Brooklyn, NY -- This month's HealthLeaders magazine includes an interview with EMT James "Rocky" Robinson, founder of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the nation's first minority-run volunteer ambulance corps. BSVAC is the busiest volunteer ambulance service for its size in the nation, answering over 100 calls per month with an average response time of less than 4 minutes. BSVAC has received numerous honors, including: Robin Hood Foundation Hero of the Year Award, New York City Hero Award, American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award, Points of Light Award (awarded by President George Bush), and Maxwell House Hero Search Award.
BSVAC started off in 1988 with two volunteers who responded to emergencies on foot, Robinson told HealthLeaders:
"We were an ambulance corps without an ambulance. We didn't have any funding, we were in an abandoned house--but know what we had? We had skills, we had tennis shoes, we had trauma bags, and we had radios. And when we heard that someone in the community was shot or stabbed, we would literally run and get there. Even though we couldn't remove the patient, we could stop the bleeding."
BSVAC is also known as "Save a Life Rescue Corps." Learn how to save lives by becoming an EMT - visit http://www.emergencycareny.com/emt_training.html to find out how to sign up for Emergency Care Program's EMT-B training course.
Already an EMT-B? To volunteer, call BSVAC at (718) 453-4617.