"Serving our community with 100% volunteer professionalism since 1956"

Tri-Community Ambulance 

Proudly serving the residents of the Bergholz, Pekin, Sanborn and St. Johnsburg Fire districts since 1956!


Tri-Community Ambulance Service, Inc. official blog!  Here you will find information about events and activities involving Tri-Community Ambulance!

Check back often for updated news and information!

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Social Media Craze in our district!

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 1:40 AM

Social media has gone nuts in our district!  A local farm has planted a crop of sunflowers, and social media has fallen in love with it, sparking hundreds of people to stop and take photos!

Our crews this past evening decided to be part of the internet craze!

New Bloodborne Pathogens Online Training goes live!

Posted on August 27, 2017 at 12:35 AM

Tri-Community has officially taken offline our BBP training site with Safe Response and have transitioned over to VFIS for BBP online training.

Every new recruit must complete the BBP training to come into compliance, and every current member must take a recert class in BBP each year.

The training link and post-tests can be found on our webpage under Training and New Member Orientation!


Posted on August 12, 2017 at 8:30 PM








On September 14, 2016, Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. members were alerted by Amherst

Fire Control to respond to a cardiac arrest emergency for a 66-year-old man in the

Town of Clarence. A Rapids EMT had the Company’s emergency ambulance service

vehicle and was able to respond immediately.

EMT Brandon Sutton, then 20 years old, had only had his EMT-Basic card for less than

a year at the time. Upon arrival at the scene, EMT Sutton used an AED to shock the



After a complete cycle of proper CPR (compressions and ventilations) for two minutes,

he did a rhythm check. The patient was shocked again and a sustainable rhythm

ensued with a palpable pulse. The patient began to breathe on his own immediately

and a strong carotid and brachial pulse was monitored.

Within two minutes of the second shock, the patient began to show signs of

improvement as a Twin City ALS ambulance arrived and took over patient care. The

patient was transported to Buffalo General Medical Center, where he was taken to the

cardiac cauterization lab immediately upon arrival for an emergency cardiac angiogram.


About two months later, he underwent cardiac bypass surgery to improve his heart

function. He underwent five procedures successfully.


Following the actions of EMT Sutton and the rest of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Co.,

the family sent numerous thank you cards to the fire station. They were read off at

company meetings and posted for everyone to appreciate. The family also graciously

made a donation to the fire company.

EMT Sutton has been a top responder in all natures of calls and is always around to

help with non-incident functions like meetings, fundraisers and drills. He has such a

passion for EMS that he is currently taking the New York State AEMT course at nearby

Niagara County Community College.

The officers of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. feel that if EMT Sutton had not had the

emergency vehicle signed out for the shift on the day of the incident, the call would

not have been as prompt and the outcome possibly would not have been as favorable.

This event goes to show the passion and professionalism that EMT Sutton has for his



___Adapted from a nomination submitted by Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. EMS Captain Brent Ast, AEMT-CC

Have a safe July 4th Weekend!

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Tri-Community Ambulance wishes you and your family a happy and safe July 4th holiday!


Remember to keep the fireworks and other pyrotechnics to the professionals! According to the NFPA, in 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires. Additionally, according to the CPSC, more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under 15; nine percent were under five.

Recruit NY Open House 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 8:35 AM

This past weekend members from the Tri-Community Ambulance Service participated in 2 open house events aimed at recruiting new members to join our proud ranks and rich history of serving others!


The first day of the open house we were at the Bergholz Fire Company. The second day of the open house we were at the St. Johnsburg Fire Company.


Between the information booths, speaking to the public, giving ambulance tours, participating in Jaws-Of-Life demo/drills and watching Mercy Flight land, we were quite busy!


We are proud to report that we indeed were successful at recruiting more responders to our ranks!

Active Shooter Drill at Niagara Wheatfield!

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 6:55 PM

It is a topic that we never want to think about, nor want to ever happen.  But, in 1999 this became a reality in Columbine, and since that date there have been more incidents.  

As an EMS organization, we must train and prepare for the worst.

On March 17, 2017 Tri-Community sent our ENTIRE FLEET to Niagara Wheatfield schools to prepare for this type of event.  Involved with us were all local Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement agencies.

Tri-Community prepared for Winter Storm

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 7:40 PM

The entire State of New York has been placed under a state of emergency by Governor Cuomo.   Weather conditions were expected to worsen between Monday into Tuesday nights, with the bulk of the storm hitting on Tuesday.  The storm watches and warnings continue on until Wednesday and Thursday before being lifted and the weather advisories ending.

During this event, we saw significant accumulations of snow, with over 14" hitting by Tuesday night in one location in Bergholz.  Blowing and drifting snow was also a concern.

Tri-Community volunteers stepped up to the plate and starting early Tuesday morning, our ENTIRE fleet was staffed with volunteer responders to be ready at a moment's notice for an emergency within our community.

Tri-Community would like to thank the volunteers that stepped forward to staff our Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 and MEDIC 5 vehicles during this state-wide emergency weather event.

A&E "Nightwatch" cast to join Tri-Community at annual dinner!

