2005-08-25 / Community


The Lighthouse Corporation Wednesday unveiled a shiny white Crusader ambulance – so new that the custom paintjob hasn’t been done yet – in front of the FDNY’s former firehouse on Beach 59 Street. The $60,000 ambulance was purchased from Custom Rescue Vehicles, a distributor for Wheeled Coach, with funds allocated by City Councilman James Sanders Jr. Pastor Donald Ventura, Lighthouse Chief of Operations, said that the ambulance was sorely needed in the effort to provide emergency services peninsula-wide. “We are the backup to the fire department,” Ventura said. “When we’re not running they have to call in ambulances from Jamaica Hospital, Long Island Jewish and North Shore.” The Rock Volunteer Ambulance, a division of Lighthouse, previously had only two other vehicles with a combined age of 30 years, he said. Ventura and Sanders are also pursuing use of the old FDNY firehouse as Lighthouse’s base of operations. The firehouse suffered extensive damage in a recent fire. Photo: Lighthouse Volunteers gather around their new ambulance.

Councilman James Sanders Jr. slid in behind the wheel of the new ambulance and later joked, “It looks so good I feel like getting sick!”Councilman James Sanders Jr. slid in behind the wheel of the new ambulance and later joked, “It looks so good I feel like getting sick!”

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