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New ‘Fly Car’ Will Speed Rescues

The Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Winthrop-University Hospital announced a partnership last week, revealing the hospital will provide one paramedic and a rapid response vehicle, called a fly car, to the corps. Officials say it will assist in decreasing response time on emergency calls.

 

“[The fly car] has all the equipment you need and all the medications you need,” said MVAC Commissioner Tom DeVaney. “I think it’s a tremendous plus for Mineola residents.”

 

The Winthrop paramedic will be operating out of MVAC headquarters at 170 Elm Place.

 

“As the call comes over and the pagers go off, if the paramedic is in his fly car or driving around, the ambulance will be right behind it,” DeVaney said. 

 

Village officials were on board with the partnership.

 

“You have an increased level of caring to residents and a decreased response time,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “It’ll help the ambulance corps and Mineola.”

 

The fly car had responded to 15 calls since Aug. 1 as of press time. DeVaney, a 20-year East Williston firefighter, said MVAC’s emergency calls are split between “direct calls” and 911 calls, indicating

MVAC is the secondary call-route option to the Nassau County Police Department. The ambulance corps responded to 1,000 calls in 2013.

 

“If you call 911, we’re the third option,” he said. “Right now, the calls are split.”

 

DeVaney said Winthrop considers MVAC, “an extension of the hospital.”

 

Winthrop held meetings with MVAC as early as December 2013, discussing plans. The two also huddled with the Nassau County Regional Ambulance Council and Mineola village trustees before announcing its proposal.

 

According to Justin Burke of Winthrop’s External Affairs Department, MVAC members can also utilize training facilities at the hospital, including seminars and a simulation center dedicated to clinical training and education for physicians, nurses, residents, medical students, health professionals and first responders.

 

“We wanted to partner with MVAC,” he said. “We just want to continue the standard of care that MVAC has done for many years as well and continue to be a good neighbor to the community.”

 

DeVaney said New York State mandates, specifically emergency medical training certifications, have become cost prohibitive, leading MVAC to seek out other avenues of medical function.

 

“The state put on a lot of mandates in training,” he said. “An EMT class is 120 hours. A paramedics class is more than 2,000 hours. You’re basically [spending the same amount of time as] getting an associates degree,” DeVaney stated. “And they need to be recertified every three years.”

 

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News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


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Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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