In 1949, a suggestion was made by members of the North End Hose Company, a division of the Eastchester Fire Department to establish a volunteer ambulance service. Three years later a group of committed individuals led by Attorney Harold Blass secured incorporation papers for the Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC). The originally elected officers of the Corps were President Rocco Rescigno, Vice President Adolph Zorzo, Secretary Vincent Logiudice, and Treasurer Jerry M. Nuzzi.
Shortly after incorporation in February 1952, the membership voted to purchase their first Miller Cadillac ambulance. After incorporation, many residents of the community along with the Board of Fire Commissioners, Lawrence Hospital, the Eastchester Town Council, the Eastchester Chamber of Commerce, and many other local organizations supported the establishment of EVAC.
On March 1, 1952, EVAC’s first ambulance was officially placed into service at the North End Fire House, which served as the agency’s headquarters. During EVAC’s first year of operations, members responded to over 90 calls.
In 1966 the Eastchester Fire Department constructed a new addition to accommodate EVAC’s vehicles and members.
As the years progressed and EVAC’s membership roster increased, it became evident that EVAC could no longer operate out of the North End Fire House. In 1984, EVAC began a massive fundraising campaign to support the construction of a new building of our own.
On December 6, 1986, EVAC broke ground on what was to become their new state of the art headquarters.
Four years later, on October 21, 1990, EVAC officially opened its new headquarters for operations.
Shortly after, in May of 1991, EVAC earned the distinction of being a New York State Department of Health Ambulance Service. This distinction affirmed EVAC’s commitment to the rigorous training standards set by the state for certified first responders, emergency medical technicians, and advanced emergency medical technicians, as well as for maintaining the equipment and communication standards necessary to provide the highest quality life support services to our community.
In July of 1995, EVAC implemented its Advanced Life Support (ALS) program, which provided an around the clock staffed Paramedic responsible for responding to all calls and triaging patients to determine the appropriate treatment needed. The program was complemented by a rapid response vehicle known as a “fly-car” (57M1).
Beginning in 1999, the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe which, serves to support broad social services through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects, have committed their financial support to EVAC, which is reserved for the purchase of a new ambulance every three years. Due to the generosity of the Community Fund, the citizens of Eastchester, Bronxville, and Tuckahoe, EVAC has purchased high quality, state of the art ambulances. In addition to the support of the Community Fund, EVAC operations are supported through private donations and revenue recovery efforts.
Another major milestone for EVAC occurred in 2005 when all medical emergencies started to be dispatched by Westchester County’s Department of Emergency Services, known as 60-Control. This allows Westchester County to dispatch EMS services more efficiently according to patient condition. 60-Control also uses Emergency Medical Dispatching, a system where they are able to give pre-arrival instructions to family members or bystanders to further help the patient until first responders arrive.
JUDE VALERIOTI, EMT-P
Jude Valerioti joined EVAC in 1977 and has served as an active member of EVAC for 37 years. Prior to Jude's current position, he has served as Captain (1983-1985), Vice President (1996-2003), and President (2003 to 2013). Jude has excellent knowledge of emergency medical services and management and is currently a certified NYS Paramedic.
VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF OF OPERATIONS (57-11)
NICK LOUROS, EMT-B
Nicholas E. Louros joined EVAC in July of 2005. He became a NYS Certified EMT in June of 2006 and has over 13 years of experience in the Emergency Medical Field. Nicholas has been a resident of Eastchester for over 20 years, graduating from high school in 2006. After high school, he attended Iona College where he majored in Accounting. Prior to holding his current position; Nicholas served as Lieutenant 2009-2013 and Vice President/Deputy Chief of Operations from 2013-2014. In June of 2014, Nicholas was appointed Chief of Operations by former President Scott Mikos.
ANSON AUGUSTINE, MS, MBA, CPA
Anson J. Augustine has been a member of EVAC since September 1993, when he joined through the Senior Service Program at Iona Preparatory School. Anson has previously held the positions of Vice President of Administration and Administrative Lieutenant. Anson has over 17 years of experience in accounting and is currently a Partner at Marcum LLP, where he has worked for the past 12 years. Anson focuses his efforts within the Firm’s SEC Practice Group and works closely with publicly-traded and privately-held companies in numerous industries, as well as consulting on complex accounting and reporting issues. Anson also assists with the management of the Firm’s New York City audit practice, and serves as a member of the Firm’s Training and Development Committee, where he helps develop and advance the careers of professional staff through recruiting, mentoring and serving as the lead instructor for a variety of continuing education seminars. Anson is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), where he previously served on the Human Resources Committee. Anson holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Information Systems) from Fordham University, a Master of Science (Human Resources) from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science (Public Accounting) from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant (NY).
VICE-PRESIDENT/DEPUTY CHIEF OF OPERATIONS (57-12)
NICK MARDIKIAN, EMT-B
Nick Mardikian joined EVAC in June 2012. He became a NYS EMT in August of 2012 and previously served a term as Lieutenant from July 2015 to July 2016. Nick has a degree in psychology with a minor in emergency health services from George Washington University and works in business continuity and crisis management. Previously, Nick worked full time as an EMT and an emergency dispatcher, serving a number of communities throughout Westchester County.
KAITLIN MCLOONE, RN, EMT-B
KEVIN FRUSCIANTE, EMT-B
Kevin Frusciante joined EVAC in June of 2002. He currently is a certified NYS EMT-B and has 11 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services. Kevin previously served as Lieutenant from 2005 to 2006 and Captain 2006 to 2007.
KENNETH CAPELLAN, EMT-B
Kenny joined EVAC in November 2014. He became a NYS EMT in August of 2016 and is an active member of EVAC. In 2019, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Geneseo while working for the Geneseo Fire Department. At the Fire Department, he focused on training new members and EMTs in different facets of emergency medicine.