Welcome to East Area Volunteer Emergency Services Inc.
EAVES Ambulance is a volunteer based not for profit emergency medical service providing advanced life support to the community comprised of the East Syracuse Fire District. EAVES was formed in 1973 by a group of citizens concerned over the long periods of time it took to receive ambulance service. Although we have had to hire staff to supplement the decreasing volunteer membership, EAVES still has a total volunteer Board of Directors and over 20 Basic-EMT's and other support members that are volunteer. Our call volume continues to increase as does our costs, in contrast; donations and volunteerism is decreasing.
Our district contains many large businesses such as Bristol Myers-Squibb, Sensis, Anaren, Raymond, UPS, Carrier, and Walmart. We also provide ambulance service to 10 miles of the NYS Thruway, portions of Interstate 481 and 690, the New York Air National Guard Base at Hancock Field, a Naval Reserve Center, and CSX mainline runs right through the village. The district's resident population is estimated at 19,184 currently.
In 2014 EAVES responded to 2,800 emergency calls. We perform 911 service primarily and very limited non-emergency transfers for resident's of our district only.
EAVES does bill for services as a way to fund our organization. We seek alternative funding to make up the difference between what is reimbursed from insurance companies and the cost of providing ambulance service. Donations were for years how we made up that difference, as times are tougher for everyone, donations have all but ceased. In 2010 the Town of DeWitt Board had the insight to help protect our community ambulance service and created an ambulance district to co-exist with the East Syracuse Fire Protection District, excluding the Village of East Syracuse as board members there refused to participate in the ambulance district.
From our incorporation in 1973 until 1995, ALL services EAVES provided were 100% free of charge. It was not until 1995 that the need to bill for services became apparent. Volunteers, particularly those with advanced skills, became fewer in number and costs have dramatically increased.
If you were transported by EAVES Ambulance and would like information on paying your bill, or you are interested in making a tax deductible donation, please contact:
We are able to accept check or credit card payments/donations.
Should ambulance service be paid for through property taxes like fire and police service?