The Clinton Township Fire Company began providing emergency and routine ambulance transport services on July 28, 2002. The service was started in response to requests by residents within Clinton Township who felt that we should be providing this service and not relying on outside agencies.
A 2002 Ford/Horton Ambulance was purchased from Spitler Vehicle Specialties in Montoursville, PA. It was equipped with all of the necessary medical equipment as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The vehicle and the ambulance service were inspected by representatives from the Lycoming, Tioga, & Sullivan Counties Regional EMS Council and a license to operate the service was issued by the Dept. of Health to the Fire Company.
We felt that the service we were going to provide needed to exceed what was previously provided. It was determined that we would provide for professional staffing of our ambulance during the weekdays from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm and the remaining times the ambulance would be staffed by our volunteers. This decision has proven to be a smart one. It has ensured that our ambulance responds immediately during the daytime hours when the majority of our volunteers are working. This allows our volunteers to remain at work and not jeopardize their employment by leaving to respond to emergencies unless absolutely necessary for incidents such as vehicle crashes or fires.
Our ambulance is staffed at all times with a minimum of two Emergency Medical Technicians. This far exceeds the minimum requirement for an ambulance crew as per the Pa. Department of Health Ambulance Licensure requirements. Every one of our EMTs (currently there are nineteen in the Fire Co.) are certified by the Department of Health and are trained for the use of Automatic Defibrillators, CPR, Vehicle Rescue, Hazardous Material Response, and in most cases, they are also cross trained as firefighters.
Ambulance Service Facts
- First started on July 28, 2002, since then we have responded to over 2600 emergencies and have missed only one (1) which occurred in May of 2003. No other service in Lycoming County can give this same statistic, not even Susquehanna Health System.
- Exceed the PA Department of Health’s minimum crew member requirements EVERY TIME we respond by sending a minimum of two (2) Emergency Medical Technicians.
- There is not a membership requirement that results in a yearly fee being charged to the residents for use of the ambulance.
- Provide all ambulance stand-by services for the Montgomery School District and Penn Tech College, Earth Science facility for events there.
- Ambulance is staffed with two emergency medical technicians, who are also cross trained as fire fighters, during weekdays from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm. This keeps our volunteers at work, provides jobs and income tax revenue in the Township, and ensures a quick response to emergencies when traditionally staffed ambulance services are finding it very hard to respond. This staffing has made the difference in many people’s lives within Clinton, Brady, and Washington Townships, particularly during traumatic accidents that have occurred at factories within the Townships.
- Ambulance service provides its own operating revenue without the use of tax money. It supports two full-time and 5 part time or per diem employees, their benefits, and their workers compensation insurance.
- Ambulance service provides operating revenue to the Fire Company, for example, all the fuel for the entire fleet is purchased solely with proceeds from the ambulance service which in 2007 exceeded $6,500.00. The fuel for our fleet was previously provided by the Township.
- We provide emergency supplies of Oxygen and medical supplies to residents until they can get their own, i.e., during power outages and storms.
- We assist funeral home directors and the County Coroner with the removal of remains to aid the families. Very few fire departments will provide this service.
- We have mailed over 2000 ambulance service surveys to people who have used our service. We have NEVER received any complaints or negative comments on those that were returned.
- We have discharged in excess of $40,000.00 in uncollected debt for ambulance transports to people who have used our service since it was started. None of the aforementioned discharged debt is from State Prison inmate transports. No one has ever been issued a collection notice from our service.