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At the June 12 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Justine Huber, president of East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Jon Kopishke, corps captain, provide supervisors an update on a new service for residents.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL At the June 12 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Justine Huber, president of East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Jon Kopishke, corps captain, provide supervisors an update on a new service for residents.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL

Ambulance corps details new service

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At the June 12 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Justine Huber, president of East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, gave supervisors a status update. The organization is the only volunteer ambulance organization in the Lehigh Valley. Jon Kopishke is the captain of the corps.

The plus for local residents is the volunteer corps accepts the charges offered by the insurance company — no out-of-pocket costs.

Huber introduced a new service that will allow residents to use the service to move from the hospital to their home.

“It needs to be an ambulance transportation service,” Huber said.

In other words, they are not able to take you home after a routine procedure, although Huber hinted the option might be made available. The key to get extra services is to be part of the corps’ financial contributor list. Head to the website, eatvac.org, to get details on how to become a contributor.

The ambulance service is backing into the same problem as most other volunteer organizations — there are not enough people to staff the available positions.

“We do have paid positions. They are mainly in the daytime hours because most of our volunteers have regular jobs,” she said.

Contrary to generally held beliefs, ambulance trips are made more often during the day than at night.

“We want to continue to expand our coverage hours. We are getting more of our volunteers certified,” Huber said.

During the hours not covered, residents receive service from mutual aid partners.

“No one in the township is without an ambulance at any time. We serve as a backup for our mutual aid customers, and they cover for us during the times we are closed,” she said.

The volunteer ambulance corps has been providing service to the township and the surrounding areas since 1979.