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Tompkins County Rapid Medical Response gets crucial funding through New York State

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Tompkins County’s Rapid Medical Response (RMR) program has secured a $300,000 grant from New York State’s Department of Health to support its operations beyond its inaugural year.

Announced by local leaders and state Senator Lea Webb, the funding is part of the state’s 2025 budget efforts to aid rural emergency medical services. The RMR program, praised for its innovation, aims to alleviate the pressure on EMS services across rural areas of the state.


The program, which began operation on April 2, 2024, introduced three new emergency response vehicles to complement the county’s primarily volunteer emergency services. It has shown early success in reducing response times, exemplified by a recent incident where the RMR unit quickly aided a woman with a hip injury, significantly before the arrival of the transport unit.