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"Bed Stuy—Do or Die" the movie!

Bed Stuy Do or Die the movie A new movie, Bed Stuy—Do or Die documenting the incredible story of BSVAC is premiering at the Brooklyn Film Festival, Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 5:30pm.

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It plays again on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 8pm.

Ensure a seat and Buy tickets now!

The documentary was directed by English filmmaker Daniel Bishop. It runs 80 minutes. It is showing at indieScreen, 285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. See map to theater. See theater website. See Brooklyn Film Festival website. Archived on 8/8/11

 

 

 

EMT Class Graduates

First EMT Class Graduates from the

BSVAC Deborah Crawford EMS Academy

BSVAC is proud to congratulate the first EMT class to graduate from its new Deborah Crawford EMS Academy. An overflow crowd cheered the graduates in an inspiring ceremony on the Front Lawn of the "White House" (a.k.a. BSVAC Headquarters) on Thursday, August 12, 2010. Among the distinguished guests and speakers were NYS Assemblymember Annette Robinson, Carlos Menchaca (from the offce of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who supplied each graduate with a custom certificate), Carl Luciano (from the office of CIty Councilmember Al Vann), Toya Williford (from Brooklyn Community Foundation), John Coombs (from the Vulcan Society), Bob Iovine (from NYS DOH), Dr. St. Louis (from Haitian American Doctors) and Rev. Carmichael (from the Church of Scientology). In addition, words of inspiration for the graduates were sent by REMSCO representative Marie Diglio, who was unable to attend. The event was covered by television's News 12.

The Deborah Crawford Award, which is given for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence, was awarded by Deborah's son, Duvale Robinson, to EMT class graduate Eleonore Edmond. The class Saluditorian was Rosemary Penalo and Valedictorian was BSVAC V.P. Tamsin Wolf.

Congratulations to all the graduating class members: Edwin Bolanos, Sharif Cargo, Janisha Crawley, Eleonore Edmond, Lisa Ellison, Tiesha Grant, Tasnim Jeffries, Terrin Lindsay, Ruben Martes, Brandon Mills, Jheri Nichols, Rosemary Penalo, Ayeesha Roberts, Javier Thomas and Tamsin Wolf. Special thanks to Paramedic Frank Baluch who taught the class and all the EMTs who volunteered their time to help the class with practical skills sessions.

The next step for our graduates will be the NYS practical and written EMT examinations, which most of the graduates will take next week (those with scheduling conflicts will take the NYS examinations later this year). We wish them continued success as they continue their journey to becoming EMTs. Archived on 9/14/10

 

BSVAC is preparing to offer an EMT-B Certification Course soon

 

CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED AND THE SEATS ARE FILLING UP FAST. ANYONE INTERESTED CAN COME DOWN TO BSVAC FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

BSVAC members have a 98% passing rate. We know how to help you do your best. Archived on 8/9/10

 

Autumn EMT Class Scores Big

AUTUMN EMT CLASS SUCCESSFULLY PASSES THE NYS EMT EXAM!!!

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the 25 students from our Autumn EMT class (total of 27 students) who have successfully passed the NYS EMT examination.  This is an extraordinary accomplishment that makes us very proud.  As featured in the Daily News on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, these students eagerly took advantage of the unique mentoring, study groups, tutoring and one-on-one skills reinforcement that was available every day at BSVAC outside of their formal classroom instruction.  These graduates are now equipped to save lives as they change their own by gaining employment as EMTs.  To read the full story, click on the link:  http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2009/12/30/2009-12-30_untitled__corps30k.html   CONGRATULATIONS! Archived on 8/9/10

Defensive Driving Course

See full size image   CLASSES AT BSVAC         

Get 10% insurance reduction.                          Get 4 point reduction on current convictions.   Learn to avoid collisions -- save a life!                    Cost: $50.   Bring your license/permit.

For further info call:  718-453-4617  

Archived on 8/9/10

 

BSVAC GOES TO HAITI -- RESCUE  OPERATION UPDATE

See full size image  BSVAC has sent its third group of volunteers to Haiti.The first two groups have returned -- many of them are volunteering for go back to Haiti again.

 

To date, approximately 90 doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTs who are BSVAC volunteers have been sent to Haiti.These heroes opened up the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, established a first-class triage system and have provided emergency medical care to countless patients; they have also set hundreds of fractures and delivered over 30 babies (at last count).

BSVAC currently has over 200 medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, paramedics and EMTs, on standby to fly to Haiti as soon as we raise additional funds to pay for transportation and supplies.We are also recruiting Creole/English speakers to act as translators for patients being treated by English-speaking medical personnel.

