A Local Solution to
Our Local Emergency
Services Crisis

Ensuring EMS continues to be
available in Northwest Lancaster

A New Regional
Emergency Services
Authority

Led by local municipalities.
Guided by local residents like you.

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The Local EMS Crisis

Emergency medical services in the northwestern portion of Lancaster County are provided by Northwest EMS, a non-profit organization that traces its roots to the merger of the Elizabethtown Fire Company Ambulance and the Northwest Advanced Life Support Unit in January 2000.

EMS in Northwest Lancaster is at Risk

While we are truly fortunate to have Northwest EMS as the emergency medical services provider in our community, the organization’s future is at risk. Why? Insufficient revenue and rising costs.

The bottom line: Northwest EMS has operated at a deficit over the past six years. The expected budget shortfall for 2022 is over $500,000. Unless this crisis is addressed, Northwest EMS will be insolvent in a few years.

The Solution: A New Community
Model for EMS Services

Municipal leaders and the Northwest EMS Board of Directors have been meeting quarterly since 2018. At the start of 2021, a committee of Northwest EMS leaders, volunteers and local municipal leaders began studying this situation and exploring alternatives.

The committee is proposing the creation of a regional Emergency Services Authority, which will address the challenges that jeopardize emergency services in our community and fulfill the statutory requirement for municipalities to provide EMS services with more fiscal stability.

The bottom line: The new EMS authority would ensure that EMS services continue to be available in our community 24/7/365, potentially saving your life or the life of your loved one.

Northwest Lancaster Municipal Partners

Local municipalities are joining together to address the local EMS crisis

Municipalities that have passed resolutions indicating interest in joining the regional Emergency Services Authority:

Timeline

June/July 2022

Municipalities confirm intent/interest to join the authority.

August 31, 2022

Municipalities host a Public Hearing on the proposed incorporation of an Authority.

September/October 2022

Municipalities consider enacting authority incorporation ordinances following public meeting.

November 2022

First meeting of the newly formed authority held.

February 2023

Public meeting held on the authority’s services and fees.

Fall 2023

The authority begins providing services.

Emergency Services Authority FAQs

You would pay an annual fee on par with today’s Northwest EMS subscription rates (between $70-$85), or your municipality would pay the authority (depending on your municipality’s arrangement with the authority). Actual fees would be determined once the authority is incorporated.

Municipal residents would not receive residual bills if their insurance pays toward an ambulance bill. Residents would receive 50% off their ambulance bill if they have no insurance or if their entire ambulance bill went toward their insurance deductible.

State law requires that Pennsylvania municipalities ensure that EMS services are provided to their residents. If a municipality chooses not to participate with the new regional authority, it will have to find another way to fulfill its obligation to provide EMS services, including financing and operating such services.

Step 1: Municipalities confirm intent/interest to join the authority (June/July 2022).

Step 2: Municipalities host a Public Hearing on the proposed incorporation of an Authority (August 31, 2022).

Step 3: Municipalities consider enacting authority incorporation ordinances following public meeting (September/October 2022).

Step 4: First meeting of the newly formed authority held (November 2022).

Step 5: Public meeting held on the authority’s services and fees (February 2023).

Step 6: The authority begins providing services (Fall 2023).

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