In Memory Of

The Southern Cayuga community has lost two former fire chiefs this week: Mickey Piechuta of the King Ferry Fire Department and Bruce Culver of the Poplar Ridge Fire Company. Bruce was also a volunteer with Southern Cayuga Instant Aid back when it was Poplar Ridge Instant Aid. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these dedicated men.



SCIA’s temporary backup rig is for sale!
2009 Chevrolet Express G3500 Ambulance
Was in service at end of 2017. Stored inside. Valid inspection. 204,673 miles. Email us or call the station.





DECEMBER 18, 2017

Southern Cayuga Instant Aid will hold its annual membership meeting on Monday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the ambulance building, 2530 Route 34B, Poplar Ridge. On the agenda is annual election of directors and officers, financial report and annual activity report.

Guy Garnsey, Secretary 10/29/2017

Happy EMS Week 2016!


Happy EMS Week! This year, the national theme is “Called to Care.” EMS is more than a job. Providers have a true calling to help and care for others in their most critical time of need.

They are compassionate and selfless. With long shifts of missed meals and sleep, time away from family and friends, and the stress that comes with helping those in crisis, EMS providers are true public servants with a calling to do something higher, regardless of the sacrifice.

We wish to thank the paramedics, EMTs, drivers, and volunteers of SCIA for their dedication, service, and sacrifice. We are so grateful to you.

We also want to the thank our EMS partners in law enforcement and fire/EMS services with whom we work side by side.  Take time thank your local EMS heroes and appreciate them for their dedication and heroic contribution to our everyday lives.

SCIA to Host Heroin Awareness Forum Thursday, May 19, 2016

Southern Cayuga Instant Aid will host “Heroin in Cayuga County” Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the ambulance station, 2530 State Route 34B in Poplar Ridge. The presentation by Heroin Epidemic Action League (HEAL), a heroin awareness group, starts at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

The event features several speakers including representatives from the medical, law enforcement, and EMS communities, concerned families, and community awareness groups. There will also be a question and answer session.

For more information on the event, please call 315-364-9500.

For more information on heroin awareness and community resources, visit



Grant Received for Critical Transport Equipment

In May of this year, SCIA was awarded a grant from The Cayuga Community Fund to support the purchase of a new stair chair, an essential piece of equipment used by ambulance crews to transport patients in medical emergencies up and down stairs and through tight spaces.

Patient handling on stairs and in narrow spaces is one of the most difficult transport situations EMS providers face. This award will enable SCIA to purchase a modern stair chair to more safely and quickly evacuate critically ill patients from their homes and protect the crew from potential injury.

The Cayuga Community Fund is a geographically-specific fund administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. Created in 2008, the Cayuga Community Fund serves as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to not-for-profit organizations serving Cayuga County.

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