Office of Borough President James P. Molinaro
Staten Island, New York
B.P. Molinaro and Fire Commissioner Scoppetta unveil FDNY EMS Major Emergency Response Vehicle
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Borough President James P. Molinaro and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today unveiled a newly-purchased Major Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV) for the FDNY at a press conference outside Borough Hall.
Borough President Molinaro allocated $518,000 from his FY06 capital budget to the FDNY for the state-of-the-art vehicle, which will help the Department continue to provide the most advanced pre-hospital medical care anywhere in the world. It will be used by FDNY Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Division 5 when responding to large-scale medical emergencies on Staten Island.
“I am pleased to give the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service the support and equipment they need and deserve,” said Molinaro. “This state-of-the-art vehicle will provide important emergency services to the City’s fastest-growing Borough. The Fire Department is sensitive to meeting the emergency needs of our growing population, and the addition of this vehicle to the Department’s fleet will mean better emergency services and response to Staten Island. This vehicle will have a direct impact on the people it serves by protecting and saving lives.”
Commissioner Scoppetta said, “Our emergency medical technicians and paramedics are the most highly trained in the world, and this new vehicle will help them continue to deliver the best pre-hospital medical care at any major emergency. I want to thank Borough President Molinaro for his commitment to the members of the New York City Fire Department and the safety and health of all New Yorkers.”
The MERV, which is similar to a mobile emergency room, provides space, equipment and utilities for advanced life-support treatment of sick and injured individuals and has room for three stretcher patients or 15 ambulatory patients. It will allow EMS members, including EMS response physicians, to treat many life-threatening ailments in a method similar to what patients would receive in a hospital emergency room.
October 29, 2007