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Balance & Falls Risk Assessment Clinic

Falls make up a significant percentage of calls for EMS providers. Here is information about a clinic that is trying to help prevent falls.

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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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Sullivan Named Central New York EMS Provider of the Year

Mike Sullivan, EMT-Basic with Southern Cayuga Instant Aid, Inc. (SCIA) in Poplar Ridge was named the 2015 Central New York EMS Basic Life Support Provider of the Year.

Sullivan has been a member of SCIA since 2009 and an EMT since 2011. He is also a volunteer with Long Hill Fire Department of Venice and Four Town First Aid Squad of Moravia.

“Mike exemplifies service to the community” says Cindy Wilcox, Executive Director. “He is always ready to help and performs his job with compassion and respect for his patients and his EMS colleagues. This award is well-deserved.”

The annual award recognizes the community contributions by a Certified First Responder (CFR) or an EMT-Basic (EMT-B) for dedication, responsibility, professional behavior, ingenuity, special skills, or insight in the EMS environment.

Sullivan was presented the award at the Regional EMS Council’s annual meeting in July in Syracuse, New York.

Central New York EMS program serves Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins Counties and assists the Regional EMS Council and the New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS in the development of regional EMS systems.

Southern Cayuga Instant Aid (SCIA) is the primary pre-hospital emergency care and ambulance transport agency serving the residents of Genoa, Scipio, Venice, and a portion of Ledyard in southern Cayuga County, New York.

Pictured l to r: Daniel Olsson, MD CNY EMS Medical Director; Michael Sullivan, SCIA EMT; Brian Dahl, Cayuga County EMS Director

Southern Cayuga Instant Aid Puts New Ambulance in Service

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.

Southern Cayuga Ambulance Awarded USDA Loan and Grant to Support Ambulance Purchase

SCIA was selected to receive nearly $60,000 in loans and grants from the United States Department of Agriculture to support the purchase of a replacement ambulance. The funding is provided through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which helps finance the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns.

The agency was awarded $50,000 in the form of a low interest loan and a $9,000 grant award.  “Access to emergency medical services in rural areas like ours can mean the difference between life and death,” says Cindy Wilcox, Executive Director. “We are delighted with the award from the USDA. It provides a solid financial foundation for us as we continue to raise money for this critical need.”  The agency operates only one ambulance which is at the end of its useful life.

The agency expects to raise $50,000 through foundation grants, corporate gifts, and community donations in an effort to minimize its USDA loan obligation upfront. “Being a small, rural ambulance agency with limited financial means, support from area foundations, businesses, and individuals is fundamental for us to continue our life-saving work,” says Wilcox.