East Drumore seeks ambulance solution
BY ROXANNE TODD, Correspondent
East Drumore Township supervisors don't like being between a rock and a hard spot when it comes to ambulance coverage for their residents.
Chairman Scott Kreider reported March 7 that the township is working with other local municipalities in hopes of maintaining full-time advanced life support services in southern Lancaster County.
Both Susquehanna Valley and Lancaster EMS currently offer coverage. Both companies claim they are losing money because they are not the designated primary providers for emergency transports.
Neither company can seek community donations or memberships until they are appointed as the primary provider.
"We cannot afford not to have a full-time ambulance in the Quarryville area. … We need an ambulance in the southern end. We can't wait for an ambulance from Christiana or Willow Street to get here," Kreider said.
Kreider asked, "Do we have a first choice?"
Supervisor Brett Holzhauer responded, "Most of the municipalities in my opinion were leaning toward Susquehanna Valley."
Susquehanna Valley, which provides advanced life support, is currently located in Willow Street, but they would move into the old building along Park Avenue that once housed Quarryville Ambulance Association. Lancaster EMS, which provides only basic life support, is housed in Providence Township.
"We are concerned about how much this will cost the township," Kreider said.
Resident Fran Reining asked, "What is the shortfall?"
Holzhauer said, "No competition."
The East Drumore Township supervisors will meet with neighboring municipal leaders Tuesday, March 19, to further address the ambulance issue.
The supervisors agreed to pay Lancaster County Drug Task Force $1,200 for their 2013 contribution.
Kreider reported that the township building has been approved as a polling place for the May 21 primary election and the Nov. 5 general election.
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