Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps ran 4,000 calls last year. That averages out to nearly 11 calls a day or once almost every two hours around the clock.

When you think about it, that’s a staggering amount of time that RVAC’s members and employees spend helping their friends, neighbors, and members of the community who need emergency medical help

May 15 – 21 is National EMS Week. The tradition, started in 1974 by then President Gerald Ford, honors those who volunteer and/or work – often as the first line of help –  in the community safety net of health care.

RVAC is opening the doors to the ‘barn’ Sunday, May 22 from 12 to 4 p.m.  to showcase the many activities the Corps does for the community.  Open House visitors will be able to join in fun, entertaining, and educational activities set up as stations around RVAC headquarters.

Ambulance rigs will be on display and open for tours. Hands-only CPR training sessions will take place. Free safety and medical guidelines will also be available. There are gift bags and prizes, too.

One of the stations during the Open House will be an opioid overdose training (see earlier coverage of this issue here) for community members. Taking the training will lead to the issuance of Narcan kits and certification cards to anyone who completes it. Training sessions will be offered four times throughout the day: noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and  3 p.m. and each takes about 35 minutes to complete. There is a limit of about 25 students per session. Pre-registration for this instruction is required. If interested, click here for more information.

Free hot dogs, cotton candy, Dari-Land Italian ices and other snacks will be available during the afternoon.



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