Brown Coach Donates Bus to Montgomery County Emergency Management

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From left, Chief Deputy of Montgomery County Emergency Services Jeff Kaczor, Brown Coach Emergency Preparedness Officer Matt Keeham, Eastern Med, LLC President Sean J. Piasecki, Brown Coach Charter Manager Judy Russell and Emergency Services Director Jeffery T. Smith pictured with the new Rehab Bus.

 FONDA — Montgomery County’s Emergency Services Office has a new Rehabilitation “Rehab” Bus for first responders to escape from the elements or recover during emergency scenes. 

Brown Coach and Eastern Med funded the project for Emergency Services. Brown Coach donated the mini-coach bus and Eastern Med donated supplies to revamp the interior of the bus and outfitted the vehicle with emergency lights, sirens, radio, lettering, inverter and equipment.

“I’m not only grateful for this donation, I’m proud of the countless support and desire from our community to assist our first responders,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said. 

“The businesses and people of this county really step up, especially in time of need,” Director of Emergency Services Jeffery T. Smith said. “The bus has already been invaluable to us and the county and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without these  donations.” 

The bus is a safe, climate-controlled area for first responders to rehydrate as well as have their vital signs and general health checked before returning to an emergency scene. First responders can enter the bus when needing relief from high heat, extreme cold, or heavy physical activity.

“Brown Coach is pleased to partner with Montgomery County Emergency Services with the donation of a mini-coach,” President of Brown Coach Bob Brown said. “We appreciate the opportunity to support the valuable services that they provide to the community.” 

Adam Schwabrow, of the town of Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department and Ray Tylutki, of the Tribes Hill Volunteer Fire Department, initiated the idea of having a county Rehab Bus and worked alongside Smith and Emergency Services staff Jeffery Kaczor and Rick Sager on the project. Smith said the county’s Department of Public Works assisted by removing and re-bolting the bus seats, building a cabinet and installing indoor lighting and stripping on the bus. First on Scene, out of Johnstown, installed emergency lights and a siren free of charge.

 Smith said previously, pop-up tents would be set up at emergency scenes for first responders and now the Rehab Bus can be driven to the scene carrying all supplies inside. Smith said the vehicle has been used six times since April at multiple fires, a homicide, during a missing person case and large-scale training drill.  Smith also offered appreciation to Sager, Kaczor, Schwabrow and Tylutki for their hard work and dedication completing this project.  

“Working with the county on this project was a perfect match,” President of Eastern Med LLC Sean J. Piasecki said. “The first responders are going to be the ones who benefit from this.”

Veterans Stand Down

Brown Coach Charter Manager Judith Russell (right) receives a plaque on behalf of Brown Coach from Steve Cippitelli of the Rensselaer Elks Lodge with his service dog, Falcon, for donating two buses for the Veterans Stand Down on July 13th.

Brown Coach Awarded "IMG Operator of the Year"

Every year, IMG (International Motorcoach Group) operators honor one of their own, by awarding one IMG motorcoach company the prestigious accolade of: Operator of the Year.

In selecting the "Operator of the Year," IMG operators nominate companies that they believe represent the core values of IMG - customer service excellence, commitment to safety, maintenance and training plus participate actively not only in IMG but the wider motorcoach industry. 

Those nominated, go to a smaller panel that consists of the past three year's recipients of "Operator of the Year" who make the ultimate decision. 

Working with our partners at Turbo Images, a very unique motorcoach design, embracing signature travel images from the region, is unveiled at the Awards Dinner at the Annual Strategic Alliance Meeting, which was held this past week in Nashville, Tenn.

Brown Coach Vice President Stephen B. Brown with Bronwyn Wilson of IMG 

 Brown Coach's Unique Bus Wrap Featuring Signature Travel Images from the Area

OESJ Band in Washington

The school band from Oppenheim Ephratah St. Johnsville Central School District traveled to Washington, D.C., with 3 Brown Coaches to help kick off the presidential inauguration, with performances at Fort McHenry, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Cathedral.

Congratulations to band director DiAnne Mott and the students for getting an opportunity to perform during this historic event.