Tribe Brings Additional Ambulance Coverage to Akwesasne
Mar 3, 2016
Akwesasne, NY — Effective Tuesday, Enniskó:wa/March 1, 2016; the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has established an ambulance substation unit based in Tekahson’karó:rens (Hogansburg) to augment existing ambulance services for the community. The 1,600 square foot substation has been established in response to community member requests at monthly Tribal meetings.
The on-territory presence of a full-time Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit in Akwesasne improves their response times, regardless of an emergency call’s origin in the territory. It will also reduce delays associated with roadside ambulance intercepts on route to the hospital.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has contracted with Seaway Valley Ambulance (SVA) to provide ALS staff and equipment to the substation. The arrangement with Seaway Valley will entail SVA serving as primary responder for Akwesasne’s southern portion, with Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance (AMA) Service providing backup support. Conversely, the presence of an ALS ambulance unit in the territory will significantly decrease ALS response times for backup support for Akwesasne’s northern portion.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is appreciative for the input received from community members, as well as from Akwesasne’s first responders, about the increased need for ambulance services in Akwesasne. Tribal Council looks forward to working with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne on developing a comprehensive plan for ambulance service for the benefit of the entire community. When the substation location was identified, Tribal Council offered the AMA free use of space at the substation and this offer remains open should AMA wish to pursue it.
For an emergency, community members are encouraged to call “911” or the Tribal Police Department at (518) 358-9200 for the Advanced Life Support ambulance unit based in Akwesasne’s southern portion, with AMA also being available to respond to calls.
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