Pittston Township ambulance crew has busy month


First Posted: 4/30/2013

The Pittston Township Ambulance released its 2012 activity report at a recent monthly meeting.

Calls by type for 2012: med/trauma, 491; motor vehicle crashes, 112; fire assists, 38; public assists, 9; cancel/unfounded, 11; stand-by/other, 46; non-emergent operations, 88.

Out-of-town assists were to Avoca EMS, 56; Jenkins Twp EMS, 7; and Pittston City EMS, 3; and back-up coverage was required on 16 incidents and were provided by Avoca, Pittston and Jenkins Twp EMS.

Number of patients transported to Geisinger, 235; WBGH, 103; CMC, 44; Scranton Regional, 14; Moses Taylor, 11; and VA Medical Center, 5. Advanced life support services were required on 436 responses.

Total emergency calls, 687; patients, 668; miles traveled, 11,986. Special events included the Northeast Fair requiring 392 hours and the PA State Little League playoff games for 88 hours.

The Annual Winter Social was held in January and staff officers for 2013 were installed into office. Serving as Captain, Ed Warunek; Asst. Capt., Russ Searfoss; 1st Lt., Heather Pesotini; 2nd Lt., Ron Pesotini; Training Coordinator, Jeff Alaimo; and Secretary, Katie Hawk. EMS staff members were acknowledged for their service to the community. The staff roster is currently at 22 EMS providers with in excess of 300 years of EMS experience.

President Don Hudzinski noted there was a 3 percent increase in emergency responses over 2011 and a new ambulance was placed into service in February 2013. This acquisition was made possible with the financial commitment from Pittston Township supervisors Joseph Adams, Ron Marcellini and Steve Rinaldi. The ambulance association will now have two ambulances available and will utilize them as needed.

The new ambulance will be a featured vehicle at the Pennsylvania State Fire & EMS Expo to be held in Harrisburg May 17, 18 and 19.

The 2013 annual membership drive had a record for resident participation. Also, a memorial donation of an AED was acknowledged from the family of Dolores Shumlas. The Pittston Township Ambulance expresses its appreciation to the community and the Pittston Township Board of Supervisors for the continued support of its EMS operations.

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