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.
This week, we honor our Brother and Sister partners at Emergency Communications Department - 911 during National Telecommunicator Week. Please join us in thanking our local heroes for all they do for our community. It is often a thankless job and they rarely get the thanks and attention they deserve. 911 professionals are only 'heard', never seen so it's easy to minimize their importance. This week, we show them our gratitude.
For those in our community who may still need assistance due to the wind emergency: http://www2.monroecounty.gov/safety-windstorm
WIND STORM UPDATE - CHS crews were busy during the height of the wind storm yesterday. In an effort to assist the 911 center, CHS manned its dispatch office. Between the hours of 2 pm and midnight on Wednesday 3/8, CHS handled 30 calls for service. All this while operating on emergency power as the main power was out on Calkins Road.
Chili Volunteer Ambulance Service, Scottsville Rescue Squad and Henrietta Ambulance have been responding as a combined agency since early January. NYS DOH approved the merger of the operating authority allowing the 3 agencies to operate as a combined agency. The members of all 3 agencies are working together as one team of caregivers. The process to finalize the merger of the corporations is in its final phase. The corporations will be officially merged as CHS Mobile Integrated Health Care. The ambulance stations in Chili, Henrietta, and Scottsville will continue to serve the local community. In January, our combined agencies we're called on 791 times to render care. The local resources covered 773 of the calls. The other 18 were covered by our mutual aid partners.
Chili Ambulance at the Town of Chili's Holiday Parade and tree lighting ceremony on Dec 2nd 2016. Happy Holidays everyone as well as a happy and safe New Year.....
Phone: (585) 889-8614
Fax: (585) 889-9796
Chili Volunteer Ambulance Service
3320 Chili Ave
Rochester, NY 14624
We are actively looking for new volunteers!
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