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 2:40 AM

Published 03/10/2017


Tri-Community Ambulance Service, Inc. is honored to announce that the A&E hit series Nightwatch cast members Titus, Holly, Nick and Dan will be flying in from New Orleans to the Tri-Community Ambulance Service, Inc. Annual Installation of Officers Banquet on March 25, 2017 in Niagara Falls, New York!


Tri-Community is a 100% volunteer service that is proud to have fellow responders from New Orleans come enjoy a night celebrating our accomplishments to the community and be able to ring in another year of service to the community.


Thank you Nightwatch for coming an being part of our special night!

Peace Bridge illumination to honor responders!

Posted on March 9, 2017 at 10:45 PM

Tri-Community is honored to have received notice from the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority that our proposal has been approved!

On April 29th and April 30th, 2017 from dusk and running until 1am, the PEACE BRIDGE will be lit in RED, BLUE, GREEN and GOLD colors to honor ALL emergency responders during the annual FASNY Recruit NY Open House weekend!

Nearly 70% of your responders nationwide are 100% VOLUNTEER! This upcoming weekend helps highlight the need for more volunteers and helps us reach out into the community to attract more help.

You may ask the significance of the colors. Emergency Services is a TEAM approach, and all parts must work together to deliver a quality product to our residents in their time of need.

RED - honoring Firefighters.

BLUE - honoring Law Enforcement

GREEN - honoring EMS

The last color, GOLD, represents the often forgotten, or "silent" heroes. Tri-Community appreciates and honors our Dispatchers and Emergency Communications workers. The first link in the emergency services chain is 911. The first responder you talk to in a crisis is the dispatcher, who in turn sends out the appropriate department and resources. Tri-Community applauds "the voice that follows the tone",

Tri-Community invites you to check out your local fire station or EMS Squad next month to see what services they offer and how you may help. Tri-Community also invites you to enjoy the colors on the Peace Bridge as they shine bright for ALL emergency responders.

Recruit NY Event Locations Posted!

Posted on February 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Tri-Community Ambulance Service, Inc. NEEDS YOUR HELP!


Each year FASNY hosts a "Recruit NY" weekend aimed at educating the public on what our local volunteer emergency services do, and how they need your help. Most people do not realize that when they call 911, 70% of our nations responders are 100% volunteer! These men and women leave their families, friends and even work to answer an emergency within the community.


To ensure we have the proper staffing for when the alarm sounds, ALL volunteer agencies must continue to recruit annually! Did you know in 2016, Tri-Community had 1,450 calls within our community?


This year Tri-Community is grateful to partner with 2 of our local fire companies to have events on BOTH of the event days.


How can YOU help? Many ways, actually. Come out and learn what YOUR local service does for YOU! If you do not have the time to volunteer, or the serious nature of this business is not your cup of tea, help us promote this event to your friends and family. Please share this post to everyone!


On our company facebook page, there are 2 events posted for the recruitment weekend. Please help us share these events so we can get more people to these fire stations to help us help you!


This year we will be hosting the recruitment weekend at:


Saturday April 29th: BERGHOLZ FIRE COMPANY on Niagara Road

Sunday April 30th: ST JOHNSBURG FIRE COMPANY on Ward Road



Please share our events and check out our company website for up-to-date company information!


Thank you!

Tri-Community announces 2017 Recruit NY event

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Published 02/20/2017


Tri-Community Ambulance Service, Inc. is proud to host a combined recruitment open house with Bergholz Fire Company on Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10am-3pm. The combined open house event will be hosted at the Bergholz fire station at 2470 Niagara Road in Wheatfield.


Come out to learn how you can help your community!


Representatives from Bergholz and Tri-Community will be on hand to answer questions and have plenty of applications available!


Learn how you can become a volunteer firefighter, responder and volunteer EMS professional today!

Tri-Community handles busy day including fatal MVA

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 6:55 PM

It has been a busy day for Tri-Community responders.  We have had equipment on the street since 10am between 4 seperate calls.

One call, with Bergholz Fire, was for a fatal MVA.  Our thoughts and prayers for all involved.

From the news:


WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — At least one person is dead as the result of a crash in the Town of Wheatfield.


The crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon, closed off Lockport Rd. from Nash Rd. to Ward Rd.


It is not clear who was killed, or what the circumstances surrounding the crash were.


News 4 will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.

Happy Valentines Day from TCAS!

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Tri-Community would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day!

Speaking of all things "love"....if you are looking for a way to give back and LOVE doing it, check out our website to learn about how you can help your community in their time of need!

Help spread the word! Volunteers wanted!

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Help Tri-Community recruit!

Tri-Community has recently partnered with Volunteer Match online to help promote our organization.  Please go to our social media page to help share our ad and get the word out!  The best advertisements remain word of mouth!

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Richardson

Posted on February 4, 2017 at 4:30 AM

Our family at Tri-Community would like to congratulate Deputy Chief Richardson on his new addition to his family!

(copied from the Sanborn Fire Company Facebook page):  The Sanborn Fire Company Family would like to congratulate our Deputy Chief Craig Richardson and his wife Ashley on the birth of their son Jackson. Both mommy and baby are doing great.