Northwest EMS has received $20,642.80 of our $30,000 goal to purchase ballistic vests for crew members. The EMS agency recognized the growing hazard to its EMTs and paramedics as the opioid crisis and active shooter threats increase, and decided to provide bullet-resistant vests for the crews on the streets. Northwest EMS covers the northern tier of Lancaster County from Conoy Township to Clay Township, including Elizabethtown and Manheim.
As payments for ambulance services decrease, the non-profit EMS agency based in Elizabethtown decided to ask area residents to help protect its crews.
Contributions can be sent to NWEMS, 380 W. Bainbridge St., Elizabethtown, PA, 17022, or given online at https://www.gofundme.com/invest-in-ems.
Recently the EMS agency received help from the Northwest Regional Police, who patrol West Donegal and Mount Joy Townships. The Northwest Regional Police Commission donated $1,000, and the Northwest Regional Police Association, representing the officers, donated $500.
Edna Kline, operations manager, and Scott Kingsboro, executive director of Northwest EMS receiving check from NW Regional Police Chief Mark Mayberry. In the back are Police Commission members David Sweigart, Lisa Heilner, Douglas Hottenstein, and Eric Kreider.