Lewiston deputy EMS chief Matthew Grainge said Catholic Health had “partnered with us for the oversight of medical management and was always ready to assist in the training of not only Lewiston 1 paramedics, but also those of the county “.
Fri 22 Oct 2021 11:00 AM
Company now offering level 4 paramedical services to the community
â Lewiston No. 1 invites residents to consider membership opportunities
By Terry Duffy
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. announced this week an upgrade of its community emergency medical service offerings to a Level 4 paramedic unit.
Chief Les Myers said the advancement reflects the continuation of the company’s most recent upgrade. As a result, Lewiston 1 has now reached the highest level of prehospital care capabilities available. With certifications recently obtained from the New York State Department of Health, the advanced capabilities of Lewiston 1 paramedics and paramedics have been greatly expanded with the increase in drugs and cardiac capacity, upon which help mutual fund previously rested strongly.
The advancement marks the latest service enhancement for Lewiston No.1, which provides fire and emergency response services to both the Village and Town of Lewiston as well as residents across the river region.
âI have been in the fire department since 1974; we have come a long way in the treatment we can provide to our residents and visitors, âMyers said. “This latest breakthrough has been a long-term goal for many years, and the time is right.”
In 2017, Lewiston 1 moved from a basic EMT agency to an advanced EMT level agency, which elevated the company to a mid-level certification. Lewiston No. 1 often partners with Lewiston No. 2 Fire Co., Upper Mountain Fire Co., Sanborn Volunteer Fire Co., and the Youngstown and Ransomville firefighters to assist each other as needed. Lewiston 1 can now provide the highest level of patient care to residents on an independent basis.
“This has always been a personal goal of mine for our agency, and I’m happy to see it finally happen, now that the time is right,” Lewiston Deputy EMS Chief Matthew Grainge said.
Lewiston # 1 members can now achieve certification both as an EMT and up to the paramedic level.
Myers attributed the company’s upgrade to the continued professionalism and dedication of its members.
âThese advances, over the years, have been made possible by our volunteers,â he said. âAs members pursue EMT certifications and above, we are able to adjust our agency’s capabilities when appropriate. Today, we are equipping our two ambulances with 16 basic paramedics, four advanced paramedics, two intensive care paramedics and one paramedic.
He added, âI am proud of the members of Lewiston 1. Our paramedics provide 24/7 coverage to our community with the most efficient and compassionate care. With over 1,000 service calls per year, approximately 80% to 85% are EMS or rescue in nature. Our members work very hard to answer calls from our community and find deep satisfaction in helping others. It is the hard work of our team that made this important and life-saving change a reality. “
Those interested in serving the community as a volunteer can contact Lewiston 1 to discuss membership opportunities.
âThat said, we never stop recruiting! Myers said. âThe Volunteer Fire Department and EMS have waves of staff because it’s not our paid job. This means that our members come and go sometimes, depending on where life takes them. We always need to recruit to make sure we have the staff for 911 calls as our membership fluctuates. ”
Grainge noted, âIf you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, EMT or paramedic and live in our area, I strongly encourage you to continue to join Lewiston 1. The benefits of joining, in addition to serving your community, include a pension of retirement, a membership rewards system, private 24/7 fitness center and more.
For more information, contact Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. at 716-754-4487 or online at www.lfd1.com.