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Helping The Helpers: Supporting EMS In PA
The COVID-19 pandemic left many EMS member agencies in PA reporting loses ranging from $700,000 to $3 million, but problems existed long before the pandemic started. In a 2018 report, the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute estimated the number of paid EMS totaled 17,000 in the state, down from about 30,000.
The pandemic caused emergency call volume to plummet but now call volume is beginning to increase again, and while the PA Legislature passed a $25M PA EMS relief package in February, much still need to be done to address the situation of many EMS companies.
PA House and Senate Policy Committees will hold a hearing in Pittsburgh about Emergency Medical Services in PA and how the legislature can help them continue to serve us. This hearing will be held at the Foerster Student Service Center Auditorium at the Community College of Allegheny County, with a ZOOM option for those who wish to participate virtually.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcO2opz8jGNEAPy7-jmtouL8_9wbo7VaA