After receiving a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture and numerous gifts from area foundations, corporations, and residents, Southern Cayuga Instant Aid, Inc. began serving the community in a brand new ambulance last month.
“We are delighted with the new rig. And, we are so grateful for the generosity demonstrated by our community during our capital campaign,” says Cindy Wilcox, Executive Director. The agency began its fundraising efforts last year to purchase a replacement for its only ambulance, which was at the end of its useful life.
The Medix Ford F-350 ambulance was purchased from Federal Safety Equipment, Inc. in Candor, NY. It features state of the art safety features, LED lighting, and efficient space for medical supplies and equipment.
“Access to ambulance services in rural community like ours can mean the difference between life and death,” says Wilcox. “A safe, reliable rig is fundamental to our life-saving mission.”
An open house and ambulance dedication is planned for September 28, 2014 at the SCIA station in Poplar Ridge, NY and is open to the public.
Southern Cayuga Instant Aid (SCIA) is a private, not-for-profit ambulance agency located in southern Cayuga County, New York. Established in 1968, its mission is to provide prompt, high quality pre-hospital emergency care and ambulance transport services to the towns of Genoa, Scipio, Venice, and a portion of Ledyard. The agency serves 6,000 residents in a 153 square mile region.