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Sleepy Hollow EMS Refusing To Accept Mutual Aid?

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This is all the time. It's a shame the people of Sleepy Hollow do not get the care that they should get. Tarrytown VAC is up there all the time. They should get shut down at best.Peoples lives our on the line.

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Isn't Sleepy Hollow VAC paid?

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Isn't Sleepy Hollow VAC paid?

No, they are volunteer with paid EMT's from OVAC working the 7a-7p shift.

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Even with a paid EMT from OVAC working, they sometimes still cannot cover their first due calls.

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Even with a paid EMT from OVAC working, they sometimes still cannot cover their first due calls.

How is that possible? Do they only have one person on duty? Sounds like a failure to me.

Where's the County EMS Coordinator or State EMS Bureau of any other responsible party in this?

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How is that possible? Do they only have one person on duty? Sounds like a failure to me.

Where's the County EMS Coordinator or State EMS Bureau of any other responsible party in this?

Just to clarify, this call appears to have occurred after 7:00 p.m., when the career EMT from OVAC had already left, so OVAC isn't really involved in this specific matter.

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What can happen sometimes is that a driver might not be available during the 7a-7p to get that paid EMT to the call. The problem ends up being that people aren't around or don't show up to get the bus out.

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Most of the membership and officers were at Pleasantville's installation dinner during this call.

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Most of the membership and officers were at Pleasantville's installation dinner during this call.

Fail.

What can happen sometimes is that a driver might not be available during the 7a-7p to get that paid EMT to the call. The problem ends up being that people aren't around or don't show up to get the bus out.

Then maybe they should hire the other half of the crew. This is ridiculous.

Does anyone know why they would hold onto the call for so long when they couldn't muster a crew?

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Is there a protocol in place that would automatically call for mutual aid after a certain number of pages w/o anyone going in service?

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60 Control has very strict policies on what they can and cannot due according to my understanding. Once a unit signs on for a call that call becomes their responsibility. In this case 73B2 signed on the air and became the "responsible party" to ensure that an ambulance responded to that call and it is out of the hands of the dispatcher. There is a time frame that I am sure someone else can talk about as I cant remember off the top of my head. If a unit hasnt signed on in that time frame then it automatically goes mutual aid. Once someone signs on (73B2 in this case) the clock stops.

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Most of the membership and officers were at Pleasantville's installation dinner during this call.

what about the other nights and day calls? this is a on going thing in sleepyhollow stop the excuses .

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Does 'signing on' mean that they will handle the call? Here in Monmouth County, we sign on and say that " we are on the ramp, awaiting a crew". The county will continue to tone out until either, a third tone or we are in service. Automatically goes to mutual aid on 3rd set of tones, or if original squad requests mutual aid. Time elapsed between original tone and mutual aid is about 20 minutes, Most squads answer call within 2 alerts. Just wondering as to Westchester protocol.

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Its almost the same either 3 or 4th tones before requesting other resources

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It was only for an EDP, not a medical emergency. That can wait shouldn't be going by ambulance anyway.

And the title shouldn't read Sleepy Hollow refusing mutual aid if it was only one call and they didn't refuse anything.

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Look, as much as no one likes to do EDP calls, it's still not an excuse to delay service. You don't know what can happen in that time. It can go from a "regular" EDP call to them actually hurting themselves or another and it becoming a medical emergency. Time is always of the essence. We shouldn't be regulating which calls to go on just because it's this kind of call or that kind of call. That happens with the FD's and we see how that ends up hurting morale and efficiency.

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It was only for an EDP, not a medical emergency. That can wait shouldn't be going by ambulance anyway.

And the title shouldn't read Sleepy Hollow refusing mutual aid if it was only one call and they didn't refuse anything.

Wow.

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It was only for an EDP, not a medical emergency. That can wait shouldn't be going by ambulance anyway.

And the title shouldn't read Sleepy Hollow refusing mutual aid if it was only one call and they didn't refuse anything.

Please don't ever come to treat me or my family with that attitude. "EDP" calls can be drug related, diabetic emergencies, and even if "just" a mental illness they deserve the same level of care as anyone else.

To dismiss a call based on dispatch information is very irresponsible.

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