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A Proud History, 1939 - Present

1940s accident drillMost of Rockland was still rural in 1939 when a group of young men gathered and formed the Rockland Emergency Ambulance Corps. In October of 1939, the organization changed its name to Nyack Community Ambulance Corps.

Our first Ambulance was a used 1925 Franklin, purchased for fifty dollars. Our service area encompassed Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Tappan, Sparkill, Palisades, Grandview, Nanuet, Camp Shanks, The Nyacks, Valley Cottage-Congers, Rockland Lake and West Nyack. In those years, the corps handled an average 21 calls and 560 miles traveled each month.

In 1941, Violet Doerzaph became the first women member of NCAC, and the first female ambulance worker in New York State. As the population of the service area increased a new ambulance was needed.

In 1948 a brand new Cadillac ambulance was delivered at a cost of $6,637.23. But the corps still did not have a 1940s ambulanceshome. In 1947 the corps purchased a parcel of land for $750.00. Plans were drawn up, a mortgage for $10,000 was obtained and the first meeting in the new building on Sixth and Midland was held on July 14,1949.

That year, the corps responded to over 600 calls and traveled over 12,000 miles. Since that time there have been three building renovations to accommodate the growing membership and fleet of emergency vehicles. In the years since 1949, new ambulance corps were formed in Rockland County, and Nyack's service area was reduced.

1940s volunteersToday, the Nyack Community Ambulance Corps responds to over 1600 calls to duty each year. We now have three ambulances, one SUV fly car, two electric cars and two mountain bikes, each of them carrying the equipment needed to provide emergency care to our patients. NCAC has responded heroically to large-scale emergencies such as the school bus and train accident in Valley Cottage, the Brinks robbery in Nyack, the Tallman Towers fire and the Nyack Water taxi accident.

Just as we did sixty years ago, we stand ready, day and night, to protect the health and life of our community, and remain committed to the highest standard of excellence in the care we provide to our families, friends and neighbors. To be part of this proud history, join us.

251 North Midland Avenue Nyack, New York 10960 (845) 358-4824