The 2012 Pennsylvania State EMS Awards were held on Monday, November 19th at the Radisson Harrisburg Hotel and Conference Center in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. These annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding community service as part of Pennsylvania’s emergency medical services system. The awards ceremony is presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.
This award honors a large volume EMS agency for their contribution to the development and growth of quality prehospital care within their community by demonstrating a consistent pattern of timely care delivery, working cooperatively with surrounding EMS agencies, and by supporting professional development activities for its providers.
This year’s recipient is Second Alarmers Rescue Squad of Montgomery County. Over the past 5 to 10 years Second Alarmers has not only continued to provide excellent pre-hospital emergency medical care, but has overcome a number of challenges to become an even stronger community-focused organization.
In 2007 their primary response area expanded to include Whitpain Township, adding approximately 2500 additional emergency responses annually. They were formally recognized by several other municipalities as their primary EMS responder. In 2010, Second Alarmers was recognized as one of the top 100 best places to work by the Pennsylvania Foundation and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
They have established a community and healthcare CPR training center and conduct monthly programs to increase the availability of trained rescuers in the community. Second Alarmers Rescue Squad has taken countless steps to improve the pre-hospital care in their community; including the development of a nationally recognized stroke assessment tool.