 

BSVAC has sent its first group of volunteers to Haiti.  They arrived on Sunday, 1/17/10. 

A group of over 100 EMTs and a dozen doctors -- including 44 BSVAC volunteers -- have been sent to Haiti; 90 of these trained medical personnel are originally from Haiti -- they speak the language, are familiar with the culture/geography, and have hit the ground running.  Already they have provided emergency medical care to countless patients; they have also set hundreds of fractures and delivered 10 babies (at last count). Archived on 2/3/10.

HAITI  RESCUE  OPERATION

Time is of the essence!

Over 200 of our trained personnel have volunteered to go to Haiti to save lives as part of BSVAC's Haiti Rescue Operation.

We have the personnel.  Now we need your help to get them to Haiti.

Please help us save lives in Haiti.  Your prayers and your donations -- no matter how small -- are needed now. We need money for food, equipment, supplies and protective gear to outfit and support these men and women who are ready to save lives in Haiti.  Archived on 1/16/10.

 

100% Pass Rate for EMT Class

ALL 22 STUDENTS IN FIRST SPRING EMT CLASS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE NYS EMT EXAM!!!

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the 22 students from our first Spring EMT class who have all received notification that they have successfully passed the NYS EMT examination.  This is an extraordinary accomplishment that makes us very proud.  As featured in the Daily News on Sunday, July 19, 2009, these students eagerly took advantage of the unique mentoring, study groups, tutoring and one-on-one skills reinforcement that was available every day at BSVAC outside of their formal classroom instruction.  These graduates are now equipped to save lives as they change their own by gaining employment as EMTs.  CONGRATULATIONS!  Archived on 12/30/09.

 

Generous Texas Donors Put BSVAC's Second Ambulance on the Road

White Oak Gives Back logoAn extraordinarily generous donation of $25,000 from Mike and Joy Rayburn, Co-owners along with Tom and Michelle Isler of the Houston, Texas based energy company, White Oak Energy, and founding members of White Oak Gives Back (a charity focused on the needs of Houston area children), is enabling BSVAC to put its second ambulance on the road.  The donation covers insurance, needed repairs and medical equipment and supplies for the ambulance.  The Rayburns learned about BSVAC through Sean Hannity's America on Fox News.  Their approach to philanthropy reflects their gratitude for their own blessings and serves as an inspiration to all of us at BSVAC.  Look for our second ambulance on the road:  it carries a message of thanks for the Rayburns and the White Oak Gives Back logo.  Thanks to Mike and Joy Rayburn we can now save more lives.  Archived on 12/30/09.

Celebration - July 11th

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE OUR FIRST 21 YEARS!

On Saturday, July 11th, we will celebrate 21 years of saving and changing lives.  Join us for music, food, fun and inspiration -- and see our beautiful new trailer.  The festivities will start at 12 noon and will include a motorcade through the neighborhood.  

On this very special occasion we will honor and show appreciation to several individuals who have supported BSVAC through the years, including: City Councilmember Al Vann; Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz; State Assemblymember Annette Robinson; U.S. Representative Edolphus Towns; State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; and former City Councilmember Tracy Boyland    Archived on 7/24/09

TRAILER UPDATE:                               

All moved in / Stay tuned for ceremony

Our new trailer is now fully operational, with dispatching, training, staff meetings, and administrative activities in full swing.  Drop by -- we think you'll be impressed with our new headquarters. 

We will be having a formal dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony later this spring.  As soon as this joyous occassion has been scheduled, we'll post a notice on this website.  Archived on 7/4/09

Top of the Class

BSVAC is very proud to report that three of our volunteers have recently become certified as EMTs. The new EMTs are Duvale Robinson, Rock-El Robinson and Nancy Gill.  All three of them scored greater than 90% on their EMT examinations.  Also scoring above 90% on his EMT recertification examination was Commander Robinson himself. CONGRATULATIONS!!  Archived on 4/1/09

TRAILER UPDATE:                                Good News / Great Challenges

On Monday, December 8th we received our long-awaited trailer which arrived in two sections after almost two years of red tape and bureaucratic delays.  Our joy was short-lived.  The very next morning we had to remove the trailer sections and park them on the street because the abandoned building on the lot next to ours had become unstable and was threatening to topple over.  Although the CIty promised to demolish the building within 24 hours on an emergency basis, we found ourselves in a bureaucratic limbo.  After 12 days -- and television (NY 1) and newspaper coverage (New York Daily News) of our plight -- the abandoned building was finally demolished on December 20th.  An additional abandoned building was also demolished.  We hope and pray that we will now move forward and be able to use our new trailer before the end of January.

