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Williamsburg Ambulance closing at end of month

Hollidaysburg ambulance will cover area

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Ambulance Service will be closing its doors and going out of service at the end of the month.

“The board of directors and the Williamsburg Fire Company have tried over the past few years to keep the ambulance in service and running, but with declining reimbursement from insurance companies and lack of up and coming personnel to continue running and not covering calls as needed as a volunteer service and then financial burden, we can no longer continue to provide service for our community,” wrote board chairman Robert S. Craig.

Craig also wrote that Williamsburg will be getting primary coverage from the Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service, with second due being AMED.

“HALAS has been providing (advanced life support) EMS support to Williamsburg area since the ’80s. They have only had a BLS (EMTs) volunteer service. In 2005 Williamsburg was having a hard time getting volunteers to work their ambulances so we went into an agreement with them to use our employees to staff their ambulance 8-4 (Monday to Friday). This was paid for by Williamsburg EMS. Then afterwards, throughout the evening, their volunteers would staff the ambulance,” Jessica L. Sorge, HALAS executive director, wrote in an email.

“This staffing dwindled throughout the years to the point that HALAS began providing service almost exclusively from 4 p.m. till 8 a.m. throughout the week and all weekends.,” Sorge wrote.

For those who have memberships with Williamsburg Ambulance, the Hollidaysburg service will be honoring those until October 2020.

“We have had a longstanding mutual agreement with Williamsburg EMS. We have honored their memberships for years. We will continue to honor their membership till they expire in October of 2020, then we will give them the opportunity to become members of our service for the next year,” Sorge said.

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