In 2008 Shippensburg Area EMS developed an active Quick Response Service program and purchased a Dodge Durango and Ford Crown Victoria to provide EMS support services. The QRS service is equipped for fire ground rehab, off road rescue and public safety stand by events. The quick response service’s primary missions are public service standbys, fire ground support and EMS assist calls.
Also in 2008 Shippensburg Area EMS purchased two 2008 GMC 4500 Horton ambulance to be placed in service as the 4th unit and replace the 3rd unit. The ambulance is a custom one of a kind unit designed around provider safety and patient comfort. This ambulance was purchased through the non-stop efforts of our staff and is dedicated to the providers of our department.
In 2010 the Quick Response Service was expanded through the purchase of a Specialized Utility Vehicle for foreground support.
In July 2011, Shippensburg Area EMS launched a satellite substation on the West End of Shippensburg to allow for faster response time to the residents of Franklin County and the western side of Shippensburg. It was first opened on a trial basis but soon noticed the response times improved. The Chief then extended the hours of operation from 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM to 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM. With the demand for local EMS continuing to rise the substation was relocated into West End Fire and Rescue and became 24 hours operational.
On June 12, 2012 Shippensburg Area EMS and Vigilant Hose Company moved in to our new state of the art facility. The new facility was built to allow the company to expand and grow. Since then, the building was awarded the Silver LEED award. This awards means that the building is a “green” building.
Since the needs for community Advance Life Support was not being meet, Shippensburg Area EMS launched an ALS service on January 1, 2014. We purchased a Chevy Tahoe to use as our medic unit. Our Medic unit has advance equipment. It carries a Lucas mechanical CPR device, Thomas Pediatric Kit, Hypothermia Cooler to chilled fluids for post cardiac arrest patients, and a King Vision intubation device. On June 29, 2014, West Shore ALS closed there Shippensburg location. With that Shippensburg Area EMS placed a second medic in service during peak call volume times.
Shippensburg Area EMS responds on a yearly average of 4200 calls; responses are made to medical emergencies and auto accidents, routine transports, and ambulance standbys at sporting events.
Shippensburg Area EMS has a proactive future planned. We are proud of our heritage and the people whom have dedicated their lives to making Shippensburg Area EMS the premier provider of emergency health care in the Cumberland Valley Region.