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LONG LAKE RESCUE SQUAD members include (clockwise from lower left) Pat Benton, Kathy Buxton, Carl Turner, Stephanie Wells, Shawn Wright, Chuck Taylor, Virginia Jennings, Pat Gibbs, Chris Hample, Stephanie Hample, Nick Luxford, Eric Hample, Don Howe and Pat Curtin. Jodi Hartle is not pictured. (Photo provided)


Long Lake Rescue Squad

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 11:24 AM

The Long Lake Rescue Squad was formed 40 years ago in 1974, after the training of its first EMTs. We became New York State Certified in 1976, and have maintained that status since.

The Long Lake Rescue Squad presently has 15 active members. We recently had two new EMT-Bs complete their training, Chuck Taylor and Jodi Hartle. In addition we have EMT-Bs Pat Curtin, Pat Benton, Kathy Buxton, and Stephanie Hample.

We have four AEMT-CC (Critical Care) medics, Don Howe, Virginia Jennings, Carl Turner and Stephanie Wells. The squad also has five drivers that are trained in First Aid and CRP, Patrick Gibbs, Christopher Hample, Eric Hample, Nick Luxford and Shawn Wright.

The squad is funded by taxpayers through Long Lake Fire District 1, billing for transportation and donations. We have two fully equipped advanced life support ambulances to cover an area of approximately 350 square miles.

In 2013 the squad responded to 160 calls, transporting the majority to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake and the remainder to Glens Falls Hospital. The distance is about 90 miles round-trip to Saranac Lake and 150 miles round-trip to Glens Falls. Each call takes between three and five hours, depending upon destination.

Long Lake has 911 to use in case of any emergencies and we are dispatched though the Essex County 911 system.

New members are always needed. As more and more people join the work force, daytime coverage has reached a very precarious level. If interested call (518) 624-6661.

Donations may be mailed to Long Lake Rescue Squad, 8555 Newcomb Rd. POB 415, Long Lake NY 12847.


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