Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide the residents of Fairview Township, Lewisberry Borough, New Cumberland Borough, Northern York County, and its surrounding communities with the best emergency medical services possible through an innovative and aggressive continuing education training program and a professional application of current practices and protocols.
Some History on Fairview Township EMS
Our organization is a small non-profit emergency medical service that provides primary Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support pre-hospital care to the 17,000 residents of Fairview Township and Lewisberry Borough, as well as primary Advanced Life Support to the 7,000 residents of New Cumberland Borough in Cumberland County and mutual aid response to the surrounding communities. Our primary area of response covers an approximately 38 square mile area, rural/residential located in the South East region of Pennsylvania, between Harrisburg, York and Lancaster.
The organization began its existence as a part of Fairview Township Fire Department, located at 340 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland, PA and in 1989 separated from the Fire Department to form what is now known as Fairview Township Emergency Medical Services, Inc. The organization has grown significantly since its separation. We have grown from a combination paid / volunteer staff to a totally paid staff providing 24 hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year service with various levels of certified personnel.
The organization is currently housed at 522 Locust Road, New Cumberland, PA in the community grounds complex. The Station features four bays, office space and crew quarters.
In August 2008, Fairview Township EMS became a licensed Advanced Life Support Provider, and now has a Paramedic staffed 24 hours a day to respond to critical calls.
The organization currently utilizes 1 Advanced and Basic Life Support Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and 2 Basic Life Support Ambulances, either of which can be converted to an Advanced and Basic Life Support MICU at a moment’s notice. We also utilize 2 Quick Response Service squad units to respond to calls for service when our ambulances are already responding to other incidents, or additional help is needed at an incident. We primarily respond to calls in Fairview Township and Lewisberry Borough, as well as Advanced Life Support Calls to New Cumberland Borough, however we often offer mutual aid to surrounding townships and boroughs as needed.
In January of 2013, the organization began testing an advanced mapping service through Active 911 which provides easier access to dispatches received at the station, and automatically chooses the most efficient route to every call similar to CAD mapping. This service became a permanent part of the organization in May of 2013.
The organization’s goals are to provide the highest quality care to the residents that we serve. We have been a proactive community service by implementing several programs over the past several years such as the senior citizen discount membership program, the certification of our chief’s vehicle as a quick response unit to respond to the needs of the sick and injured when one or all of our ambulances are already responding to incidents, the training and implementation of epinephrine auto-injectors on-board our ambulances, obtaining the capabilities of caring for pediatric patients in cardiac arrest with early defibrillation, and participation in the CPAP for BLS pilot program.
The organization has also held various fund raisers such as selling reflective address signs so that we are able to locate a resident’s home during an emergency. We have also participated in various community events to raise awareness of the services that we are able to provide, and that we are here in their time of need.