2007-10-27 / News

New emergency service

Paramedic services come to Emporium

Rob Mosher, paramedic for Cameron County Ambulance Service, described the importance of securing an airway. "The most important thing is securing an airway. That's the first step." Here, he descibes the usage of different tools that consist of an intubation kit. Intubation kits are used by paramedics to establish airways. James Moate Photo     Rob Mosher, paramedic for Cameron County Ambulance Service, described the importance of securing an airway. "The most important thing is securing an airway. That's the first step." Here, he descibes the usage of different tools that consist of an intubation kit. Intubation kits are used by paramedics to establish airways. James Moate Photo Paramedics are now available at a moment's notice to respond to medical emergencies in and around Emporium.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) was introduced this month by Cameron County Ambulance Service. It covers the borough as well as Shippen, Lumber and Portage townships. An intercept service is provided for Sinnemahoning Volunteer Ambulance.

The hiring of two-full time paramedics, Bill Pennington and Robert Mosher, ensures that a professional is available at all times of the day. Assisting them is a roster of over 30 people, some on staff and others as volunteers, according to board president Roger Neyman.

ALS personnel are joined by a staff of emergency medical technicians, who provide basic life support. Paramedics can operate heart monitors, administer intravenous treatment and dispense medication,.

Prior to starting its ALS service, Cameron County Ambulance Service was covered by medics from Ridgway, St. Marys or Coudersport.

Neyman said anyone requiring emergency medical care can dial the Elk County Dispatch Center at 9-1-1. He added that it's important to speak clearly and provide specific information so dispatchers can determine who can best respond. Callers should also be specific with road names and house numbers.

Local operations are coordinated with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersort and Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys, among others.

"On behalf of Cameron County Ambulance Service, I thank the community organizations and residents for their support allowing us to add our own ALS personnel," Neyman said. "It has been a true community effort."

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