The Schenectady County Legislature will consider a resolution to transfer a tax foreclosed property to the Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps (DVAC).
DVAC was founded in 1971 and until recently was the only fully-volunteer ambulance agency in Schenectady County. The parcel, which is adjacent to DVAC’s 130 Cole Road property in Delanson and includes a house, would be used for administrative offices, training space, and lodging for first responders.
“We’re committed to supporting first responders throughout the County to ensure they have the tools they need to serve our communities,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “DVAC has provided emergency medical services to Duanesburg and its surround neighborhoods for over 50 years. We are grateful for their continued dedication and commitment to our residents and families when they are in need.”
“We’re proud to support the priceless service DVAC provides and remain committed to identify needs and enhancing emergency response in our communities,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano. “This proposed land transfer represents an extension of our commitment to first responders throughout the County. This support includes investments in Central Dispatch, the implementation of a cutting-edge countywide emergency radio system, grants exceeding $800,000 for local fire and EMS departments, and the expansion of tax credits for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers to help with recruitment.”
“We are extremely grateful to the County Legislature for considering this substantial contribution, and for their past financial support,” said Robert Cuttita, Chairman of the DVAC Board of Directors. “This generous donation would significantly enhance our ability to provide life-saving services and make a meaningful impact in the lives of our fellow citizens. It demonstrates the spirit of collaboration and community that lies at the heart of our emergency response efforts.”
DVAC Captain Peter Brodie expressed optimism for the continued service of the Corps to the Town’s residents, visitors, and travelers through the town, “Thankfully the Schenectady County Legislature is committing resources to allow the emergency medical services response in the Town of Duanesburg to continue as a local response, led by local leaders and focused on a rapid, professional response from both volunteers and employees. The building expansion would allow greater training space, a more easily accessible administrative office suite and more comfortable lodging quarters for employees and volunteers in the station.”