The Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corporation was incorporated in 1953 and has been responding to calls throughout all of Lancaster and Depew for over 60 years. In 2016 we expanded our coverage area, which now includes the Town and Village of Alden.
The LVAC has a combination of both paid and volunteer staff of approximately 75 members. We are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In 2017 we added 2 new ambulances to our fleet in order to respond to the 6,000 calls a year, which gives us an available 7 BLS/ALS/Paramedic level ambulances.
We operate out of a 5-bay garage that has full amenities for our crews. Home base is centrally located within the call districts, located near Walden and Central Avenues.
President: Chester Popiolkowski
The President oversees all corporate affairs while keeping both paid staff and volunteer staff informed.
Chester “Chet” Popiolkowski has been the longest serving president in the history of LVAC. He has been a member since 1983 and is still active as both a Driver and CPR Instructor. When Chet isn’t volunteering at LVAC, he is working as a Production Manager, Resident Composer and Sound Designer for the Theater of Youth. Chet holds a BFA in Theater and MA in Theater Media.
Vice President: Allison Revelas
The Vice President shall perform the President’s duties when he is unavailable.
Allison Revelas is a life member of LVAC. She started at the early age 14 as an explorer, she has made her way though the ranks to her current office. Some of the titles she has held over her years of service included Director, Director of Membership, Secretary and Vice President. She has been a great asset to our organization. Allison is a Registered Nurse at a local hospital. She has worked her way up to a supervisory role at the hospital, all while still finding time to volunteer for her community. In her Role as Vice President, she has established herself as dedicated and hardworking. She has built strong relationships with the paid and volunteer staffs.
Secretary: Rachel Hutter
The Secretary shall record all meeting minutes, maintain all corporate records and handle all corporate correspondence.
Rachel Hutter is currently a student at Daemen college. She is actively working on a Physician Assistant Degree. Rachel finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer not only as a secretary but also as an EMT. In 2018 Rachel was awarded Volunteer of the year.
The Treasurer shall keep all corporate financials in order and up to date, he will report the financial status at all monthly meetings.
Brian Foote is a veteran of the US Army, he served our county overseas in the middle east. Brian is a Purple Heart Recipient. Brian volunteers not only as our treasurer but also as an EMT and driver. Brian is actively working on a degree in Marine Biology from the University at Buffalo. Brian finds time in his busy schedule to enjoy his hobbies of hunting and fishing.
Director of Operations: Michelle Williams
The Director of Operations oversee all EMS operations.
Michelle Williams has been an EMT with LVAC for three years. Before taking her current role of Director of Operations, Michelle served as our secretary. Michelle works full time at Seneca Niagara Casino as a supervisor and provides immediate EMS care until further resources arrive. Michelle not only volunteers as our D.O. but also as an EMT and driver.
This Director serves as our Sergeant in Arms and is in charge of our yearly Fund Drive.
William “Bill” Revelas is our Senior director and head dispatcher. Bill not only volunteers as LVAC but also for the Village of Lancaster Fire Department. Bill works full time at the University of Buffalo in the code enforcement division.
This Director is in charge of processing new volunteer membership.
Amy Revelas has been an EMT at LVAC for many years. Like her sister, she too started at an early age as an explorer. Amy works full time for the University of Buffalo as a Police Dispatcher and part time at the Lancaster Courthouse.
This Director will helps in both our Operations and Training departments.
John O’Donnell has been a volunteer at LVAC since February of 2016. John not only serves as a Director but also as a driver. John works on our Special Events committee. John has worked for the Erie County Sheriff’s office for over twenty-five years, he currently works in the kitchen at the Erie County Correctional Facility. John not only volunteers as LVAC but also for the Newstead Fire Department.
This Director helps with all the departments.
Debbie Szetela has been serving at LVAC since 1999. Over her many years at LVAC she has served in many roles including EMT and QA/QI officer. Before her current role she served as our Director of Training. Debbie has continued to work on our QA/QI team.
Paid Support Staff:
Paid Staff Supervisor:
This Supervisor will handle scheduling, payroll and oversee the paid staff.
Paid Staff Supervisor:
This Supervisor will handle coordination of Advanced level providers and narcotics as well as overseeing the paid staff.
Paid Staff Supervisor:
This Supervisor will handle all electronic PCR’s, assist with ALS and narcotics as well as overseeing the paid staff.
Building & Fleet Manager: Coming Soon!
This Manager will oversee and manage all building & fleet maintenance.
Training Coordinator: Lynn O’Donnell
Training coordinator is our link to updated training information and updated NYS DOH policies and procedures for patient care. They are our CME Coordinator and report to our Medical Director for educational direction as well. Besides working for LVAC Lynn is employed by Erie County EMS as an EMS Instructor and teaches EMT/CFR Classes here and various locations in WNY. Lynn is also on the Erie County EMS Advisory board and An Alternate on the Wyoming-Erie Regional Council. Lynn is also a member of the Newstead VFC and is on her 3rd term as EMS Captain.
This position will oversee and manage all stocking and ordering of all corporation equipment and supplies.