Duncansville council soothed about AMED

DUNCANSVILLE — An official with Duncansville Emergency Medical Service reassured Borough Council at a recent meeting that the ambulance company’s pending deal with AMED won’t mean the end of the borough organization.

Duncansville EMS will still maintain its own subscriptions, employees and insurance after the oversight contract with AMED becomes final, said Brad Bert, Duncansville EMS board member and emergency medical technician for both Duncansville and AMED.

“Duncansville will remain a separate company,” Bert said. “It will just be managed by AMED.”

The two organizations arranged the deal because Duncansville office manager Sandy Mosel has taken a job at AMED, and the Duncans­ville company didn’t have a ready replacement.

Without the help — AMED will do the billing, scheduling, employee oversight and management of calls for assistance — the borough organization would be in danger of closing, AMED Executive Director Gary Watters has said.

Borough residents have worries, and those were aggravated by a recent response time of 22 minutes for an ambulance call, said Councilwoman Jeannette Mills.

The long response time had nothing to do with the pending deal, Bert said.

Rather, it took so long because Duncansville’s two ambulances and Hollidays­burg’s two were on other calls, so the county 911 Center had to summon one from Roaring Spring, Bert said.

“There’s been a lot of hearsay about what’s going to happen” — and about how the decision to go with AMED was made, Mills said.

“It’s been kind of like hush-hush,” she added.

“It’s not our intention for people to find out from the rumor mill,” Bert said.

The deal only seemed hush-hush because it first became known through the newspaper, as a result of AMED’s approving the deal at a public meeting, Bert said.

The deal became necessary after Mosel “couldn’t refuse” the better job with AMED, he said.

A man in the meeting audience asked whether AMED will honor Duncans­ville subscriptions after the deal becomes final.

Yes, Bert said.

The proposed deal is still being discussed by the organizations’ respective lawyers, Bert said.

Duncansville had an opportunity to work with Hollidays­burg American Legion Ambulance Service, but AMED offered to do the work for less, Bert said, in answer to a representative from the Hollidaysburg company who attended the meeting.

AMED will receive $32,000 a year for managing the Duncansville company, a break-even charge, Watters has said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.