What We Do

The Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SBVAC) is a New York State Certified Ambulance Corporation that primarily serves the SUNY Stony Brook University campus in Long Island. Since its founding in 1970 by a small group of university students, SBVAC has grown into a collegiate EMS agency that provides one of the highest standards of emergency response care in New York State. Employing the services of 70~90 dedicated volunteers, 3 operational ambulances and 1 ALS responder SBVAC also provides mutual aid to neighboring Fire and EMS services. SBVAC is certified by Suffolk County to perform emergency response care up to an ALS level (Advanced Life Support covers interventions such as the administration of medications through IVs and endotracheal intubation by EMTs trained to the Critical Care and Paramedic level).

Members of SBVAC are predominantly EMTs trained to a Basic Life Support level (NYS EMT-B), with a significant number also holding certification of EMT-CC (Critical Care) and EMT-P (Paramedic). With very few exceptions, all non-probationary members of SBVAC are expected to hold current EMT certifications. At any given time all members are certified in AHA Professional Rescuer CPR. Membership of SBVAC consists of primarily students attending SUNY Stony Brook, but membership is not limited to students. Faculty and alumni of SUNY

Stony Brook and other well-intentioned members of the Suffolk County community have all made up the membership of this agency.

In its dedication to excellent EMS care, SBVAC has developed many programs that ensure that the entire spectrum of its membership (from probationary member to crew chief) are well trained and continue to learn new aspects of EMS. From the rigorous semester-long Probie Class for new members to the weekly Crew Chief training, the agency’s EMS education curriculum is the cumulative product of all the training officers and chiefs that have served SBVAC in its 35 year history.

SBVAC’s involvement with the Stony Brook community goes beyond being its primary 911 EMS provider. The agency has an community outreach program that offers CPR classes, Teddy Bear Clinics for daycare centers, and Alcohol and Drug Awareness presentations. If you wish to know more about these programs, please click here.

The Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as a registered organization at Stony Brook University is committed to promoting a safe and vibrant campus community.  In receiving annual recognition through the Department of Student Activities, no individual or group affiliated with the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps will take any action or create a situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with this organization.   The leaders and members of the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps also agree to abide by all aspects of the Stony Brook University Student Conduct Code, university policies and Federal, New York State and Local laws.