Brighton Volunteer Ambulance leadership recently announced plans concerning the expansion of its current base at 1551 Winton Road South, Brighton, after receiving funding for $500,000 issued jointly by the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly.
The call volume for Brighton Volunteer Ambulance has grown nearly 5,600 emergency calls per year. The fleet that started with one ambulance is now up to five ambulances and two emergency ambulance service vehicles. With additional crews, administrative staff and storage space and added garage space, the plan is to expand the current 4,500-square-foot facility to about 10,594 square feet. The added storage space will enable BVA to eliminate its leaded off-site storage. They will continue to maintain their training center in leased space at the nearby Brookside Elementary School.
The expansion project will allow BVA benefits that also will benefit the community. With offices and crew quarters located on the first floor, the second floor will be dedicated for storage. This will allow energy-efficiency in the building. The first aid area for walk-in patients will have better privacy. One of BVA’s more popular features for town residents is the loan closet that includes crutches, canes and wheelchairs, which will be relocated near the public entrance.
The current four-bay garage will increase to an eight-bay garage and allow BVA to store all their vehicles inside in a secure location and within a temperature-controlled environment. New York State Department of Health regulations require certain equipment and medications to be kept within such a setting. Currently, the ambulance crews have to move equipment and medication out of vehicles during periods of temperature extremes.
BVA Vice President Dennis Mietz spoke about the cost of this undertaking. Based on initial estimates, the total project cost will be about $1,797,000. This money will come from various sources including purposed dedicated funds from operations, public donations, bequests and grants.
BVA Government Liaison Michael E. Pollock explained how grant funding was achieved for this project, by fostering a close working relationship with their state legislators Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th District; and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle over many years. Keeping them advised on how BVA served the public and initiatives introduced to improve the level of service to the community.
“I was proud to secure a $250,000 grant from New York State for Brighton Volunteer Ambulance,” said Robach. “The men and women of Brighton Volunteer Ambulance respond to over 5,500 emergencies every year and provide countless other services to the people and families of the Town of Brighton. With this $250,000 grant, Brighton Volunteer Ambulance will be able to modernize and construct a state-of-the-art station and better serve the people of the community. I have and will continue to be a strong supporter of Brighton Volunteer Ambulance.”
“Every day the brave men and women of the Brighton Volunteer Ambulance selflessly and courageously put themselves in harm’s way in the name of serving and protecting our community,” Morelle said. “In turn, it is our duty to ensure that these devoted individuals receive the essential support and resources they need and rightly deserve. I am truly grateful to all of our local ambulance personnel, and I am proud to have been able to secure $250,000 to support BVA in their important work. I thank Sen. Robach and our colleagues in the legislature for their partnership in making these vital facility upgrades a reality.”
Brighton Town Supervisor William W. Moehle addressed those gathered saying, “The town of Brighton is grateful to Sen. Joe Robach and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle for their help and support in securing funding for the cost of an important addition to the headquarters of Brighton Volunteer Ambulance.”
Although the proposed addition has not received final approval, BVA has been a steward of the landmark property at 1551 Winton Road South that serves as their headquarters. From this location, BVA provides emergency medical service throughout Brighton. The planned expansion space would enhance BVA’s capabilities and support increasing call volumes. Vice President Dennis Mietz said that BVA would not have to run a capital campaign for funding the planned expansion nor ask the town to raise the Special Ambulance District taxes for any part of this project. The New York State grants totaling $500,000 meet the final portion of the financial goal for the ambulance base expansion. Brighton Volunteer Ambulance President Dan McCue expressed gratitude on behalf of the ambulance corps.
“We are fortunate to have garnered such great support from our state and local officials,” McCue said. “Our volunteer and career members will continue to be leaders in emergency medical services and providing premier pre-hospital care. We take pride in being part of the Brighton public safety team.