In 1975, with an increase in population to over 3800 (1970 census) and the corresponding increase in calls for help, the town donated a parcel of property to the Corps for a permanent building. Construction started in Spring 1975 with the Lions coming together on weekends to work on the building, which was completed and dedicated in 1981. The building accommodated one ambulance, office and storage downstairs, and a large meeting room, office, kitchen and 2 bathrooms upstairs.
When a second ambulance was acquired in 2000 (town population was now 4700), the older rig had to be housed in a tent next to the building. This “temporary” solution lasted ten years.Maurice Bertrand, a long-time Pound Ridge resident who lived on West Road, had died and left the Corps a substantial legacy. In 2010 the Corps used the money for a major renovation that brought both ambulances indoors and updated the building and grounds. The area adjacent to the town path, below the building, was cleaned up andlandscaped (a joint project with the Pound Ridge Garden Club) and named Bertrand Park in thanks to our benefactor.
When the population of Pound Ridge was about 2500 (1960), emergency medical transport was provided by the Mt. Kisco Lions Ambulance Corps. The long response times, especially in the winter, prompted the Pound Ridge Lions Club to start their own Corps.With the help of Mt. Kisco VAC and Lions Club, the PR Lions organized a volunteer BLS ambulance corps and were chartered by NY State in 1966.
The founding members included Alvin Jordan (banker), David Berman (dentist), Matthew Rosenschein (doctor), Warren Everretts (livery service), William Allen (pharmacist), and Ted Albano (appliance store). The first garage was a sheet metalshed on town property behind Ted Albanoʼs store. Dispatch was initially by the South Salem Answering Service and the Corps responded to 40 to 50 calls per year.
Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps