12 Manwaring Road
PO Box 970
Shelter Island, NY  11964
Tel: (631) 749-1308
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Jack H. Thilberg
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THE SHELTER ISLAND REPORTER: EMS docket: Tech, training, recruitment by Julia Brennan- 01/11/17

"The Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services team takes pride in quickly responding to medical emergencies and rapidly getting patients to the area hospital that best suits their needs — despite being surrounded on all sides by water.

But many of the problems facing the EMS team also confront mainland agencies: Rising costs for equipment and supplies; keeping pace with technology; and recruiting, training and retaining qualified volunteer personnel.

So says Detective Sergeant Jack Thilberg of the Shelter Island Police Department, who also serves as the Town’s director of emergency medical services, a part-time, paid position. He met with the Reporter last week to review the activities of the 26-member all volunteer squad, which made 276 emergency calls in 2016.

Most notably, the non-profit Shelter Island Ambulance Foundation has donated $85,000 toward the purchase of an ambulance."