Shelton ambulance corps again named #1 in CT

Echo Hose Ambulance Corps earned the state of Connecticut EMS Agency of the Year, for a combination department with volunteers and paid staff, for the second time in the past three years. Echo Hose received the award at a ceremony at Foxwoods Casino on Oct. 27.

Echo Hose Ambulance Corps earned the state of Connecticut EMS Agency of the Year, for a combination department with volunteers and paid staff, for the second time in the past three years. Echo Hose received the award at a ceremony at Foxwoods Casino on Oct. 27.

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SHELTON - Echo Hose Ambulance Corps once again stands as the best in the state.

The organization earned the state of Connecticut EMS Agency of the Year, for a combination department with volunteers and paid staff, for the second time in the past three years. Echo Hose received the award at a ceremony at Foxwoods Casino on Oct. 27.

“It was truly an honor to see our organization recognized for our efforts,” Echo Hose Ambulance Chief Michael Chaffee said. “We are very thankful to all our partners and friends that work with us every day and to the Council of Regional Presidents for this award.”

Echo Hose Ambulance Corps not only continued to respond to hundreds of calls during the pandemic but also provided EMT training to more than 200 individuals over the past year — made easier with use of the Echo Hose Training Center on Coram Avenue.

Assistant Chief Joe Laucella praised the efforts of the 130 team members, 70 of which are volunteers, with the remainder full and part time staffers, including EMTs, paramedics and instructors.

“We are very fortunate to have the members we have on this team. They work very hard, offering the best care possible,” Laucella said.

Chaffee described the staff as “amazing” and hard-working.

“All of our EMT’s, paramedics, officers, crew chiefs and board members share in this honor,” he said. “They are the ones who make our service great and I can’t say enough about all of them.”

Chaffee said the organization continually strives to improve and give back to the community.

“Whether it is our operational layout and deployment, the community events we attend and support, important efforts like supporting vaccine clinics and the training we offer to responders and those in our community that need it, we continue to focus on being there in every way we can,” Chaffee said. “There are many layers to what we do every day but at the core is patient care, and everything revolves around this.”

Echo Hose Ambulance is on pace to respond to more than 6,000 calls this year. That would be a record one-year total. The crews have responded to more than 1,000 — including a one-month record of 554 in October — over the past two months alone.

“We are busier than we have ever been,” Laucella said, adding that calls slowed during the height of the pandemic last year but began to pick up this past April as the state began to fully reopen.

Laucella said Echo Hose Ambulance stands apart thanks to the dozens of educational programs held each month at the training center.

Among the classes offered are emergency medical technician training; first aid and CPR ; daycare provider CPR; pre-hospital trauma life support; NARCAN administration; the Stop the Bleed bleeding control program; and, as of Jan. 11, 2022, a new paramedic program.

Echo Hose also collaborates with the Naugatuck Valley Health District — most recently to offer COVID-19 vaccines to Shelton school staffers — and BH Cares, while also working with local organizations, such as TEAM for its Toys4Kids annual holiday toy drive.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com