WeDidIt Campaign:

Support "The Vollies"

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) has been saving and changing lives for 26 years. But now we're the ones who need your help.

The NYS Legislature has notified us that BSVAC is eligible for $125,000 in funding for a new ambulance and medical / training equipment. But the funding is a reimbursement grant -- that means we must first raise and spend $125,000 before the grant will be paid to BSVAC. We need this funding to buy a new ambulance and medical / training equipment now! Here's how you can help us raise $125,000 in the next 60 days:

Contribute to our 60-day WeDidIt Campaign by clicking here:

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Together we can make this happen! Thank you for your help.


Four EMS Respondors on Unpaid Leave and Citywide Conversation about EMS Procedures

July 22, 2014
Murdered father Eric Garner in an illegal NYPD chokeholdEric Garner, Staten Island father of six, died in EMS and police custody after an illegal chokehold. The EMS responders are on unpaid leave and facing an investigation for failure to treat arrestee Eric Garner.

Expert EMS Antoine RobinsonPix 11 News interviewed BSVAC's own Chief Antoine Robinson for his expert opinion on how EMS responders should have acted to prevent the death of Eric Garner.

Watch the below video and hear Antoine Robinson's expert explaination.

BSVAC Honored at City Hall Reception for East Harlem Blast Responders

April 9, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio with Rocky Robinson
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and BSVAC Chief Rocky Robinson

On March 12, 2014 a horrible explosion leveled two buildings on Park Avenue between 116th and 117th streets. Eight people were killed and dozens wounded. First responders saved some of the wounded from being killed or hurt even worse. First responders and volunteers, including Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC), were honored at City Hall on April 9th for their service.

Here are some photos from the event by Lem Peterkin (click to enlarge):
April 9, 2014 City Hall Reception for East Harlem Blast First Responders April 9, 2014 City Hall Reception for East Harlem Blast First Responders
and Rocky Robinson Rocky Robinson, Jumaane D. Williams
Melissa Mark-Viverito and Rocky RobinsonRocky Robinson and Sheldon Silver

Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp.: 26 years of saving, helping and training youth to trade in guns for stethoscopes

Eulene Inniss:  7/24/2014, Amsterdam News

The Hippocratic oath states that doctors (medical personnel) should treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, preserve a patient’s privacy and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp.’s EMT graduation and 26th anniversary parade Saturday, July 12, 2014 embodied all the elements of that oath. Read more»


CPR / First Aid Training

Learn how to save a life today.

Be trained by our experienced instructors.

Visit for more details or call 855-259-1563.

Introductory offer: 25% discount on classes of 10 or more.


EMT Class - Curriculum

BSVAC's EMT Course follows the NYS DOH curriculum. Click on the link below for the full course curriculum:

Family Services

Referral Program

Look no further. Help is on the way.

Our students/volunteers are fully trained in life-saving CPR/First Aid and many have special skills and experience. They are available at reasonable rates to help with all your family services needs, including:

Home care assistance for ill or elderly (not CNA certified) Babysitting / Errands / Transportation (non-emergency) Light moving / Translating (Spanish and Creole) / Painting Yard cleaning / Carpentry / Detailed car washing (bring your car in the AM, pick it up in the afternoon)

Call us today. We will refer you to the help you need.

Reasonable rates. Trained help for your family needs.

Call 917-567-9634

Dr. James M. Robinson

BSVAC is very proud and honored to announce that Commander James Robinson is now a Doctor.

On August 6, 2011, the International Theological Seminary of California awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree to BSVAC's Commander James Robinson in recognition of his selfless devotion to helping mankind through BSVAC. The Seminary specifically cited Commander Robinson's work in responding to disasters worldwide, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Queens air disaster and the first World Trade Center bombing. Congratulations on this great achievement and honor!


BSVAC Goes to Haiti --

Rescue Operation Update

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Since January 16th, Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) has deployed over 85 medical professionals to Haiti to help save lives following the devastating earthquake.  BSVAC personnel were the first medical volunteers to arrive from outside Haiti.  It was BSVAC volunteers who secured authorization from Mr. Alix Lassegne, Haiti’s Minister of Health, to re-open the General Hospital in Port au Prince.  Within hours, BSVAC had cleaned the hospital, set up triage and begun saving lives.  While many organizations have already pulled out of Haiti since the search and rescue effort has ended, BSVAC continues to maintain its life-saving presence. BSVAC is fully committed to setting up a permanent presence in Port au Prince to train Haitians in life-saving medical skills so that they can come to their own aid – just as BSVAC has helped its community respond to its own emergency medical needs for the past 22 years.

In April, BSVAC Commander Robinson and VP Tamsin Wolf traveled to Haiti and met with government officials and community leaders to explore setting up an EMS system in Haiti. The need for an EMS system in Haiti is dire. BSVAC has now completed its proposal, which is currently under review in Haiti. This is a complex and lenghty process and we hope the necessary approvals will be forthcoming. Please pray for our success with this critical initiative.

BSVAC Featured on FOX News

Fox News Story on BSVAC! Sean Hannity at FOX News reported on the heroic work being performed in Bed-Stuy daily by the "true American heroes" from "the historic" Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In must see footage FOX News followed the "vollies" to record riveting emergency footage and interviews with NYC EMTs, youth trainees, and BSVAC founder and chief Rocky Robinson. 

Sean Hannity and Fox News Report on Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps.FOX News also showed the daily grind of bake sales, coin collecting and other fundraising that neighborhood volunteers do to help BSVAC survive. the entire Bed-Stuy community -- from the medical heroics to the behind-the-scenes fundraising work that makes it happen (short ad while video downloads). The segment aired July 27, 2008.


After Sean Hannity shared our story on FOX News (see above), viewers from all across America have been responding with prayers, encouragement and support. Each and every one of you is helping us to make a difference. THANK YOU from all of us at BSVAC.  Please continue to support us so we can save and change even more lives!

Learn How to Save a Life – Train with the CPR Masters


BSVAC has no affiliation with the Banshee Association or LAHAF (Lend a Hand and a Foot) and BSVAC is not involved in any way with any Haiti Redeplyment initiative proposed by the Banshee Association.


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BSVAC ambulance


Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC), the nation’s first minority-run volunteer ambulance corps, was founded in 1988 by two EMS workers, Captain James "Rocky" Robinson and Specialist Joe Perez.  BSVAC has greatly improved emergency care in the Bed-Stuy community and trained countless youngsters and adults in life-saving skills. Read more.


click on photos below to see larger versions

Jamel "Lucky" & father, Rocky "The Chief" RobinsonJamel "Lucky" & dad, Rocky "The Chief"
("shoutout to Northfield, VT!")

Dimitri visited us all the way from Vermont! Dimitri (fellow EMT) visiting from Vermont

Members Roll Call

Volunteers with new ambulanceVolunteers in front of ambulance

Youth Standing with Ambulance
Yitzi Wolf, a dedicated young supporter