People, businesses and organizations continue to pick up what Hurricane Sandy left behind. Emergency personnel were not exempt from the devastation. In fact, the fire department on the Rockaway Peninsula lost everything. But the Onondaga Ambulance Corp is making sure they have what they need. As our Iris St. Meran explains, they're giving an ambulance and other supplies so emergency crews there can continue their work helping others.
CAMILLUS, N.Y. -- The very people who run to an emergency to save others find themselves in need of some assistance. The volunteer fire department in Roxbury, New York on the Rockaway Peninsula lost their equipment and supplies following Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 300 miles away, the Onondaga County Ambulance Corps is coming to their rescue.
WAVES Ambulance Executive Director Al Kalfass said, "We have two new ambulances coming next month. We couldn't think of a better idea than to donate one of our rigs to help them so they can help their community."
This started out as a conversation, but turned into a county-wide effort. Friday, staff stocked the vehicle with medical supplies, gear for firefighters, and other items, which will be driven down Saturday. A sign company even put their name on it so it's ready as soon as staff their get the keys.
"If we were ever in that situation, we would hope someone would gather like we have with the county of Onondaga and send some help for us," said Paramedic Adyme LaRue.
This isn't the first time this particular ambulance vehicle helped out after a disaster. It went to New York City after 9-11.
"It's kind of ironic that this ambulance was also down right after 9/11 and now it's going back and that's where it's going to stay," said Kalfass.
A sign that this vehicle is just as resilient as the people who will operate it and the people it will serve.