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Haverford, PA…Following months of research and proposal reviews, the Township of Haverford is pleased to announce that it has selected Narberth Ambulance to partner with in providing 911 emergency medical services to its 49,500-member community.
Under its service agreement, pre-hospital emergency care and medical transport will be provided 24/7 by two dedicated Narberth Ambulance Units, each staffed by a paramedic team based in the Township of Haverford. Also at the ready will be additional Narberth Ambulance units available as backup if required.
Though the official transition to Narberth Ambulance will not occur until November, Haverford Township’s EMS Director and Narberth Ambulance is devoting the summer to transitioning and recruiting emergency providers to serve the Township, orienting, prepping new vehicles and finalizing paperwork with county and state agencies. Narberth Ambulance is also working in close collaboration with the Township’s Director of Paramedics, Jim McCans, to ensure that the switch from its current service to a partnership with Narberth Ambulance is seamless.
Founded in 1944, Narberth Ambulance, a nonprofit organization, serves 95,000 community members living in Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. Annually, the organization responds to 6,000 calls for emergency medical and advanced lifesaving support services. Narberth Ambulance has received local and national recognition for its single-source EMS physicians unit, the first and only one of its kind. A staff of 21 full-timers, 30 part-timers and 65 volunteers serve the community. More positions will be created to support the needs of the Township of Haverford.
Haverford Township receives approximately 3,600 emergency calls per year. The decision to enhance the level of emergency services available to citizens led to an RFP (request for proposal) process which yielded four interested ambulance service providers. All provided written proposals and conducted formal presentations.
Township Manager Larry Gentile was very familiar with Narberth Ambulance at the time he received their proposal since he had previously served the Township as Director of Emergency Medical Services and Director of Emergency Management.
“Narberth Ambulance’s reputation is stellar. They will bring so much more than 911 services to our Township. Their physician response team is outstanding, they are committed to community engagement, and they make educating the public about safety a priority,” said Gentile.
Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher Flanagan shares Gentile’s enthusiasm for this new collaboration between the Township of Haverford and Narberth Ambulance. “Our EMS and paramedic team is so excited. Haverford is a one of the finest and largest first class townships in the state. It is an honor to be selected to provide 911 services here, along with the municipalities we currently serve,” Flanagan said.
Photo Caption: Delighted about the collaboration between Haverford Township and Narberth Ambulance are (front row, left to right): Christopher Flanagan, Narberth Ambulance Chief; David Zaslow Esq., Narberth Ambulance Board of Directors; Larry Gentile, Haverford Township Manager; Jim McGarrity, 7th Ward Haverford Township Commissioner. Also, (back row, left to right): Patrick Doyle, Narberth Ambulance Executive Director; Al Davey, Narberth Ambulance Deputy Chief; Dr. Joe Bushra, Narberth Ambulance Deputy Medical Director; Dr. Ben Usatch, Narberth Ambulance Chief Medical Director; Mario Oliva, 2nd Ward Haverford Township Commissioner; Jim McCans, Haverford Township Director of Paramedics; and Kevin McCloskey, Esq., 3rd Ward Haverford Township Commissioner.