Delmar-Bethlehem EMS

Delmar-Bethlehem EMS is a not-for-profit community- based corporation that works in partnership with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office EMS Unit to provide emergency ambulance service for the communities of Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, North Bethlehem, Selkirk, Slingerlands, and South Bethlehem. 

Delmar-Bethlehem EMS responded to more than 3,300 calls for assistance during 2014. The agency uses a hybrid staffing model to meet the needs of the community. Delmar-Bethlehem EMS is predominantly volunteer from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am every night. Approximately 100 volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Advanced EMTs, paramedics, firefighter drivers, and ambulance drivers use six ambulances to respond to calls for medical assistance. Between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, paid EMTs supplement the volunteers by staffing three Delmar-Bethlehem EMS ambulances.

“We are grateful to our volunteer leadership who were the energy and effort that made this merger possible. These same volunteers put in more than 19,300 scheduled volunteer responder hours during 2013,” said Delmar-Bethlehem EMS Chief Steven Kroll. 

Delmar-Bethlehem EMS is supported by a combination of billing revenue and tax funds provided by the Town of Bethlehem Ambulance District. The total ambulance tax paid by residents to support Delmar-
2012 EMS Agency of the Year
Hudson Mohawk Valley 
Regional EMS Council
Bethlehem EMS has been reduced over several years and will continue to gradually decline over time under this new corporate structure.

Delmar-Bethlehem EMS is an innovator in health care quality and technology. Delmar-Bethlehem EMS was one of the first agencies in the area to implement a paperless electronic medical record for all patients. Delmar-Bethlehem EMS has implemented the LUCAS 2 automated CPR compression system to improve the care of persons suffering cardiac arrest. Delmar-Bethlehem EMS is also an intermediate advanced life support agency, which allows our members to bring more advanced care to our community.