Our organization has a rich heritage of providing prompt, professional service to the residents of the town of Penfield for more than 50 years.
The Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Service, Inc. was founded in 1966. Prior to our origination, people would need to call for an ambulance from the city of Rochester whenever one was needed in Penfield. After a number of serious calls where it took an ambulance over 30 minutes to arrive on scene, the Penfield Lions Club formed a committee to investigate if a volunteer ambulance service for Penfield was feasible. The committee determined that it was feasible and raised $15,000 to purchase our first ambulance. The Penfield Ambulance responded to 160 calls during our first year in operation.
Initially, we were only able to staff our ambulance on evenings and weekends. Gradually, we were able to add a day at a time until we reached our goal of 24 hours, 7 day service. Soon after, we added a second ambulance. In 1977, we began training Critical Care Technicians and the Lions Club came through again with the purchase of a station wagon to be used as our critical care unit, Medic 6. In 1977, our Critical Care Unit merged with the Southeast Quadrant to cover the towns of Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford and East Rochester. (link to SEQ)
Our first facility was in an old nursery on Whalen Road. We built our first base on Jackson Road in 1967 and later expanded as the agency grew. In 2002, we demolished that structure and erected a new building that houses our current operation.
We maintain a fleet of 3 ambulances and house one of the SEQ vehicles in our quarters.