The Verplanck Fire Department's 17 Emergency Medical Technicians and support personnel respond to a variety of requests for emergency medical services within the District. We provide Basic Life Support coverage for Verplanck Tax Residence which include Coachlight Square, and the Indian Point Energy Center. We work closely with Advanced Life Support agencies Cortlandt Regional Paramedics and Peekskill Fire Department paramedics to provide a higher level of care on a call by call basis. The ambulance is dispatched by our Fire Control (60 Control) once they receive your 911 call.
Receiving Hospitals: New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Center - Peekskill, NY Phelps Memorial Hospital - Sleepy Hollow, NY Westchester Medical Center - Valhalla, NY
We also provide mutual aid to nearby agencies including Peekskill VAC, Cortlandt VAC, and Croton EMS.
SUMMER EMS TIPS
Types of Heat Stress Emergencies
Heat Stroke: Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given. Symptoms Symptoms of heat stroke include: Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, Hallucinations Chills Throbbing headache High body temperature Confusion/dizziness Slurred speech First Aid Take the following steps to treat a person with heat stroke: Call 911 Move the sick person to a cool shaded area. Cool the Person using methods such as: Soaking their clothes with water. Spraying, sponging, or showering them with water. Fanning their body.
Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is the body's response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Person most prone to heat exhaustion are those that are elderly, have high blood pressure, and those working in a hot environment. Symptoms Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: Heavy sweating Extreme weakness or fatigue Dizziness, confusion Nausea Clammy, moist skin Pale or flushed complexion Muscle cramps Slightly elevated body temperature Fast and shallow breathing First Aid Treat a person suffering from heat exhaustion with the following: Have them rest in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area. Have them drink plenty of water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Have them take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath. If person is still not feeling better CONTACT 911
Heat Syncope: Heat syncope is a fainting (syncope) episode or dizziness that usually occurs with prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position. Factors that may contribute to heat syncope include dehydration and lack of acclimatization. Symptoms Symptoms of heat syncope include: Lightheadedness Dizziness Fainting First Aid Person with heat syncope should: Sit or lie down in a cool place when they begin to feel symptoms. Slowly drink water, clear juice, or a sports beverage. If person is still not feeling better CONTACT 911
Heat Cramps: Heat cramps usually affect a person who sweats a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body's salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. Symptoms Muscle pain or spasms usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs. First Aid Person with heat cramps should: Stop all activity, and sit in a cool place. Drink clear juice or a sports beverage. Do not return to strenuous work for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical attention if any of the following apply: The person has heart problems. The person is on a low-sodium diet. The cramps do not subside within one hour. If person is still not feeling better CONTACT 911
Heat Rash: Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. Symptoms Symptoms of heat rash include: Heat rash looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It is more likely to occur on the neck and upper chest, in the groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases. First Aid Person experiencing heat rash should: Try to work in a cooler, less humid environment when possible. Keep the affected area dry. Dusting powder may be used to increase comfort. If person is still not feeling better CONTACT 911