Nov 082016
 

Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The campaign has assisted needy children all around the Capital Region for over 45 years.

As last year we will make use of the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade as a point of collection. The parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with Community Emergency Corps, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Ballston Spa Rotary, and the U.S. Marine Corps. We are also hoping to have Safyre Terry, the Toys for Tots ambassador, amongst those in the parade.

Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting. Ray Otten, CEC Director,  said “even just one toy from each family would be tremendously helpful.”

The program needs have grown substantially over the years and organizers are hoping by adding the parade event, they will see a significant increase in donations. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all accepted. Stuffed toys are the only exception.

Toy donations can also be delivered to the Community Emergency Corps station, 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY until December 15, days or evenings. Toys collected in this area are redistributed right back into the same area to families in need.

The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade takes place December 2 at 6:30 p.m. For information about the Toys for Tots campaign, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at (518)885-1478.

Sep 222016
 

Community Emergency Corps is proud to announce a new ambulance in service.  The new 1354 replaces an older model that was purchased to help with the growing needs of the agency.  Now we have 4 ambulance to meet our needs.  This ambulance also boasts a new paint scheme and new look as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

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Apr 102016
 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our lifetime members, Esther Thompson. Our condolences go out to her family and friends for their loss.

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Nov 112015
 

Press release for Community Emergency Corps-

Community Emergency Corps & Toys for Tots

During this upcoming holiday season Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.  This campaign has reached out and assisted needy and deserving children all around the capital region for over 45 years. A significant addition to the program for 2015 is the addition of the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade on December 4th at 6:30pm as a point of collection. In lieu of a grand marshal this year, the parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with Community Emergency Corps, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Ballston Spa Rotary, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting. Even just one toy from each family would be tremendously helpful.

Our program has grown incredibly over the  years, through your donations, and we are hoping by adding this event we will see a significant increase in donations with the additional exposure.  New, unwrappedtoys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all appreciated. Stuffed toys are the only exception.

We have already started to receive donations and will be accepting toys at our station at 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY until December 15th.  You can drop them off anytime, days or evenings. If we are not at the building due to answering emergency calls, we hope you will return at another time with your contribution. As a reminder, toys collected in this area are redistributed right back into this area to those in need.

For further information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 885-1478.
Jul 222015
 

On Tuesday July 14th, our crews to part in a Demo event at the Town of Milton Park Day Camp, showing the kids a lot of the equipment we use, teaching them some age-appropriate first aid methods, informing them about Ticks and Lyme disease prevention, and numerous other things. We had all 3 of our crews there to help instruct and show the youngsters some of what happens when we respond to calls. Everyone was very interactive and we all learned from the experience.

Jul 222015
 

On Saturday June 27th, our Executive Director Ray Otten  & Volunteer EMT Catrina Kohl were at the Ballston Spa Farmer’s Market at Wiswall Park distributing literature and other information about Ticks, Lyme Disease, and Juvenile First Aid, while also offering tours of our ambulance and showing off some of our equipment to the patrons. Had quite a few folks pick up Tick Removal kits and lots of youngsters gathered up many of the giveaways we had to offer. Look for us at other Village events throughout the summer.

Apr 162015
 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Our 2015 Fund Drive is underway and Community Emergency Corps, your 24 hour Advanced Life Support Ambulance provider, would like to thank all of our residents for allowing us to serve our district for another year. If you’ve needed our service, we hope we have lived up to your expectations. If you have not needed us, thank you for your continued support.

Over the past year, we have taken on additional responsibilities in that we now also provide coverage to our neighbors to the north in the Middlegrove Fire District in the Town of Greenfield. We have done specialized training with the Middlegrove Fire Department so we are better able to address the unique characteristics of this rural area. We have ramped up our training with the Rock City Falls Fire Department and support their move to providing more advanced medical care to our patients. Both of these Fire Departments provide excellent levels of First Response which helps us to provide much better overall patient care. And after all, that is what our service is about…..our patients. We continue to work closely with the Ballston Spa Fire Department and appreciate their help when we call.

While continuing to be fiscally responsible and effective managers of our funds, we have been able to add an additional Ambulance to our fleet to allow for better coverage when needed, standbys for public events, etc. This required us to expend quite a bit of our allotted financing to outfit this rig with the proper, necessary equipment. There are still some items that we need to finish out this mission as soon as possible. Your support will help accomplish this.

We are also looking to extend our training programs so that we may offer more Public oriented training in the future. Equipment for this program needs to be purchased or updated before we can do this effectively.

As always, we are continually looking for additional volunteers to help serve our community. We help provide the training, have extremely flexible schedules, and you can even “Try it out” by using our ride-along program before making a commitment. Call or stop by to take a tour of our facility and see what we are all about. Join us and see what “Giving Back To Your Community” is all about.

As always we accept monetary contributions of support in any amount via the mail, dropping them off at our building, or through our website (listed above) using a major charge card or PayPal account. Some folks even have set up an ongoing donation option so a little comes out of their account each month. Whatever is most convenient for you and whatever your family or business can afford. Your contribution may be tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 agency.

We, again, want to thank all of the residents of our district and look forward to serving you in your times of need with the best emergency medical services available. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Executive Director, Ray Otten, at the number above.

The Members of Community Emergency Corps

Feb 202015
 

Here’s a picture of our friend Sheldon. He has a great interest in anything to do with EMS so, last Christmas we had requested from EMS agencies all over that they send him a patch. The results were astounding with agencies sending things from as far away as California and even Scotland and England. Thanks go out to all of you that took the time to donate. It made him very happy, as you can see. He is quite a guy.

Jan 142015
 

One of our long term Paramedics, Brian Heaney, was just promoted to the position of Lieutenant at his full time job with the Schenectady Fire Department. We want to congratulate him for his hard work and wish him well in his new position.

Dec 182014
 

Community Emergency Corps, the primary Advance Life Support ambulance agency serving the Towns of Milton and Ballston, the Middlegrove Fire District, and the Village of Ballston Spa, would like to thank all of you that contributed to our Toys For Tots campaign this year. It was a huge success, collecting close to 300 toys that will be distributed to needy children in this area. Your generosity has again provided a Happy Holiday period to many kids that may have gone without if it weren’t for you. Each year this program has grown which speaks loudly to the fact that this great community cares about its neighbors. A special thanks to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department for its support of the program this year.

Thank you again and we look forward to serving you all in the future.