N. Y. State Volunteer Ambulance and First Aid Association

N. Y. State Volunteer Ambulance and First Aid Association

The New York State Volunteer Ambulance and First Aid Association, Inc., was sired in Rockland County, N. Y., and had its inception shortly before Pearl Harbor, in the form of the Rockland County Emergency and First Aid Council, which was patterned largely after the New Jersey First Aid Council.

World War II overshadowed statewide development of the movement and it was not until last year that it came to life, prompted somewhat by the State requiring re-registration of all membership corporations, at which time the Nyack Community Ambulance Corps, Inc., formally took over the dormant outfit and it blossomed into a state body.

A meeting of leaders of the movement was held earlier this year in Binghamton, N. Y. This was headed by Wm. Charters, president of the new organization, and currently also head of the Nyack Community Ambulance Corps, Inc. At this meeting those present expressed enthusiasm and agreed to labor for a rapid growth of the new state group.

The first mobilization of the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and First Aid Association, Inc., was held August 22 as the guests of the Nyack Community’ Ambulance Corps., with a large and enthusiastic attendance. A contest in first aid and ambulance operations was one of the high points of the session.

Wm. Charters of Nyack, president of the new State body, has long been active in first aid work. His father and Capt. “Babby” Babcock of Nyack were responsible for the much publicized Xyack Fire Patrol.

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