Meanwhile, we continue to operate.  Since we had to remove our tent to make way for the trailer, we have had to operate out of Commander Robinson's car. This has been especially difficult during the recent snowstorm, but we refuse to suspend our operations. In fact, on December 24, we rushed 2 gunshot victims to the hospital. . . .we answer the calls.

Archived on 4/1/09

  20th Anniversary

20 Anniversary CelebrationThis is BSVAC's 20th Year of saving and changing lives.  Thanks to all who joined us on Sat. July 19, 2008 for our Gala Anniversary Celebration.  It was a day of inspiration, recognition, music (featuring the R&B star Priceless) and fun.  A Moonlite Bus Cruise to Atlantic City capped off the celebration.  This is a milestone of which we can all be proud and we look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary!  Archived on 4/1/09

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

Learn how to save livesBSVAC provides a full range of emergency medical skills training, from CPR through First Responder.  Instruction is available for individuals and groups.  BSVAC also provides EMT course sponsorship, and participates in the DOH 3-Year EMT Recertification Program. If you are an employer, is anyone in your workforce trained to save lives? Find out what every employer should know. Read more. Archived on 4/1/09.

Temporary Relocation

Relocation signAs we await our new trailer, we have been forced to relocate operations to 561 Lexington Avenue (one block away from our permanent address at 727 Greene Avenue). Our temporary mailing address is 561 Lexington Avenue. Please visit us at this location.

Archived on 4/1/09

TRAILER UPDATE:   New Challenges

On Monday, December 8th we received our long-awaited trailer which arrived in two sections after almost two years of red tape and bureaucratic delays.  Our joy (see item in Archives section) was short-lived.  The very next morning we had to remove the trailer sections and park them on the street because the abandoned building on the lot next to ours had become unstable and was threatening to topple over.  Although the CIty promised to demolish the building on an emergency basis -- within 24 hours -- the building is still there, eleven days later, with no demolition scheduled. Until December 18th, the City maintained that the demolition could not proceed because they could not turn off the utilities.  Now the City has identified some asbestos in the abandoned building, which they will require to be removed before any demolition.  This could take months.

The trailer sections are parked at two different locations, on nearby streets with heavy traffic.  To try to protect the trailer sections from theft and vandalism, we have hired security guards.  We have boarded up one of the sections completely.  BSVAC has been unable to use the trailer to help save and change lives.  Instead, the trailer has become a financial burden and a danger for oncoming traffic.  Meanwhile, we continue to operate our ambulance service, dispatching from Commander Robinson's car.

NY 1 has aired a story on our plight and The Daily News will run an article in its Brooklyn edition today (12/18/08).  This is an emergency situation and BSVAC needs to be rescued!  Your support is needed.  Archived on 12/21/08

It's a GIrl. . . It's a Boy. . . It's a TRAILER!

On Monday, December 8th shortly before 22:00 hours (10 p.m.), the first of several NYS Certified Escort vehicles appeared on Marcus Garvey Blvd., lights flashing.  A spontaneous cheer erupted from all the volunteers who had gathered to await the arrival of BSVAC's new trailer, which arrived in two separate pieces.  Over the next few weeks (weather permitting and pending final site preparations) the two pieces will be seamed together, followed by blocking, skirting, electrical/ sewage hook-up, stair building, etc. Stay tuned for details on the formal dedication ceremony, which we hope to have in January.

"This is huge," Commander Robinson stated, referring not only to the size of the double trailer but also to the positive impact that it will have on BSVAC.  Unforseeable delays with the trailer project resulted in months of operating out of a tent, so it was truly wonderful to see our prayers answered and our new headquarters being delivered. The delays, unfortunately, were extremely costly and at this time we hope that the many wonderful, caring people in our extended BSVAC family who are able to will remember us during the holiday season and make a gift.  We really need your help.  Your support saves lives.     Archived on 12-18-08.

Mother J (Janet Hart)

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Janet Hart, who was known as "Mother J."   With warmth, compassion and humor she looked after everyone and she served as the mother of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 

Upper Room Full Gospel Baptist Church 180 VanBuren Street                      (corner of Marcus Garvey Blvd.)              Brooklyn, NY 11221

Wake/Viewing:                        Fri., Dec. 5th               4-7 PM

Homegoing Service:                 Sat, Dec. 6th    10 AM- NOON

Cypress Hills Cemetery Internment:                               Sat., Dec. 6th

Arrangements: Frank R. Bell Funeral Home (718-399-2500).  Archived on 12-9-08.

