The primary duty of Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. is to provide prompt response
to medical emergencies within the community. The ambulance service also responds
with the fire department on nearly all fire calls to assist in providing medical
standby and/or rehab services. Station 500 is primarily dispatched through the Somerset
County Department of Emergency Services, which can be reached by dialing 911. One
ALS duty crew is staffed 24/7 and the second crew is staffed through the voluntary
response of other off duty personnel. Emergency calls account for nearly 65% of
the yearly call volume.
A non-emergency transport is defined as any non-urgent scheduled patient transfer.
These typically involve transporting patients from their residence to a doctor’s
office or clinic, or returning patients home from the hospital. Due to having only
one schedule duty crew in quarters, non-emergency transports are limited to entities
with pre-existing contracts and are usually limited to facilities within a 35 mile
radius. When proper advanced notice is afforded, second crew staffing may be arranged
to handle non-emergency transports so that the duty crew may remain available to
handle any local emergencies that should arise. To learn more or to arrange a non-emergency
transport please contact the ambulance station.
Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. is available to provide medical standby services
at local events of any type. Currently the service is contracted to provide standby
services for certain school sporting events. Other events for which the association
has provided standby service include local fairs, 4X4 races, tough mudder obstacle
courses, and fire school classes. Advanced notification is required to schedule
an event standby. Units assigned to a standby may remain available for other emergencies
and could temporarily be called away from the event. If you would like more information
or to schedule an EMS standby at your event please contact the ambulance station.
Recognizing a need to protect the children of our community, Berlin Area Ambulance
Assoc. Inc. rose to the occasion and developed a progressive elementary level prevention
program. Each year crews visit local schools to make educational presentations about
EMS awareness and injury prevention during EMS Week. The association’s headline
presentation involves bicycle safety. The bicycle safety program is given to kindergarten
students at the Berlin Brothersvalley and the Shanksville Stonycreek school districts.
These students are also measured and fitted for bicycle helmets, which are provided
by the ambulance service.
Education is one of the most critical components to keeping EMS providers up to date
with the latest knowledge, technology and skills. Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc.
offers annual training in bloodborne pathogens and CPR to EMS and fire department
personnel. The service also occasionally hosts skill labs and required provider
courses such as PHTLS. Some staff members of Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. are
trained CPR/First Aid instructors and/or EMS instructors. If you would like to arrange
a CPR or First Aid class for your organization please contact the ambulance station
and your request will be forwarded to an instructor.
The field of Emergency Medical Services has been around since the late 1960’s. Since
this time the concept of EMS has been continuously evolving. As a result many people
are not fully aware of the capabilities offered by EMTs and Paramedics. Our crew
members are no longer just “ambulance drivers,” but are now trained medical professionals.
Berlin Area Ambulance Assoc. Inc. strives to promote community awareness to help
educate the public about the vital role EMS plays within the community. We can arrange
to send a speaker and/or ambulance to your event (church groups, scouting group,
civic organizations, business, etc.) to provide a brief demonstration or presentation
about any EMS related topic you may desire. For more information or to schedule
a speaker please contact the ambulance station.