Irondequoit Ambulance was founded in 1982 by community members that wanted to have an ambulance that was based in Irondequoit and was focused on the community needs. For many years a 100% volunteer crew responded in the Irondequoit. There were only a few hundred calls per year in these early days. There was donated space at the old Abraham Lincoln School on North Park Drive that was used as a base and a used ambulance was purchased for responding to calls. Through hard work a new base was designed and built at 2330 Norton Street in 1989.
In 1995 as call volume increased from a few hundred calls to over 1,200 annually, volunteer time became more difficult to find. To make sure we were committed to service the community properly career staff was hired to cover day time hours.
Today we have continued to evolve meeting many challenges on the way. Irondequoit Ambulance operates with staffing 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. In 2017 we had over 4,700 calls for service, and in 2018 we expect to receive over 5,500.
Irondequoit Ambulance provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support ambulances. Basic life support (BLS) is defined as a variety of non-invasive emergency procedures performed to assist in the immediate survival of a patient, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hemorrhage control, stabilization of fractures, spinal immobilization, and basic first aid. Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a set of life-saving protocols and skills that extend Basic Life Support to add additional skills such as cardiac monitoring and rhythm correction, airway control procedures, and lifesaving medications commonly found in an emergency room.
Unlike the early days of ambulance transports, we aren't just "ambulance drivers." Our pre-hospital care experts can provide almost everything an emergency room can do within the first 20 minutes.
Always there. Always ready.