1 Rescue Road • Atlantic Beach, NY 11509 • voice 516 371 2348 fax 516 371 1693
Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad is the primary provider of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), rescue and water rescue services for the barrier island community of Atlantic Beach, New York, which is located in southwestern Nassau County. Its headquarters is staffed 24 hours a day, year-round. Despite a relatively small geographic area of two square miles, ABRS fulfills key responsibilities in the region's public safety strategy as part of the Nassau County 911/Emergency Medical system. ABRS' jurisdiction includes 22 miles of coastline, including the heavily navigated Reynolds Channel. Located less than five miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport, ABRS is one of the closest and quickest responders in the event of an aircraft incident south of the Rockaway Pennisula. ABRS provides EMS, Marine Rescue, Technical Rescue and Marine Fire Suppression for the community and provides mutual aid to Long Beach, Island Park, Freeport, Lido Beach, Point Look Out, Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Merrick, Woodmere and Oceanside Fire Departments. In addition to land based medical response, ABRS is one of the few agencies in its battalion with a boat in the water throughout the year, and is able to provide ALS response and transport via water in the event of maritime accidents or waterborne medical emergencies, including patient transport by water directly to Long Beach Medical Center. Atlantic Beach Rescue maintains the Barrier Island Emergency Operations Center and has full interoperability with surrounding first responder agencies. Although Atlantic Beach has a wintertime population of only 3,300, ABRS also provides emergency services to the 15,000-20,000 daily visitors the island receives in the summer months. Adding to its responsibilities, ABRS' response area includes the Nautilus Assisted Living Home, a 300-bed facility for elderly adults. The response area also includes the Atlantic Beach Bridge, a major thoroughfare for residents and visitors traveling to or from the island. In 2005, Atlantic Beach Rescue responded to 242 alarms (169 EMS, three structure fires, three vehicle fires, 14 rescues, four hazardous materials incidents, and 49 unfounded or false alarms.
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