Emergency Medical Service coverage in New Florence Borough. Laurel Valley Ambulance Service Closed
In September of 2019, Fayette EMS who was managing the Laurel Valley Ambulance Service notified the municipalities that were covered by Laurel Valley Ambulance Service that Fayette EMS was closing the New Florence Ambulance Station as of January 1st, 2020. Recently an Email was sent to the surrounding EMS providers that the New Florence Ambulance Station located in New Florence would be closing on December 4, 2019; earlier than expected due to a lack of staffing. New Florence Borough along with the other affected municipalities have been collaborating since September to find an EMS provider to put an ambulance service in the New Florence station. Proposals were requested from Citizens Ambulance Service, West End Ambulance Service, Mutual Aid Ambulance Service and Lifestat Ambulance Service.
The group of municipalities worked within a short period of time but were unable to find an EMS Provider to put an ambulance service in the existing station. One of the main reasons why was that it was not financially feasible to provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service due to the low call volume. This is not a local EMS crisis, you may have heard on the news that this is a nationwide crisis.
New Florence Borough has designated the West End Ambulance Service located in Johnstown, PA – Cambria County to provide Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of New Florence. The Borough will continue to work with West End Ambulance Service to improve service and provide the best Emergency Medical Care for the area.
The website has several new documents. They are the agenda for the November borough council meeting, the minutes for the October meeting, and the police report for October. The June meeting minutes are still pending. Additionally, the New Florence Community Development organization has announced their Christmas activity for the holidays. They will be holding an “All Aboard the Polar Express” at the fire hall on December 14th. Please click on the flyer below to learn more information. Finally, on November 5th there were statewide elections for various offices. Three seats were being voted on for the New Florence Borough Council. Unfortunately, no one went through the process of getting their name onto the voting ballot. There were 136 write-in votes cast. Because they are all write-in’s it will be some time before a comprehensive report is released on voting results. Once they are available, they will be posted to the website.
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