New EMS service ready to roll in Berks on Feb. 19

New EMS service ready to roll in...

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The northeastern part of Berks County is about to be bolstered with more trained emergency medical personnel.

Northeastern Berks EMS is a new ambulance service that will begin responding to 911 calls on February 19.

"We put together an organization that really focuses on the needs of those communities that we serve," said Douglas Demchyk, the president of Northeastern Berks EMS.

It will be a crew of 15 part-time EMTs and paramedics based in the Kutztown area.

"We actually went live with operations, as far as training, January of this year," said Demchyk.

Demchyk said crews will serve Topton, Longswamp Township, and surrounding areas.  He said getting up and running has been a work in progress since December 2014. Obtaining licenses and equipment was a tough task. Even getting a new ambulance took about a year.

"This isn't something we could just do on our own and just launch right off the bat," he said. "A lot of time goes into it."

Demchyk said Northeastern Berks EMS' mission is to focus on the communities it serves.

"That doesn't just mean whenever you call 911 that we're going to respond out. We're going to do our due diligence ahead of time with more in-depth training with our personnel so that we're prepared," said Demchyk.

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