Pictured above is a training session on immobilization inside the Northwest EMS training room in Elizabethtown. The room can accommodate a car in addition to tables and chairs.
Northwest EMS is accepting job applications for full-time and part-time paramedic and EMT positions as of July 22, 2013. Click here to download the application.
NWEMS covers northwestern Lancaster County, southern Dauphin County and will be expanding into the Manheim area in October 2013 as a result of combining with Manheim Memorial Ambulance. It provides Advance Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency service, BLS transports and wheelchair transports.
The main station and administrative office of Northwest EMS is at 380 W. Bainbridge Street, Elizabethtown. This station houses seven ambulances (one equipped for bariatric patients), two wheelchair vans, a Chevy Suburban and an All Terrain Vehicle on a trailer. It also houses a mass casualty trailer containing an inflatable field hospital and equipment to triage and treat victims at natural or man-made disasters.
The Maytown station, at 188 Rock Point Road, contains one ALS ambulance staffed 24 hours a day. The Manheim station is at 26 E. High Street, Manheim. Northwest EMS will begin operating a 24-hour ALS unit from this station in October. It also will operate a BLS ambulance 10 hours a day initially, and may increase BLS hours in Manheim if call volume requires it.
Northwest EMS had 5,971 emergency calls and 1,253 non-emergency calls during 2013. Of the 7,224 total calls, only 94, or .01 percent, were missed due to all ambulances being busy on previous calls. Northwest EMS also provides stand-by service at public functions like fairs, football games and concerts.
Most of the crew members are paid, but there are some volunteers serving in all stations. People interested in volunteering should fill out the same employment application.