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Jul 7, 2010 12:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance plans to build storage facility on Ponquogue Avenue

Jul 7, 2010 12:54 PM

The Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance is planning to construct an approximately 2,500-square-foot garage behind its headquarters on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays by the end of the summer.

The garage will be used to store four to five of the company’s 10 vehicles, and other miscellaneous equipment, said Carl Schottenhamel, a member of the ambulance company’s board of directors. He said that it will cost approximately $100,000 to build the facility, which will most likely be in use by the fall.

The ambulance company is currently seeking approval for the project from the Southampton Town Planning Board. Mr. Schottenhamel said that, if approved by the town, the project will most likely be paid for with a low-interest loan. He added that district taxpayers will not get to vote on the project.

There will be no bathrooms or sleeping facilities in the proposed garage, but it will be heated, Mr. Schottenhamel said. He explained that some of the ambulance equipment requires climate control.

The garage will be located behind the ambulance’s current headquarters.

Mr. Schottenhamel said that because call volume for the volunteer ambulance company has steadily increased over the past several years, the 
amount of equipment that needs to be stored has also 
increased, making the garage a necessity.

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are you kidding me?? did anyone see the size of the building they built a few years ago?? and now they're going to spend 100k of taxpayer money for another building?? and how much are the new vehicle to fill it going to cost us? hey these guys do a great job- but come on, a little oversight is needed/
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 15, 10 10:27 PM
The entire board should resign effective immediately. The main purpose of the board is to ensure the residents that an ambulance will get to their emergency in a timely fashion. THEY HAVE FAILED TO PERFORM THAT DUTY. If we kept track, HBEMS would undoubtedly have the WORST response time in Suffolk and Nassau County's. Time for the town to step in and clean up shop. I'm tired of hearing our Flanders-Northampton volunteers and paid personnel responding to calls in HB. 10 vehicles and you can't ...more
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Jul 16, 10 6:16 PM
44 messages get a life - i am a vol in Flanders and it has been rare that we go to HB on a first call - they tend to have 2 and 3 calls a time thats when they need help
By fetupwithSHT (16), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 10 7:49 PM
I guess you haven't been around long enough and the fact that you live in HB and volunteer in Flanders speaks volumes. The only reason they get out lately is the fact that they have a couple of retirees around the day to drive and a paid medic. 2-3 calls at once has stretched the service beyond its capacity.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Jul 28, 10 5:26 PM
you people are pathetic, i read these boards on a reg basis and all you do is complain, why not spend the hours you spend ranting and raving volunteering with the ambulance. if you look at records you will find that the Hampton Bays Ambulance has way below the average response time in Suffolk and if you note that i believe it is 9 minutes for hampton Bays - NYC with a paid service is 12 minutes. I am a volunteer elsewhere but work with them often and i believe they already have the vehicles which ...more
By fetupwithSHT (16), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 10 7:47 PM
the fact is the ambulance corps and fire depts collect taxes and spend that money without any oversight from the towns they collect the money from. we all appreciate what these people do, however out tax money is being spent freely- witness the new Hampton Bays fire "palace" (over 3 million) built a half mile from the existing house, and a $500,000 fire boat in North Sea- five times what should have been spent for that district. we have been "putting up" a lot of cash- and we will not shut ...more
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 28, 10 7:19 AM
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I always love the NYC comparison. You cannot compare an agency that does 4,000 calls a DAY to a volly outfit that does 1500 calls a YEAR and can't get an ambulance out for 1 call. (response time for NYC is 4min by the way)

The going rate for a BLS ride from a paid agency in the metro area is 350.00+mileage and meds used. ALS ride starts at 650+meds, all of which is covered by your health or auto insurance provider. Time to get some professional rescuers in place and paid coverage ...more
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Jul 28, 10 5:24 PM
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hey fed up did you happen to listen to your little police scanner this week, just yesterday hampton bays ambulance responded to flanders and east quogue to help them out plus i lost count at 9 calls on saturday i heard Hampton Bays ambulance respond to. Your prices are off on ems "rides" also. In reference to your inference about me living in Hb and riding with flanders, i moved to HB 7 months ago and plan on joining HB also. If you are so concerned get off the computer and go down to the building ...more
By fetupwithSHT (16), Hampton Bays on Aug 1, 10 10:39 PM
question-- how would you feel about volunteer police??
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 4, 10 9:50 PM
wow you are ignorant - there are volunteer police - its called the auxillary police which the suffolk county, nassau county, and NYPD also have. Hey Capatin guess what our military is volunteer also lol. Have you ever dealt with a paid NYC emt they go thru the exact training and exact same test the volunteers due, but the NYC EMTs are rude, lazy, and pretty much incompetant specially the ones that work for FDNY as they have the UNION attitude
By fetupwithSHT (16), Hampton Bays on Aug 8, 10 10:00 PM