About Us 2017-06-27T18:22:04-04:00

About Us

Who we are

Responding to the NYC EMS call sign 95-Adam, Volunteer Heart Ambulance of Staten Island, New York (or “Volly Heart” as we are often called) proudly serves approximately a half-million people living in an area of 34 square miles. We operate three ambulances out of one station that protects a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose members are of a 100% volunteer status.

Most of our members are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) certified by the State of New York. The remaining members are either certified First Aiders or non-medical personnel who work in administration.

Our Base

Volunteer Heart Ambulance currently operates out a base on the grounds of Seaview Hospital. The base is located at 460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY. The phone number at the base is (718) 979-5850.

Our mailing address is:
Volunteer Heart Ambulance
P.O. Box 060252
Staten Island, New York 10306

Email us at info@vollyheart.com

What we do

Using a fleet of three ambulances, our members respond immediately to emergency calls over the 911 radio system. We provide on-the-spot care for the sick or injured, extrication for those trapped in motor vehicles, and primary stabilization for the victim. Since time is so critical, the response time of an ambulance can make the difference between life and death. Our primary response area – all of Staten Island south of the S.I. Expressway, from the Verrazano Bridge to the Goethals Bridge – ensures us of a rapid response time. This means we are often the first ambulance to arrive on the scene.

The types of patients we treat and transport to the hospital represent a broad range of emergencies, such as: cardiac, auto accidents, breathing difficulties, seizures, injuries, maternity, and unconscious.

In an average year we respond to hundreds of calls for assistance and we transport several hundred patients to area hospitals. We also provide medical coverage at numerous community events during the year.

Our history

Volunteer Heart Ambulance was founded in 1971 as Volunteer Heart Resuscitation Unit and Ambulance Corps of Staten Island by former cardiac patients who were concerned about the health care in their community.

Current Officers

William Balmes

Bill has been a member of the unit since 2002. He has been an EMT since 1993. Since that time he has served as the unit’s Communication Chairman, Treasurer, Vice President, and President and has helped VHA with a number of other projects to help the unit achieve what it has today. He has also served in various other volunteer squads as well as a paid EMT in New Jersey. Bill is also very active with the Boy Scouts of America and volunteers his time supporting the youth programs of the BSA. Bill is currently employed as a Security Supervisor for the Barclay’s Data Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. When not working, he can be found at home with his wife and three children or in the mountains of NY or PA.

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