CPR / First Aid Training

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Family Services

Referral Program

Look no further. Help is on the way.

Our students/volunteers are fully trained in life-saving CPR/First Aid and many have special skills and experience. They are available at reasonable rates to help with all your family services needs, including:

Home care assistance for ill or elderly (not CNA certified) Babysitting / Errands / Transportation (non-emergency) Light moving / Translating (Spanish and Creole) / Painting Yard cleaning / Carpentry / Detailed car washing (bring your car in the AM, pick it up in the afternoon)

Call us today. We will refer you to the help you need.

Reasonable rates. Trained help for your family needs.

Call 917-567-9634

Dr. James M. Robinson

BSVAC is very proud and honored to announce that Commander James Robinson is now a Doctor.

On August 6, 2011, the International Theological Seminary of California awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree to BSVAC's Commander James Robinson in recognition of his selfless devotion to helping mankind through BSVAC. The Seminary specifically cited Commander Robinson's work in responding to disasters worldwide, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Queens air disaster and the first World Trade Center bombing. Congratulations on this great achievement and honor!


BSVAC Goes to Haiti --

Rescue Operation Update

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Since January 16th, Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) has deployed over 85 medical professionals to Haiti to help save lives following the devastating earthquake.  BSVAC personnel were the first medical volunteers to arrive from outside Haiti.  It was BSVAC volunteers who secured authorization from Mr. Alix Lassegne, Haiti’s Minister of Health, to re-open the General Hospital in Port au Prince.  Within hours, BSVAC had cleaned the hospital, set up triage and begun saving lives.  While many organizations have already pulled out of Haiti since the search and rescue effort has ended, BSVAC continues to maintain its life-saving presence. BSVAC is fully committed to setting up a permanent presence in Port au Prince to train Haitians in life-saving medical skills so that they can come to their own aid – just as BSVAC has helped its community respond to its own emergency medical needs for the past 22 years.

In April, BSVAC Commander Robinson and VP Tamsin Wolf traveled to Haiti and met with government officials and community leaders to explore setting up an EMS system in Haiti. The need for an EMS system in Haiti is dire. BSVAC has now completed its proposal, which is currently under review in Haiti. This is a complex and lenghty process and we hope the necessary approvals will be forthcoming. Please pray for our success with this critical initiative.


BSVAC Featured on FOX News

Fox News Story on BSVAC! Sean Hannity at FOX News reported on the heroic work being performed in Bed-Stuy daily by the "true American heroes" from "the historic" Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In must see footage FOX News followed the "vollies" to record riveting emergency footage and interviews with NYC EMTs, youth trainees, and BSVAC founder and chief Rocky Robinson. 

Sean Hannity and Fox News Report on Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps.FOX News also showed the daily grind of bake sales, coin collecting and other fundraising that neighborhood volunteers do to help BSVAC survive. the entire Bed-Stuy community -- from the medical heroics to the behind-the-scenes fundraising work that makes it happen (short ad while video downloads). The segment aired July 27, 2008.


After Sean Hannity shared our story on FOX News (see above), viewers from all across America have been responding with prayers, encouragement and support. Each and every one of you is helping us to make a difference. THANK YOU from all of us at BSVAC.  Please continue to support us so we can save and change even more lives!

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ADVISORY: BSVAC has no affiliation with the Banshee Association or LAHAF (Lend a Hand and a Foot) and BSVAC is not involved in any way with any Haiti Redeplyment initiative proposed by the Banshee Association.

This is the only official website for Bedford -Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

BSVAC ambulance

Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC), the nation’s first minority-run volunteer ambulance corps, was founded in 1988 by two EMS workers, Captain James "Rocky" Robinson and Specialist Joe Perez.  BSVAC has greatly improved emergency care in the Bed-Stuy community and trained countless youngsters and adults in life-saving skills. Read more.

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Jamel "Lucky" & father, Rocky "The Chief" RobinsonJamel "Lucky" & dad, Rocky "The Chief"
("shoutout to Northfield, VT!")

Dimitri visited us all the way from Vermont! Dimitri (fellow EMT) visiting from Vermont

Members Roll Call

Volunteers with new ambulanceVolunteers in front of ambulance

Youth Standing with Ambulance
Yitzi Wolf, a dedicated young supporter