Thursday, May 19, 2011

We love NY!

While doing awareness for human conditions, I received an email from a very nice woman who had a very special request. She wanted to draw attention to The New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association. Even though it isn't awareness in support of a disease, these people put their life on the line for others. How can I say no to that? I can definitely make room during May Awareness for people who save lives without a paycheck incentive! So allow me to introduce you to one of many great people, putting themselves out there--Chelle Cordero. She's going to tell you all a bit about her organization, and for listening, she's offering up some books! See? Told you she was great. Thanks for visiting, Chelle.

There are more than one-million-six-hundred-forty-five-thousand calls for emergency medical assistance every year in New York State; a substantial portion of NYS certified emergency health providers are volunteer. Their training is equal to career EMS professionals, but their volunteer status helps keep tax bases lower. (*career/paid responders often ride many more hours weekly than their volunteer counterparts and are often necessary in high call volume areas)

The New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association is a statewide not for profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization, active since 1939. The NYSVARA’s mission is to promote and assist the interests of the state’s community volunteer and nonprofit EMS/First Responder/First Aid sector. The association continues to keep pace with the challenges facing EMS, First Response and Rescue today. Members include: independent volunteer ambulance companies, fire district and fire related ambulance services, college and school based services, first response medical squads, rescue squads and teams, tax based ambulance and rescue companies, combination services (volunteer/career) and organizations wishing to support the spirit of community/volunteer EMS/Medical first response service as well as individual CFRs, EMTs, AEMTs, rescue workers, instructors, specialists, nurses and firefighters affiliated with these services.

NYSVARA is an information conduit with an EMS video library, samples of Standard Operating Procedures and other administrative paperwork. The organization is a frontrunner of advocacy for EMS-related legislative issues and services. They monitor bills introduced in the legislature, propose legislation and comment on regulations affecting volunteer and nonprofit emergency services.
NYSVARA also encourages education and sponsors a yearly statewide conference (Pulse Check) offering Continuing Medical Education credits, EMS products and supplies, and drill competitions. Pulse Check also provides an opportunity for recognition and camaraderie among EMS responders. Youth participation is encouraged. Learn more at

National EMS Week 2011 is May 15 thru May 21. Please help support the organizations that support the people who are there when you need them most.

Contact and/or send donations to:
New York State Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Assoication, Inc.
PO Box 254
East Schodack, NY 12063
Or email at: Sponsors(at)NYSVARA(dot)org


one (1) .pdf ebook of Hyphema
one (1) .pdf ebook of Final Sin

Everyone is welcome to download a FREE .pdf ebook Nature's Gifts 2011

Autoimmune Winners:

Romance and Erotic Romance Author Allure Van Sanz EBook (Your choice of Noble Books)- CJ Archer

Indie Author Dana Taylor giving away a copy of her EBook Devil Moon - Liz

Author Elaine Cantrell giving away an EBook copy of A New Dream - Helen


Sun Singer said...

One thing I have learned from you, Chelle, as well as through your books that have such a strong EMT focus, is the fact that so many of the people respond to calls are volunteers. I don't think most people are aware of this, assuming that those responding are paid by the city, county, local hospital or some other municipal jurisdiction.

Those volunteers provide such a wonderful service; I'm glad to are helping to tell their story.


Chelle Cordero said...

Thanks Malcolm, I am not sure what the national statistics are, but I heard once that approximately 70% of EMS & FD in NYS are volunteer- this helps save on our local town taxes and makes many places much more affordable to live. Many of these volunteers ALSO work in the field (like my 2 offspring). Our training is the same in order to get our certifications. Often you have both vollie and paid services in an area, they BOTH serve the communities well. For me, volunteering is a true way to give back and help our country.

Em Woods said...

This is such a great cause. Too soon (in my opinion) after 9/11, people forgot what heroes and heroines these volunteers are. They deserve every bit of recognition and support we can give them.

Great post, Allure.