New York, NY, November 20, 2014 – An early morning fire ripped through an Upper West Side garage which houses two of Central Park Medical Unit’s three ambulances. The two-alarm blaze was contained by FDNY and fortunately nobody was seriously injured. However, the two CPMU ambulances were totally destroyed.
“The loss is devastating,” said Rafael Castellanos, CPMU’s President. “Since 1975 we have been providing life-saving services to the visitors of Central Park. Our ambulances are specially designed to fit under all the tunnels and bridges in the Park, and will be very expensive to replace. This loss seriously threatens our ability to provide the level of free service Park visitors expect and deserve.”
The cost of replacing the ambulances far exceeds the reimbursement the Unit expects to receive from its insurance provider. As a result, the Unit has set up an online fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/parkmedical. “Even if people aren’t in a position to donate, they can help us get back on our feet by spreading the word,” said Castellanos.
In addition to its ambulances, CPMU has an all-terrain vehicle and a set of Bicycle EMS teams. CPMU provides services not only in Central Park, but to the greater New York City community whenever called upon for assistance. Notable events to which the Unit has responded include 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, The Blackout of 2003, American Airlines Flight 587, TWA Flight 800, and the annual NYC Marathon.
Central Park Medical Unit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported entirely by donations and grants. It has been serving the people of New York since 1975. Additional information is available at www.cpmu.com and www.facebook.com/ParkMedical.