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E. Allen supervisors get ambulance corps update

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Jonathon Kopishke, recently elected as captain of the East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Justine Huber, president, presented the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors with an update at its meeting June 13.

The ambulance corps has 32 operational members, with 15 considered active. The others fill in on occasion, as needed. There are four administrative staff, with two active. There are 11 paid members, with six running regularly.

“On the staff, only eight of our members live in East Allen. That says a lot about how we are supported by the community and the high esteem this corps has that people from all over the area want to be a part of our organization,” Kopishke said.

Under the new administration, the ambulance corps is actively recruiting more EMTs and getting recertifications up to date.

“There is never a time when there is no coverage,” he said. “We’ve taken steps to reduce the number of paid staff on late-night shifts. It is a cost-saving measure. We have good working relations with surrounding ambulance companies to help us out when needed.”

There is a concern about the age of some of the equipment and maintaining the equipment properly. According to Kopishke, buying a new ambulance is out of the question at this point.

“We can look at a good used one, but a new one is in the quarter of a million range,” he said.

The existing ambulances are 1998 and 2005 models, both with diesel engines. The diesel is of questionable value because the ambulances are not run continually.

East Allen is teaming up with Northampton Regional EMS to cover the upcoming rodeo at Willowbrook Farms, to be held June 30 and July 1. This is one of the stronger relationships the local organization wants to nurture.

The ambulance corps meets 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month. The public and any volunteers are invited to attend.

In other business, Chuck Frantz, of the parks and recreation department, introduced counselors for the township’s summer day camp. The half-day program began June 18. There are 12 counselors hired for the camp.

The township’s parks and recreation board is seeking a member to cover the resignation of Judy Odenwelder.