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NOCA aims to raise $350,000 toward capital campaign


PULASKI — Northern Oswego County Ambulance needs help closing out its $750,000 “Golden Hour” capital campaign.

The renovation of the 39-year-old building is about 80 percent complete, but the volunteer ambulance service is looking to raise the remaining $350,000 to pay off the project. NOCA has already sought contributions from businesses, community members and foundations.

“We are grateful for the support we have received to date, and we ask that you give your most generous donation,” Vice President David E. Allen wrote in a campaign letter.

He said improvements were necessary because the building was outdated and could not accommodate all four ambulances in a three-bay garage, offer meeting space or provide more room for people to rest during their shifts.

Based on the group’s 400-square-mile coverage area of northern Oswego County’s rural towns, Mr. Allen said it takes at least an hour to get to any surrounding hospital because emergency personnel first need to stabilize patients. Mr. Allen said that hour is referred to as the golden hour, where medical care within the first hour is deemed critical to patient improvement.

“We’re in a very rural area, similar to South Jeff, our neighbor to the north,” Mr. Allen said. “We have a patient for about an hour before they’re turned over to an emergency room.”

About 140,000 miles are put on the agency’s four vehicles per year, but Mr. Allen said more wear and tear happened to ambulances as they were stored outside on a rotating schedule. Renovations allowed for the construction of a three- double-bay garage, to accommodate six ambulances in the future, should the organization need to grow.

Other renovations include the addition of three bedrooms, for a total of five, to accommodate up to 10 people. A remodeled kitchen, lounge area, training room and meeting space were also completed.

“One of the reasons we made it larger is we’d like to participate in an apprentice program,” Mr. Allen said. “We had no place before for students.”

Educating more people about the emergency care fields will help NOCA immensely, he said, as the agency responded to 2,097 calls in 2012 alone.

People who would like to contribute to the campaign may make a check payable to NOCA and send it to NOCA, c/o Jonathan Baron, president, 21 Delano St., Pulaski, N.Y. 13142.

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