Canandaigua Emergency Squad & Naples Ambulance Merge

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) – The Canandaigua Emergency Squad (CES) and Naples Ambulance have officially merged. The merger creates the Naples Ambulance Division of the Canandaigua Emergency Squad.

The Naples ambulance fleet and volunteers will keep their iconic triangle of grapes and purple ambulances.

“This is an exciting partnership for CES and one we’re extremely proud of,” said Matthew Sproul, chief of Canandaigua Emergency Squad. “In a small community like Naples, the history of Naples Ambulance and the incredible people that have held long-term commitments to help build the agency up to where it is today deserve to be recognized for everything they’ve done and will continue to do in order to keep the community safe.”

CES responds to over 7,100 calls a year and operates entirely without tax-based support to serve the towns of Canandaigua, Hopewell, Bristol, parts of South Bristol, Gorham, Bloomfield and the village of East Bloomfield.

“This merger frees up volunteers to concentrate on providing direct ambulance service to the community without having to worry about administrative, operational or regulatory compliance issues with no change to the level of service to the community,” said Sproul.

“Naples Ambulance responds to approximately 350 calls a year, and each year the need gradually increases, thus expenses increase,” said Sheila Brundage, captain of Naples Ambulance. “CES gave us the opportunity to move forward with a merger that benefits our members and volunteers, and most importantly the Naples community to ensure our services will be well equipped and sustained into the future."