September 8, 1986 |
Rescue workers survey the scene of an accident yesterday in West Philadelphia in which a Fire Department ambulance and a car collided. A two- week-old boy was hospitalized and four adults suffered minor injuries in the 4:15 p.m crash. The ambulance was heading south on 54th Street when it hit a Cadillac heading west on Spruce Street, which then hit another car, police said. Among the injured were a woman being taken in the ambulance to a hospital and a relative riding with her.
January 9, 2014 |
Shot on the streets of Philadelphia? You might be better off if help arrives in a patrol car than in an ambulance. From 2003 through 2007, gunshot victims taken to city trauma centers by police survived two-thirds of the time - the same rate as those taken by emergency medical squads, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. But that was only what the raw numbers showed. Generally, shooting victims transported by police during that five-year period were more gravely wounded.
August 2, 1987 |
The generosity of Woodbury Heights residents is being credited with saving the borough $55,000 in tax dollars. Mayor Donald W. Steward, who is also chief of the Woodbury Heights Volunteer Fire Department, explained that residents' contributions to the Woodbury Heights fire association were recently used to buy a used ambulance. Steward said that because the association needed to replace its 1974 ambulance, the borough was facing an outlay of about $55,000. But when the National Park Community Ambulance Association recently put its 1981 ambulance up for sale for $7,000, the Woodbury Heights fire association, which had the cash available from a recent fund-raising event, snapped it up. Steward said that because there was no money in the 1987 borough budget for an ambulance, Borough Council would not have been able to act as quickly to buy the National Park ambulance.
October 4, 1987 |
Anthony Polito hopes that the Good Fellowship Ambulance Club of West Chester will obtain insurance for next year. The question is: At what cost? Polito, club president, was notified recently that Nationwide Insurance of Harrisburg would not renew insurance on the club's five ambulances because there were four accidents in 1986. He said that there had been no accidents in 1983, one in 1984 and 1985, and none in 1987. "We expected a rate rise because we had a bad year last year," Polito said.
June 19, 2013 |
IT STARTED as a routine run, an ambulance ferrying a seriously injured man to the hospital after he was struck by a car. But yesterday's trip quickly became extraordinary. The patient assaulted two paramedics, then jumped out and tried to steal a fire engine before police officers responding to the medics' call for help shot the patient with a stun gun to regain control, said Frank Keel, a spokesman for the firefighters' union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. It started just before 5:30 a.m., when a car hit a 40-year-old pedestrian on Roosevelt Boulevard near Berkley Street, seriously injuring him. Paramedics responded, but not long into the trip, the patient began attacking them, Keel said.
February 18, 1988 |
The Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners will appeal a recent order by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that allows a local businessman to operate his ambulance and paratransit service in violation of the township zoning ordinance. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept a recommendation by the board's Building and Zoning Committee that township solicitor Gilbert P. High Jr. file an appeal of the PUC order in Commonwealth Court. The appeal is to a petition filed by Jeff Morgan, owner of Medi-Call Paratransit and Ambulance services and Keystone Transportation.
May 20, 1990 |
Maryanne Cannon and Beth Miller were still reeling from an accident in which their Pontiac Grand Ams collided in Northampton Township. Then things got worse. The ambulance transporting them to Warminster General Hospital was hit by car about a half-mile away from the first accident. Police gave this account: Cannon, 54, of the first block of Amsterdam Avenue, Holland, and Miller, 25, of the first block of Kingsclere Road, Southampton, collided at New and Holland roads at about 7:45 a.m. May 10. A Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad ambulance driven by Stanley J. Niedzwiki, 31, of the first block of Granit Road, Levittown, was taking Cannon and Miller to the hospital when it was struck by a car at Hatboro and Bristol Roads about 8:23 a.m. Christine Myers, 33, of the 1200 block of Spring Street, Warminster, told police she was heading east on Bristol Road approaching Hatboro Road when she heard sirens but did not see an ambulance.
April 7, 1995 |
The Township Council voted last night to seize the Emergency Squad's $110,000 ambulance and revoke the squad's right to operate amid allegations of financial misconduct and abuse of power. By a vote of 5-0, the council adopted an ordinance preventing the Emergency Squad from working in the township, a move that may land the heated squabble in the courts. Following last night's action, members of West Deptford Emergency Medical Service - now the town's working ambulance squad - took possession of the West Deptford Emergency Squad's ambulance.
November 22, 1990 |
The Good Fellowship Ambulance Club will get only half the money it wanted from West Chester. The rest will go to the borough's Fire Department. After a tongue-lashing issued to both emergency-service groups, the West Chester Borough Council voted, 5-1, last week to give the ambulance club's relief association only $8,750 of the $70,000 in fire insurance money the borough received from the state. Good Fellowship had requested twice that amount, and, according to John Gavin, president of the club's relief association, his group was treated unfairly by the council.
August 20, 1989 |
The way Joe Anderson sees it, no one should risk having a heart attack or a car accident in Cherry Hill between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. During those hours, he says, there's a chance that an ambulance will arrive too late to do any good. Anderson is a volunteer and captain of Squad 13-1, the group of emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, who cover the busy west side of Cherry Hill. On countless nights, he has waited - in the station and at home by his pager - for volunteers to respond to the emergency calls that come over the county dispatch radio.