The purpose of Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. is to be proactive towards the improvement
of rapid response to medical emergency calls, providing effective patient care and
treatment in the prehospital setting, and ensuring the utmost safety of patients
and crew members during transport. The association promotes community involvement,
with special interest given to children, the elderly and all aspects of preventative
education within the community. Berlin EMS strives to meet the needs of these communities
and effectively produce a winning proposition for both the community and the association.
It is the intent of Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. Not to be just another organization
within the community, but rather to be an integral part of the community.
Berlin Ambulance Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located
in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The organization started as a volunteer ambulance
service in 1967, but has since grown to meet the ever changing needs of the community.
The association provides ALS and BLS emergency medical care and transport, as well
as non-emergency transport, scheduled standbys at local school sporting events and
other special event EMS coverage services as needed within our response area. The
association operates two ALS ambulances and one utility terrain vehicle.
Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. is responsible for the largest geographical first-due
response area (176.45 sq. mi.) for an ALS transport ambulance within Somerset County.
The service area covers all or part of eight local municipalities in the outlying
rural areas of eastern Somerset County. Municipalities included in the primarily
service area are Berlin Borough, Shanksville Borough, New Baltimore Borough, Brothersvalley
Township, Stonycreek Township, Allegheny Township, Fairhope Township and Northampton
Township. The population of the area covered is approximately 8,500 according to
the US Census Report of 2000.
Berlin Ambulance has 31 persons listed on its employment roster (10 paramedics and
21 EMTs). Personnel are required to maintain current certification as per the guidelines
for continuing education applicable to their respective provider levels set by the
PA Department of Health and the service medical director. Employees are also trained
to the appropriate levels of NIMS as per the national 5-year implementation plan.
All responders are required to go through annual CPR instruction and are also required
to take an EVOC certification course. The station is manned at all times by a single
ALS crew, consisting of one Paramedic and one EMT. Should a second crew emergency
call occur, we rely on the voluntary response of our off-duty employees to staff
the second unit. Employees who voluntarily respond on second crew calls are compensated
for their time the applicable hourly wage rate for their provider level.