only available in a hospital emergency room.

 

Phelps Memorial Hospital sponsored the first A.L.S. course for O.V.A.C members. This class graduated the first volunteer A.L.S. Technicians (NYS Emergency Medical Technicians Level III) in Westchester County. This again put O.V.A.C. at the forefront of emergency medical care administration.

 

O.V.A.C. now offers the highest level of A.L.S.-Paramedics. This level of care is available to the citizens of Ossining and is also available to the surrounding communities of Croton-on Hudson and Briarcliff Manor via our Tri-Community Area Fly Car Service.

 

The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, along with its current officers and Board of Directors is facing today with determination and planning for a better future. With the continued support of the citizens of Ossining, O.V.A.C will continue to provide the highest level of care available for years to come.