Trappe Fire Company Ambulance, which recently added Phoenixville Borough and portions of Upper Providence Township to its coverage area, has further improved its coverage capabilities by installing a permanent ambulance and crew at the Black Rock Fire Co. 1 on Bridge Street in Mont Clare.
In April, the squad assumed responsibility for Phoenixville Borough and sections of Upper Providence Township, which were formerly served by West End Ambulance. Since then, an ambulance at the Phoenix Hose Co. on Church Street has served Phoenixville Borough. As of July 1, the ambulance in Mont Clare will be staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, to service the Upper Providence area.
“This is a great asset to Upper Providence Township,” stated Michael Groff, deputy chief of the squad.
Without an ambulance in Mont Clare, emergency calls to the Upper Providence areas would have been covered by either Lower Providence Ambulance or Friendship Ambulance of Royersford.
“Moments count when you’re dealing with a life-threatening emergency,” Groff said, “The addition of a permanent ambulance and crew in close proximity to your service area means a significant reduction in time required to respond to calls.”
Twenty years ago, Trappe Ambulance ran out of one station at Fifth Avenue in Trappe Borough and responded to 1200 calls annually. In 2007, the squad took over responsibility for portions of Limerick Township and housed an ambulance as 24/7 at the Limerick Fire Co. station on Ridge Pike. Last year, the squad fielded 2500 calls between the Trappe and Limerick stations. This year, with the expansion to Phoenixville Borough and Upper Providence Township, Trappe Ambulance anticipates responding to an additional 1,500 calls, Groff predicted.
“This is a challenging venture for us,” said Clint Tichnell, Chief of Operations. “But we felt we now have the equipment and the manpower to make this work.”