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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Berwyn Heights Places Volunteer Paramedic Ambulance In Service

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BERWYN HEIGHTS, MARYLAND, MARCH 19, 2014 – The Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. (BHVFD) is proud to announce that Paramedic Ambulance 814 went in service at 7AM this morning as part of a pilot program for the department to provide advanced life support (ALS) services to the citizens and visitors of Berwyn Heights. This program will significantly enhance the department’s emergency medical capabilities in addition to the department’s ability to provide dependable fire and rescue services.

On days like today when a volunteer paramedic and specially trained driver are available at the station the paramedic ambulance will be placed in service. The volunteer paramedic has not only committed
hundreds of hours to attaining national certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical
Technicians but has also been licensed by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems and certified as a volunteer provider by Prince George’s County Fire Department. The volunteer driver has been also been trained above and beyond their certification level by attending an 8-hour “ALS Assist” class to be able to support life-saving efforts in the ambulance.

The paramedic ambulance will utilize one of the two ambulances owned by the BHVFD. The ALS
equipment is provided by Prince George’s County Fire Department to allow administration of advanced
level medications and interventions for critically ill patients. Though the paramedic ambulance will have an increased capability to mitigate serious medical emergencies it will still be available for dispatch to basic life support calls within our area.

“We hope that this new service will benefit our residents and visitors as well as foster an environment of continuous improvement and education for our EMS members,” said James Hurley, President of the
BHVFD, “As a department, we want to be a place where people who want to be the best emergency
medical provider or firefighter comes to serve their community, train, and gain experience.” The BHVFD
offers free firefighter and medical training at the basic life support level for its members.

Questions may be directed to Fire Chief Danny McCoy at DMcCoy@bhvfd14.org or by calling the
BHVFD at (301) 474-7886.

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