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.
What an awesome MCI training session we had last week! Thank you for all of the members and explorers for coming out. It was really a great time!!
A quick sneak peak at our new ambulance! It should be going into service soon!
Greetings from the Chili Volunteer Ambulance Service! Hopefully everyone is having a safe and happy winter season! Just a few pictures to get you caught up on the awesome events going on at CVAS and also a preview of something exciting coming to the town of Chili soon! ;-)
CVAS would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Have a happy and safe holiday with your families!
On this Veteran's Day, we at CVAS would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of the men and women who have served in, or are currently serving in, the Armed Forces of the United States. Your dedication and selflessness forms the backbone of our safety, prosperity, and freedom. We are deeply grateful. Thank you for all you have done.
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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