Bed-Stuy volunteer EMT facility shut down

The state Department of Health closed the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps training academy Monday before the facility even opened.The ambulance corps was founded in 1988

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - The state Department of Health closed the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps training academy Monday before the facility even opened.

The ambulance corps was founded in 1988 and after years of operating out of temporary trailers, a new facility was built six months ago. According to the founder of the corps, James "Rocky" Robinson, they have saved countless lives and trained thousands of EMT volunteers.

The health department would not specify which regulations the facility fails to meet. Hopeful volunteers must now travel to Cobble Hill to complete their training.

The directors of the Bed-Stuy corps say they are confident the issue will be resolved. Robinson says there is currently a waiting list of more than 200 people who want to take EMT training courses at the academy.

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