Making Progress in Mechanicville

Posted in: Announcements | News on February 5, 2015

It’s been far too long since we have updated the Mechanicville Community regarding our progress with the Engine 2 Firehouse occupation and operations. We’d like to apologize for that, and thank Mary Lou Anatriello for holding us accountable with her 1/22 Letter to the Editor of The Express Newspaper.

We were disappointed that our original July 2014 target for Depot Square operations was not met. The asbestos findings were an unexpected and significant setback. We have been working diligently to resolve the issue, and begin construction as swiftly and safely as possible.

As promised, premium first response patient care for the City of Mechanicville remains a top priority for us. To mitigate our structural setback, we have reevaluated our response fleet, and have appropriately staffed a Paramedic and EMT, with an ambulance at the Halfmoon Volunteer Fire Dept. Station 2 on Hudson River Road. While this is not what was originally promised, we are executing a dynamic operations model, which allows us to be agile. Our average call response 5.71 minutes, which is well below the National standard. We are also able to respond to 2nd and 3rd calls with this same efficiency.

Board of Director member, Larry Whalen adds; “As a longtime Ahearn squad member, I have been so impressed with the professionalism, response time and quality care that CPHMEMS has provided Mechanicville. I don’t believe there has been one call turned over since they took over our territory, which was more common before.”

While we’ve been fine-tuning every detail of the current service we offer Mechanicville, we’re also making great progress with the Engine 2 Firehouse. The NY Department of Labor is currently reviewing our asbestos application; we expect approval within the next two weeks. We have also officially contracted with Turner Construction, who will begin renovations as soon as the abatement is completed. We anticipate a lot of activity at Depot Square in the very near future.

Furthermore, as the healthcare industry continues to rapidly evolve, we see that organizations will continue to collaborate and merge in efforts to maximize reach, resources, and quality patient care. Through our recent merger experience with the John H. Ahearn Rescue Squad, we recognize the importance of initiating an open community dialogue with regular updates.

In order to accomplish this goal, we have recently hired a Director of Community Development. Leah Ferrone, a Mechanicville resident, has accepted this role. With this addition to our team, we will be able to focus on premium patient care while keeping the community abreast of our capabilities, resources and operational updates.

Every decision that we make as an organization is to insure that we are able to provide prompt, premium patient care to our community. We are committed to serving the people of Mechanicville, and anxiously look forward to operating out of the Engine 2 Firehouse.

We will be working hard to keep the community informed of our developments, and welcome any questions or feedback. Please feel free to reach out to Leah Ferrone at 518-371-3880, ext. 120.

We thank you and appreciate your trust and confidence.