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 RFP’s (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 RFP’s were rejected.
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.
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.
Both proposals would have resulted in the
largest town tax increase in the Town’s history with a negligible improvement
in response times and no improvement in patient outcome from what we can
While both RFP’s 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 community’s response to
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