Pa. Squad Drops Ambos, Starts Quick Response Team
The Hooversville Rescue Squad is scheduled to stop providing an ambulance service to Hooversville and the surrounding communities in January after 25 years of volunteer service.
The squad plans to run as a quick response service to assist responding ambulance crews in the area. Somerset Area Ambulance will take over responding to EMS calls in Hooversville's area.
EMS commander Paul Bomboy said the squad was forced into the decision because of a lack of volunteers.
"It's just too difficult to staff so we cannot continue," he said. "But we want to be there for the community, so we decided to be a QRS."
A QRS service responds to a scene to provide care until an ambulance arrives. They are not able to transport people to the hospital.
This year the ambulance was changed from an advanced life support to a basic life support unit. An ALS unit has a paramedic and an emergency medical technician respond, while a BLS unit uses a paramedic from another area to respond to the call.
"We would like to thank our community for the support they have provided over the years," Bomboy said in a written statement.
If anyone has questions about this change call 814-703-4141 or visit www.hooversvilleems.org for updates.
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