Rescue Squad

 

 

 

          With the advent of the 1960’s, a new awareness of the importance of advanced emergency care was sweeping the nation.  Babylon Village had an ambulance service run by various organizations for many years, but it was little more than a transportation service to the local hospitals.  It was determined that a trained Rescue Squad was definitely needed.  The Fire Department with its sophisticated alerting system and abundant manpower was the logical choice to establish and operate such a squad.

          On December 5, 1960, the first organizational meeting was held and Ex-Captain Oliver Davison of the Sumpwams Hose Company was elected the first Squad Leader.  The Squad went into service on September 15, 1961, manning a new Superior Rescue ambulance built on a Cadillac chassis.  In its first full year of operation the Squad responded to 162 calls.  Today, however, the Rescue Squad is by far the busiest unit of the Department responding to approximately 1,700 calls annually.

  • In 1976 a modular Horton ambulance on a Chevrolet chassis was put into service.  

  • In 1984, the Squad put into service a modular Horton 500 ambulance which was fully equipped with the most advanced life support and extrication equipment.  

  • In 1991 a state of the art Blue Star ambulance on a Ford F350 chassis was put into service.

  • In 1996 a modular Horton ambulance on a GMC 3500 chassis was put into service. 

  • In 2002 the Lion's Club donated two EMS bicycles which were put into service as units 1-2-17 and 1-2-18.
  • In 2006 a modular Horton ambulance on a Ford E-350 chassis was put into service.

  • In 2010 the Rescue Squad was honored by the Babylon Rotary Club with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award at its annual Recognition Luncheon for outstanding service to the residents of the Village of Babylon.

  • In June 2010, Babylon's first-ever First Responder Vehicle was placed into service as unit 1-2-80.  The vehicle was a 2002 Dodge Durango which had previously served as a chief's vehicle from 2002 to 2010.  In July 2012, the 2002 Durango was rotated to the Code Enforcement Department and replaced by a 2004 Durango which had also previously served as a chief's vehicle from 2004 to 2012. 

  • In February 2017, a modular Horton ambulance on a 2016 Ford E450 chassis was put into service as well as a 2007 Chevy Tahoe acquired from another agency to replace unit 1-2-80.

  • In May 2019 two new bicycles were put in service as replacements for units 1-2-17 and 1-2-18.
  • in July 2020, a 2012 Chevy Tahoe was put into service as unit 1-2-80 which had previously served as a Chief's vehicle from 2012 to 2020.

          The Rescue Squad is manned around the clock by its membership.  Each member of the Squad is assigned to a specific crew which rotates assignments on an established schedule and is trained in first-aid and CPR.  Many members are Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

          In addition to providing Rescue coverage to the Village and Beach Protection Districts, the Squad also has been involved with several other activities.  It supplies standby coverage for all home High School football games and other events such as the Country Fair, Snapper Derby, Greek Epiphany, and even the NYC Marathon.  Drills are held with the U.S. Coast Guard, Suffolk County Police Department, and neighboring fire departments.

          Over the years the Squad has responded to thousands of calls that have encompassed just about every type of medical emergency.  Many infants have been brought into this world by the caring members of the squad.

          The Rescue Squad is the only unit of the Fire Department that responds to every type of alarm handled by the department.  It has been recognized over the years for the fine service it provides by generous donations by the Babylon Lions Club.

          The Babylon Fire Department Rescue Squad takes great pride in the fine record it has had over the last 40 years and looks forward to providing the best emergency service possible to the community for many years to come.