Wayne Phillips, Former Chief of Operations

(April 28, 1968 -- September 29, 2008)

All of us at BSVAC are greatly saddened by the sudden passing of Former Chief of Operations Wayne Phillips.  Wayne was an inspiration for the entire BSVAC family and we will miss him deeply. 

For further information on funeral arrangements, please call BSVAC at (718) 453-4617.  Archived on 10-17-08

Danielle Locario, Deputy Chief                                

(October 3, 1983 -- September 21, 2008)

The entire BSVAC family mourns the passing of Deputy Chief Danielle Locario, who lost her battle against a serious illness.  Danielle was a dedicated volunteer EMT who was tireless in her commitment to saving lives.  She responded to a high volume of calls, providing excellence in emergency medical care and saving an untold number of lives.  All of us at BSVAC will miss her and will remain inspired by her example of selfless service.  Archived on 10-17-08

Trailer Update

CEO Rocky Robinson and Tappy Phillips of ABC News
CEO Rocky Robinson and Tappy Phillips
of ABC News

We have exciting news: the City has formally approved the funding contracts for the new trailer that will serve as our operational headquarters. Special thanks to Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, who initiated the grant for our new trailer, and to the NYC Department of Design & Construction. More work lies ahead as we apply for required permits and prepare the site for installation of our new trailer.

Archived on 9-27-08

Deborah Crawford EMT Training Center

Our new EMT Training Center has been dedicated to Deborah CrawfordWe regretfully announce the passing of our Vice President, Deborah Crawford. As BSVAC's Training Director, Deborah was instrumental in training thousands of people. During her long association with BSVAC, she also served on our Board of Directors and as Chief of Communications. Our new EMT Training Center has been dedicated to her honor.

Archived on 10-17-08

New Appointments

Several new appointments have been made at BSVAC by CEO Rocky Robinson. Our new 2nd Vice President is Jamel ("Lucky") Robinson. In addition, James O'Garro has been appointed Chief of Operations, Maurice Robinson is our new Chief of Training, and James Pointer now serves as Chief of Trauma Troopers. Finally, Marguerita Gay-Kuti has begun serving as Liaison Officer. We continue to be served by Rudy Muhammad, Chief of Staff; Tamsin Wolf, 1st Vice President; Steve Hipp, Chief of Communications, and Merlin Pointer, Chief of Facilities.

Vice President, 
Lucky Robinson
Vice President,

Lucky Robinson

James O'Garro, Chief of Operations
James O'Garro,

Chief of Operations

 

 

James Pointer, Chief of Trauma Troopers
James Pointer,

Chief of Trauma Troopers

Marguerita Gay-Kuti, Liaison Officer
Marguerita Gay-Kuti,

Liaison Officer

Archived on 6-4-08

New EMTs

New EMTs Jamel Robinson, Yvonne Frederick, Jermaine GordonWe are proud to announce that BSVAC has 4 newly certified EMTs: Jamel Robinson, Yvonne Frederick, Jermaine Gordon and Rosalyn Anglin. (The first 3 are pictured.) Congratulations to all four on their accomplishment.

Archived on 6-4-08.

New BSVAC Training Center

Lavern Brown, Lester Best and Abdul Foxworth working together to buld BSVAC's new training centerWe are thrilled that a new training center for our emergency medical training programs is almost completed.  The design and construction have been a team effort, with neighborhood residents pitching in and some local businesses donating building materials or providing generous discounts.  The construction effort has been led by Lester Best (middle), contractor, who has relied on the fine work of Lavern Brown (left) and Abdul Foxworth (right).   Read more about our training programs.   Check back soon for more photos! Archived on 1-27-08.

A New Trailer for BSVAC Headquarters

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (pictured at left) has responded to BSVAC's need for a new trailer for its operational headquarters by securing an allocation of $135,000 under the NYC budget to fund a new trailer. There is still red tape to go through, but we hope to have the new trailer in place later this year. Read more. Archived on 1-27-08.


Technical Assistance Grant

BSVAC has received a technical assistance grant from Independence Community Foundation in the amount of $20,000. A portion of the grant has already been used to develop our new website and to help recruit administrative support. The grant will also be used to help with Board training and financial planning. The technical assistance is being provided by Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a leading organization in the provision of services to the non-profit sector.
Archived on 1-27-08.

Ambulance Dedication

BSVAC AmbulanceBSVAC honored Tamsin Wolf for her many years of service on February 19, 2007 at the dedication of an ambulance. The ambulance had been donated by Sullivan County Volunteer Ambulance Corps. It was assigned the call name "TWOLF” in honor of Tamsin Wolf who serves as First Vice President and General Counsel of BSVAC. Read more. Archived on 1-27-08.