CHS was created as part of the merger between Chili Volunteer Ambulance Service, Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance, Scottsville Rescue Squad, Caledonia Ambulance, and Greece Volunteer Ambulance. Members of the merged agency include a mix of volunteers and employees from all areas. CHS provides emergency medical services (EMS) to the residents of Henrietta, Chili, Scottsville, Caledonia, Mumford, York, Wheatland, Rush, RIT, Greece and surrounding communities. We respond 24 hours-per-day with our fleet of 20 vehicles and over 100 volunteers and employees. We cover 188 square miles and responded to over 14,000 requests for service in 2022.
A chili cook-off and salsa contest that benefits the WINCHESTER EMS's operational fund will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Winchester EMS Ambulance building, 734 State Route 106, South Winchester.
A nonprofit organization with approximately 18 volunteer members, Winchester EMS runs three ambulances and a rescue truck with extrication tools. Last year, it responded to 317 calls. It handles about two-thirds of Scott County.
Each participant will serve up their best chilis (including some vegetarian versions) for the occasion, and attendees can enjoy unlimited sampling. A variety of toppings will be available to customize chili samples.
The event is a benefit for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Eventgoers can bring a bag of groceries to donate to the food bank and be entered to win a gift basket containing gift cards from businesses participating in the festival, plus some special chili-themed items. Most needed items are: peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, canned meals, cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, canned fruit, canned vegetables, 100% juice, canned protein (tuna, chicken, beans), pasta, macaroni & cheese, brown rice, white rice, tamari, soy sauce, dried beans (black and kidney), adobo seasoning, sazon, masa flour, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bathroom tissue, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes. Low-sodium and low-sugar items are preferred. All items must be in original packaging (unopened, not expired). No glass jars and no pet food will be accepted.
I began my EMS service as an Explorer at the Gates Volunteer Ambulance in 1978. In 1980 (when I was 18 years old), I became a medic for Gates Amb. At that time advanced first aid was all that was needed to be a medic. I also joined the Gates Volunteer Fire Department in 1980. I attained EMT certification in 1983 and rose through the ranks at Gates Ambulance and served for five years as the Chief of Operations. I also rose through the ranks at the Volunteer Fire Department and attained the rank of Battalion Chief. I was working full time in the Safety Department in health care during this time. I also worked part-time at a commercial ambulance service providing 911 emergency service to the City of Rochester, NY. After attaining my paramedic certification, I taught Paramedic classes between 1997 and 2002 at the local Community College and started up a paramedic program at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY. I was hired as the Chief of Ontario County Advanced Life Support in 2004 and served in that position until 2007. I was appointed as the Chief of Henrietta Ambulance in 2007. When Henrietta Ambulance merged with Chili Ambulance and Scottsville Ambulance 2017 and our corporation name was changed to CHS Mobile Integrated Health Care (CHS MIHC), I was named CEO of the newly formed corporation. I continue to serve in that position today.
The Churchville Volunteer Fire Department contracts with Monroe Ambulance to provide ambulance service for its coverage area. For priority 1 and 2 calls the fire department responds with rescue 428 to provide EMS (emergency medical service) until Monroe ambulance arrives to transport.
Support from the public is what keeps our local volunteer fire department alive. Volunteers are hard to find and harder to keep. We need volunteers in many different fashions. We need fire fighters (men or women), EMTs and First Responders to help our community until the ambulance arrives, workers for the raffles and chili fest, mechanics to keep our vehicles maintained, people to keep the building painted and structurally maintained. It takes thousands of man/woman hours to keep our fire department going.
The Gardiner Fire Department and the Gardiner Fire District are all-volunteer organizations dedicated to the health and welfare of Gardiner residents, their families, and their property. Joining and donating helps us fulfill our mission. Join today.
The race will be followed by a chili cookoff party with chili samples, live music, and an awards ceremony inside the Cazenovia College Athletic Center. Friends and family may attend the after-party for $5. Runners attend for free.
The hourly raffle drawing was always a big hit. There was a booth where tickets could be purchased and also volunteers walked around the grounds selling tickets. If you bought tickets, then your tickets were included in all the drawings.
There were many other food choices besides the chili. The individual booths were selling different food to raise money for their particular charity. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fajitas, cold drinks, fresh fruit, chili dogs and many other great looking lunches.
You can see in the above photo that chili tasting is very popular. I managed to get samples but was unable to match the photos of different contestants with their names. I was rushed through too quickly. So I will just list the names, not related to these photos.
Each booth put out little cups of chili. The tasters had a list that they turned in after they finished the chili with their favorite one checked off. A ticket for being a taster cost 80 pesos. It was enough food to fill me up. 2b1af7f3a8