New mini-ambulance will respond to rail trail calls

October 04, 2019 02:41 PM

DELMAR – A new mini-ambulance will be deployed along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail that runs along the old Delaware and Hudson train tracks.

Back in July, the Albany County Legislature passed a budget amendment for $77,754 for a full-equipped ATV-like mini-ambulance to be housed in the Delmar-Bethlehem EMS building on Adams Street and able to be used along the nine-mile trail.


"It can go to the hospital, it is road legal, but we would then take it and transfer them to a regular ambulance at an intersection," said David Scoons, president of the Delmar-Bethlehem EMS Board.

The trail is used round the clock by walkers, joggers and bicyclists and if there is a medical call, the mini can respond quicker than EMTs dropped off at a cross road.

"They need to have the equipment to be able to help us when we are in positions of need," said Bethlehem Supervisor David Van Luven. "These are tools that we hope we never have to use."

The vehicle should be ready to go by December.


WNYT Staff

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