The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which turns 40 this year, will celebrate National Emergency Medical Service Week later this month as they have in the past, with a blood drive, house tours, first aid and CPR lessons, fundraising, free food, games and prizes for kids.
From Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21, area residents can visit the FHVAC facility on Metropolitan Avenue near Selfridge Street to learn about the 24-hour medical service the corps provides Forest Hills and Rego Park. They will also accept donations.
“It’s the one time of year that all of the EMS providers are nationally recognized,” FHVAC President Alan Wolfe told the Chronicle. “As for the volunteer corps, we don’t get paid, but it’s still nice to be recognized. It aligns us with the other emergency services.”
Wolfe said the only new wrinkle this year will be a barbecue on Sunday for all the volunteer EMS personnel in the city, to “promote some cohesiveness among the vollies.”
Wolfe reported that last weekend the FHVAC signed a mutual aid agreement with the Glendale, Ridgewood, Jamaica Estates and Woodhaven-Richmond Hill volunteer corps. The pact allows one EMS group to help another when they don’t have resources available.
Also on the agenda during EMS Week will be the FHVAC’s 40th anniversary gala set for November. The corps will be raising funds for the bash through ticket sales, journal advertising space and raffles.
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