WESTFIELD - Alstar EMS, Chautauqua County's private ambulance company, recently opened up a sub-station at 202 N. Portage St.
"The new sub-station cuts the response time to Westfield Memorial Hospital in half," stated Executive Director David Thomas. "It also allows us to better serve the northwest portion of Chautauqua County with easy access to Interstate 90, Route 20 and Route 5."
The local volunteer fire departments will continue to be the first ambulance team to be called out for 911 type calls and will be assisted by Alstar EMS if requested.
From left: Dave Kleparek, Chautauqua County Chamber; David Thomas, Alstar EMS; Dan Tirone, Westfield Development Corp.; Julie Travis, Westfield-Barcelona Chamber; Martha Bills, Westfield Town supervisor; Gregg Trisket, Alstar EMS; Patty Ballman, administrator Westfield Memorial Hospital; Aaron Resnick, Westfield Development Corp.; Robert Cochran, Westfield Village deputy mayor; and Karen Williams, Alstar EMS.
"Westfield is very fortunate to have such a skilled and committed group of volunteer emergency responders," said Westfield Memorial Hospital Administrator Patty Ballman. "The new Alstar sub-station will complement the existing services and improve the emergency care within the community. Westfield Memorial Hospital is looking forward to working closely with the local Alstar team."
Transporting patients from Westfield Memorial Hospital to urban hospitals will be the main focus for Alstar EMS.
"The partnership between our local departments and Alstar EMS is absolutely crucial for residents, and the new sub-station will strengthen this important partnership while also improving services," said New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R, C, I-Chautauqua).
Before the Westfield sub-station opened in early December, crews were dispatched from Dunkirk or Jamestown. Typically an ambulance returning from Erie, Pa., would drive to the Dunkirk station only to be called out to Westfield Hospital for another trip to Erie.
Operations Manager, Gregg Trisket explains, "The Westfield sub-station allows us to be more efficient with crew time and cut down on ambulance vehicle expenses."
The community has expressed appreciation for the improved appearance and the benefits a new business in town provides to the community.
New York State Senator Catharine Young congratulated Alstar EMS on the opening of the new sub-station.
"It is a highly welcomed addition to the community. Minimizing ambulance travel time is critical to ensuring residents are able to receive care as quickly as possible, which is why this new sub-station is so important. I look forward to continuing to work with Alstar EMS in making sure emergency medical services and quality health care are readily available in our communities," she said.
Alstar EMS is a locally based business that employs 140 people. For the last 30 years it has provided emergency medical services to area healthcare facilities and the volunteer ambulance squads. Alstar also offers EMS related education like CPR, EMT refresher training and Paramedic certification through its Training Center in Jamestown.