Town Of Poestenkill

Poestenkill Emergency Medical Services

July 26, 2017
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Currently emergency medical services are provided by the Poestenkill First Responders and Mohawk Ambulance.  The First Responder Corps has grown significantly over the past two years to a core group of 15 with several having EMT certifications.   Mohawk Ambulance holds an operating certificate for the Town of Poestenkill and is consistently on scene within an appropriate period of time.  Our first responders are consistently on scene in under 8 minutes. 

On July 20, 2017 a majority of the Town Board voted to reject two RFPs (Requests for Proposals) which had been presented to the Town Board and chose not to progress them to a referendum.    Each Board member had their reasons for making that choice but be asured that the choice was not taken lightly or without good cause.

Why the RFPs were rejected.

  1. Neither proposal would have resulted in mutual aid from surrounding towns such as Sand Lake.  While mutual aid is a program usually worked out by the ambulance services, in this case the town was expected to coordinate all such agreements.  Placing the onus back on the Town would not have not put us in a better position to acquire mutual aid compared to where we are today.  Mutual aid ensures that if one ambulance service is busy another will respond. 

  2. Both proposals would have substantially improved ambulance services in the adjoining towns but Poestenkill residents would have carried the complete financial weight of those improvements.  

  3. Both proposals would have resulted in the largest town tax increase in the Towns history with a negligible improvement in response times and no improvement in patient outcome from what we can determine. 

While both RFPs were rejected at this point in time it does not mean that the issue is done or that the Town Board is unwilling to take actions to improve emergency medical services.  We will continue to work towards that goal and be resolute in our effort to find a solution that benefits all town residents.

Both proposals which were rejected could have great promise if there was a different apportionment of costs so that the entire burden for improvements in other Towns does not fall on Poestenkill Town Taxpayers.  The board will continue to have discussions with these services and with the adjoining towns to see if it is possible to put the suitable components that would allow us to move forward with one of the proposals. 

As we begin the Town Budget discussions we will be looking for actions that we can take that will improve our communitys response to medical emergencies. 

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At the informaiton meeting Councilman David Hass made this presentation.