Open house gives inside look at ambulance corps

JOHNSTOWN – From accidents to illness, being in the back of an ambulance usually means something has gone wrong.

This was not the case Saturday afternoon, however, as the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps opened up its doors to the public.

During the event, the community was able to see what life is like as an emergency medical services worker at the North Perry Street station, from their sleeping quarters, to their kitchen area, to their specialized ambulances.

Vice President Lorraine Eglin said the open house coincided with National EMS Week, a week that is designed to honor EMS workers.

Lucas Paszkiewicz,president of JAVAC, said the annual event is designed to help the community get a better understanding of what happens inside both the ambulances and the JAVAC building. He said the event helps to connect the community to JAVAC.

“It raises awareness in the community, and they can see what we’re all about,” Paszkiewicz said.

Throughout the day, both Life Net medical helicopter staff and members from the Johnstown Fire Department stopped by to lend a hand for the event.

Eglin said craft vendors were on hand, and Lexington Center helped out by making baked goods to sell. Hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled up and a candy bar sale helped to raise money.

A few event participants even got to take a quick spin inside an ambulance.

Marjorie Tyler of Johnstown brought youngsters Autumn Ryan and Alec Yager to the event to check out what was going on. Tyler said she heard the Life Net helicopter go overhead and decided to stop and check out the event. Samantha Desrochers of JAVAC showed Ryan and Yager around one of the ambulances.

People interested in volunteering with JAVAC can find more information at www.javacnys.org.