The Chili Ambulance has been serving the Town of Chili for just over 60 years. Recently, in 2006, the Ambulance Service split from the fire department forming the Chili Volunteer Ambulance Service (CVAS). The split from the fire department was a business decision and necessary for several reasons. Changes being made to the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement systems left many of our senior citizens and those on fixed incomes with extremely high advanced life support bills. Although remaining a volunteer service, the new organization, (CVAS) was able to start billing insurance companies for emergency medical services directly. By doing this, it greatly reduced the out of pocket costs for seniors as well as lower the ambulance tax rate by nearly 30%.
The Chili Volunteer Ambulance base is located at 3320 Chili Avenue in the old Ray Sands Glass building across from Suburban Propane. We currently have 48 members answering over 2000 calls annually in a district that covers approximately 42 square miles. Because our volunteers have other jobs, the Chili Volunteer Ambulance (through contract) employees several career staff personnel to fill shifts as needed. We share an excellent relationship with the Gates Volunteer Ambulance who provides the CVAS along with our own Paramedic services 24/7 along with back up basic life support when called upon.
As we continue to move forward, our goal has been and continues to be to provide quality emergency medical services to the residents and those spending a portion of their day in the Town of Chili. The volunteers and career staff personnel work very hard every day to deliver a dedicated and compassionate service to those who need it. Working together, we all hope to make a difference.
On Thursday July 4th, the Chili Volunteer Ambulance provided EMS/Medical coverage during the 2013 annual Chil-e Fest celebration. Due to the large turn out, the State Health Department deemed this festival a Part 18 event. EMS providers were required to staff two ambulances and an EMS first aid tent from 1pm till approx 11pm. Despite the high heat conditions, there were no serious medical issues. CVAS personnel did take care of several minor first aid requests during the day long event. Chili Ambulance personnel were glad to be of assistance.
On Thursday June 20th, the Chili Volunteer Ambulance assisted and stood by while the Monroe County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad neutralized several explosive devices that were recently taken into custody from another jurisdiction. Because of the bomb squads outstanding training and expertise, the exercise was quickly taken care of without incident. The Gates Fire Department assisted with this detail as well.
On Saturday, May 18th, 2013 the Chili Volunteer Ambulance attended a health and safety day hosted by the Legacy at Parklands, 2000 Park Creek Dr. EMS providers interfaced with the seniors and discussed topics such as medication safety, fall prevention and the importance of having medical history and medication information available for emergency responders. EMS providers also talked about changes in healthcare and took complimentary blood pressures. The Chili and Clifton Fire Departments were in attendance as well.
Phone: (585) 889-8614
Fax: (585) 889-9796
Chili Volunteer Ambulance Service
3320 Chili Ave
Rochester, NY 14624
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