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Schumer & Molinaro Deliver $1 Million Grant

Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Marc Molinaro have announced a bipartisan congressional grant award totaling nearly $1 million for MAVAC that will support the construction of a new EMS ambulance station in the Village of Marathon. The new MAVAC ambulance station will feature much-needed sleeping quarters for our overnight EMS staff, truck bays for each of our current three ambulance vehicles with room for adding an additional ambulance in the future, and a multipurpose classroom large enough to host EMS training courses for our MAVAC members as well as EMS providers from throughout the region. The new ambulance station will be centrally located within the Village of Marathon at 15 Broome Street with easy access to both Interstate 81 and Route 11. The new facility will be located above the existing FEMA floodplain making it a critical emergency operations center for the community in the event of flooding from the Tioughnioga River. MAVAC EMS Chief John Tillotson notes, "the significant, bipartisan funding for this vital emergency services construction project, championed by Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Marc Molinaro, will ensure that MAVAC has the resources necessary to continue providing the residents of this rural region with the highest quality emergency medical care possible. We offer our sincere appreciation to both of these dedicated public servants for their steadfast support of the people and communities they faithfully serve." MAVAC has raised nearly $168,000 to date through its ongoing community fundraising campaign and other grants.

The new ambulance station will feature:

  • Bays for all three of our MAVAC EMS vehicles with room for future expansion and anticipated growth 

  • Separate, safe, and comfortable sleeping quarters for our overnight EMS staff members with bathroom and shower facilities

  • Proper storage space for medical equipment and supplies, as well as secured storage for our controlled substances used on the ambulances

  • Ideal location for the new station that is centralized within our EMS coverage area, allows for easy access to Interstate 81 which is the main traffic artery to our various hospital destinations and is located well above the FEMA-designated flood zone

  • A classroom large enough to host local and regional EMS training courses, as well as host community functions

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Our three MAVAC EMS vehicles are currently sandwiched into truck bays that were designed for only two vehicles. This often requires moving equipment prior to being able to respond with the ALS fly-car in some cases.

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A draft drawing of a new ambulance station building that features two double-depth ambulance bays, bunkrooms for overnight staff, modern bathroom/shower facilities, a training classroom, full kitchen/day room, and plenty of storage for EMS supplies.

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In June 2021, the Board of Directors voted to purchase a parcel of land located at 15 Broome Street in the Village of Marathon as the future home of a new ambulance station for MAVAC. We are actively engaged in fundraising and welcome your donations!

"Excellence in Emergency Medical Services"

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