Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps
The Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or PSVAC, is a community organization that provides emergency medical response, rescue operations, patient assessment, treatment, and transport, regardless of ability to pay in Brooklyn, New York. Since 1992, members have responded to over ten thousand calls for help.
PSVAC's mission is as follows:
- Provide emergency medical response, rescue operations, patient assessment, treatment, and transport, regardless of ability to pay
- Provide placement, educational and event services to members of the community
PSVAC has served the community for over 15 years, and has won a number of recognitions and awards and sponsorships.
Today, the Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps has over 70 active members, including 20 crew chiefs. PSVAC has four ambulances, patrol bicycles and a first-response fly car. The Corps responds to thousands of calls every year, resulting in treating and/or transporting over seven hundred patients. By comparison, there are entire communities around the country whose annual response is less than 500 calls.
PSVAC is a participating member of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY)'s NYC 911 system.
The corps is composed of unpaid volunteers who donate their time and a wide range of skills and experience. Members who work on PSVAC's ambulances are all trained medical personnel, capable of handling a wide range of emergency situations.
Members come from all walks of life. Some are medical professionals, such as emergency medical technicians (EMT-Bs), paramedics, doctors, etc. Others work in finance, law enforcement, construction, education, business, or are self-employed.