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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cameron County May Stop Paramedic Service



16 comments :

Anonymous said...

I think it's time for a new board of directors and new management.

Anonymous said...

Cameron County Ambulance Announces Planned Elimination of ALS Services After 90 Days. The Board of Directors of Cameron County Ambulance (CCAS) a private, non-profit corporation providing ambulance services to the Cameron County area, announced today that the company will be making several business moves, including the planned elimination of Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in 90 days in an effort to address ongoing operating losses and preserve ambulance services to Emporium and the surrounding area. These decisions were reached after careful consideration of the financial state of the ambulance service. Over the past 18 months CCAS has suffered a drastic downturn in business volume. Call volume is down nearly 20% as result CCAS has lost nearly $250,000 over the past two fiscal years, a budget deficit which has been covered by use of savings. Operating budgets have been cut as much as possible under the present operating plan. In order to stave off further financial problems, CCAS is taking the following downsizing actions. First, CCAS has removed from service and is selling one ambulance and all related equipment. This will leave two licensed ambulances available 24 hours per day for coverage in Emporium and the surrounding area. Present call volume does not justify retaining the third unit, it is seldom used. Next, it is with great regret that CCAS must announce that it will cease providing Advanced Life Support Services effective November 18, 2013. After careful consideration the Board of Directors has determined that present call volume does not supply enough revenue to continue to staff and operate the service without taking these necessary downsizing measures. CCAS wants to reassure the community, that prompt, reliable EMS services will remain available. CCAS will continue to offer Basic Life Support services as in the past. Advanced Life Support services will be provided, as needed through support from regional

Anonymous said...

Your out of luck CCAS is a PRIVATE non profit organization.

Anonymous said...

ALS operating at a loss? Unheard of in our rural area. Maybe that is why Charles cole memorial hospital let medic 4 go to the colder sport volunteer ambulance service with a vehicle, all needed equipment and $100,000 to help. Sounds like a lot of money until you hear a $250,000 loss in 2 years. This is a major problem for our area that needs to be brought in front of our representatives with haste before the only medics we can get on emergency calls come in on costly helicopters.

Anonymous said...

People will change their minds when one of the board members, management or "important" people of the communities loved one is affected by this stupid decision. I'm sure CCAS EMT's are competent but there are critical times when a medic is needed immediately. Hope you can sleep at night decision makers, maybe you should care more about the community your supposedly elected to take care of.

Anonymous said...

I bet the former Emporium Borough Manager and his supporters are getting a big CHUCKLE over this situation. Remember when the former manager tried to bring in the medics from Ridgway because we had none....the CCAS made a big stink and got him fired from his job plus kicked off the fire dept....here we are 6 yrs later and the CCAS are getting rid of the medics they brought in and I believe the Borough OK the agreement to get rid of the medics. We probably wouldn't be in this situation had the CCAS had worked with Ridgway. We had a very good ambulance team before 2007 because they were almost all votunteers and they did a excellent job....once they went to paid EMT's and Medics most of the votunteers quit. Maybe it's time the Emp Borough takes over our ambulance so everything will be public.

Anonymous said...

The union is the reason this is happining....if the employs would have voted against the union they would be working for St.Marys ambulance but still in emporium and als service would still be there. But due to the union St.Marys backed out. So maybe valine should be a man and tell the public whats really going on and stop pointing the finger at the board of directors and the management. I would also like to add that the board and management had nothing to do with the union being voted in.

Anonymous said...

With all the Obamacare savings that is promised from Nancy P, one would think that extra money could be funnelled to EMT services like this.

Anonymous said...

Bet that paramedic is nice to have right now on that motorcycle accident

Anonymous said...

Funny how a Bradford City Medic that's only worked part time in Cameron County for little more than a year knows more about whats best for Cameron County than the board of directors who live and work here and have served more than 15 years? None of the medics working in Cameron County even live in the county. Funny how all of a sudden Valine is worried about no ALS in the county when from February 2013, when the union was formed, until August 2013 there were more than 11 days of no ALS coverage when medics just took off and there was no coverage for the county. This is a violation of the EMS act. In fact Cameron County Ambulance had a complaint filed against it from another ALS service. They could lose their entire EMS license if this happens again. The union has not provided the management of Cameron County ANY cost saving measures other than suddenly offering to change their work schedule to save money which amounted to only a fraction of what is needed to stop the service from completely shutting down. Funny how his message to Cameron County generates from Bradford. Please ask Mike to publish his list of suggestions to keep Cameron County sound. Ask him why people would talk to him about being worried about losing ALS rather than asking them to contact the ambulance service. Something or someone smells here.

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that the volunteers quit not because of the union but because they weren't getting the incentive anymore that they received when they went on an ambulance call. Volunteers also left because of the management. As for the last posting "something or someone smells here" maybe anonymous you should look in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

I thought being volunteer meant not getting paid to do something? Paying someone to do something means they are part time. Can't have it both ways. PA is a right to work state if you don't like who you work for go someplace else. How tough can it be? how many calls a day do you get? One or two? The rest of the time is your own. That sounds like management was pretty tough on you. Sounds like a bunch of little kids didn't get their way. Lets see how that union works out for you. Better get some deodorant.

Anonymous said...

When the crew is not on a call the time is not theirs... try again...

Anonymous said...

What does that mean? Oh you can't leave the station. You get to watch TV, sit outside on the patio cook some barbecue, use your personnel computers, etc. You can't be on the job and be at home. So you try again.

Anonymous said...

What a embarrassment the CCAS and the union have been to Cameron County by coming on Solomon's Words bickering back and forth. You are acting like little kids bullying each other...same on you.
Keep on fighting and you won't have any support from our community....grow up and act like adults.

Anonymous said...

Some of the previous comments I have heard or read about Emporium Ambulance, makes me so sad! I don't personally agree w/ every decision or change they have made. However, the community needs to realise there r only so many grants available. Our government has made so many cuts & healthcare is a big 1. When u start ur vehicle, it costs u money just like it costs money to start 1 of those ambulances. The board members want to make sure that ur community will have an ambulance service available. Give them credit. As far as the remarks made about the volunteers or paid staff, that discusses me being a former volunteer. I personally do not agree w/ the Union. However, these ppl have families & bills too. Do I believe they r in that profession for just the paycheck, absolutely not! I know some of them & have for years. Most of them have big hearts & work more than just 1 job to make ends meet. As far as the comments towards the volunteers or former volunteers, u should be ashamed! A majority of them r not just a part of the ambulance, but also part of the Fire Department. They also have families, jobs, & other obligations. They have or continue to put those aside for ur loved 1's. My family, close friends, & parents r these ppl. Times r not what they use to be! Look on Solomons Word or ur local paper, our little communities r no longer as safe as they once were. So before putting down the ppl in ur community out there to help ur tails, maybe u should get off ur's. U want more volunteers, than take a course. Every community around is hurting for volunteers. I personally, have put volunteering a side. I work full-time, a single mom, & I have a little boy. Most the ppl who know me, know being a good mom is my world. So if putting being an EMT aside to be the best mom I can is wrong, maybe u should spend a day in my or 1 of their shoes. Instead of criticizing the paid, volunteers, or former volunteers, or board members try thanking them for continuing or giving care to ur luv 1's & trying to keep that service available to u.