WAYLAND — The community gathered at Victory Park to celebrate the first ever Springwater Wayland EMS Family Fun Day.
On Aug. 18 the agency also unveiled their new ambulance, and had a christening ceremony to bring good luck.
Springwater Wayland EMS Chief Fred Grambs walked Genesee Country Express through the 2013 truck, and all the benefits it will bring to the community.
“This is going to make a big difference in the community,” he said. “It is designed to be much easier, and has four-wheel-drive so we can get to those bad roads.”
Grambs said that the design allows an easy lift option, so that the truck moves up and down to get the patient in safely.
“There are buttons on the stretcher to move it, and this will save our backs,” he said. “This is a big improvement from our old truck. The old ambulance is 22 years old.”
In the past they have had to call for help with the fire department, since the roads were too bad. Now they will be able to get pretty much anywhere with the 2013 model. There are several highlights to the new model, other than the lift option. Some include a car seat built in for children, more lights, easier access to equipment, great radio system, and inside and outside access to compartments, spotlight on the vehicle to find homes, lights all around the truck, and several portable oxygen tanks.
“We will be able to provide an overall better service,” Gramb said. “We had to wait to get the approval from New York State Department of Health. Now that we have those stickers we will be able to use the new truck. We should be up and running by next week.”
The volunteers who have had training and are certified to drive the new truck will be able to do so. There are a few that are working on taking their EMT license as well.
“Our goal is to make sure everyone is safe,” Grambs said. “The State alerts us to who is a safe driver, and who isn’t a safe driver.”
The next big goal for the Springwater Wayland EMS is to get their own building. Right now they are sharing with the fire department. A building for this type of agency is pricey; somewhere around $120,000. Since they are a non-profit agency this will take a lot of donations. Last year they went on 408 calls, 54 of them were out of area. They are always looking for new members, and they can come from any area.
Springwater Wayland EMS Member Mr. Eric Williams II coordinated the Family Fun Day as a way to bring something back to the community.
“There is nothing going on in the community,” he said. “I wanted to bring something fun back to Wayland. This is mostly for kids. The kids need so much support, so they stop doing things they shouldn’t do.”
“At the end of the day this is all about improving the community,” Williams continued. “We are all about helping people, even if they can’t afford it.”
The agency paid for the event out of pocket, and it was a very successful day for them.
“We are looking into expanding it next year,” Williams said. “We want to get more community vendors. We want a classic car show too.”
Williams’ goal was to bring back to magic of a family fun event to a community that needs it the most.
“My dream to have this be like it was in the 90s. When I was a kid it was awesome. We had this entire park full of rides, games, and vendors,” Williams said. “I want to bring back the excitement I got from the 90s festivals.”
Williams said that money had been raised at the event for two families dealing with cancer.
“The part about this that means the most to me is that we are helping people battling cancer,” he said. “As a community when you come together anything is possible. This community needs to be a family.”
Bobbie Strong and Gavin Strong were on the backs of the event T-shirts.
Nick Lincoln, Wayland Lighthouse Wesleyan Church member, was asked to come, and offer a prayer over the new ambulance.
Lincoln said his prayer would be whatever the Holy Spirit put on his heart to say, and it would focus on the hearts of everyone who enter that ambulance.
“Heavenly Father thank you so much for this beautiful blessing that the Springwater Wayland EMS has put on for us. It is just awesome to be a part of blessing this new vehicle that they received. I just pray for your blessing over this vehicle,” he said. “That every single heart and soul that enters into this vehicle; I just pray that you grant your blessing on them. Every member of the Springwater Wayland EMS who steps on this thing let this be a symbol to them of all they do for this community. Half the time they don’t know what they are going to be up against. They don’t know the whole situation. I just pray you bring them comfort and wisdom.”