About Us

 

     Since it's founding in 1973, Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc. has proudly been serving the University at Albany community, as well as the surrounding areas of Albany and Guilderland. Five Quad V.A.S. is a New York State certified ambulance agency that is run and operated by University at Albany students. Five Quad is successfully able to provide Basic Life Support 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters. Each semester, Five Quad has between 50-90 active members (including actively participating alumni), 20-30 members-in-training, and two functional ambulances. Our active membership is composed of CPR certified attendants, New York State Emergency Medical Technicians, Drivers, and Crew Chiefs.

     Attendants are members who are CPR/AED/First Aid certified and have completed Five Quad's specific agency training. Our EMTs are New York State certified at the Basic level, and have completed the attendant training. Five Quad's drivers are NYS EMT-Bs, who have completed attendant training, are CEVO II certified or have completed a defensive driving course, and have also undergone extensive ambulance handling and route training. Crew Chiefs are experienced NYS EMT-Bs, who have finished attendant training, and have successfully run a number of emergency calls evaluated by a current Crew Chief. Our minimum crew consists of a Driver and a Crew Chief, but usually has one to two attendants/EMT-Bs.

Hours of Business:

     Five Quad is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the regular academic school year. Aside from normal operation, Five Quad is able to provide stand-by crew(s) to any special event that may be occurring on campus. These events include, but are not limited to:

  • New York Giants summer training camp

  • NYS Special Olympics

  • Fountain Day

  • Concerts

  • Athletic Events

  • Graduation

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