Ambulance Services in New York
New York City
Emergency Medical Service
The city ambulance service is called EMS in New York and is very good, with services provided by skilled Emergency Medical Technicians. They know how to handle most situations. There is a fee for the assistance.
To get an ambulance call 911.
When you call 911, the operator will ask you to describe the emergency so he/she can dispatch the appropriate assistance, i.e., ambulance, police, and/or fire fighters. Know the address where you are calling from-this will make getting help easier. For help in figuring out cross streets and avenues, see Addresses and Finding Your Way in New York.
The operator will dispatch the closest possible unit to assist you. If necessary, they will take you to the nearest hospital.
Non-emergency ambulance service
Aside from EMS, there are private and hospital ambulance services in New York that you can use for transport in non-emergency situations. They are staffed by trained personnel. There is a charge for these ambulances. Rural-Metro listed below, charges $315 for a one-way drop-off.
The following "ambulette" services don't offer life assistance. They are simply a means of transporting you to a clinic or doctor's office.