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"I think sometimes when people are discharged from the hospital, or they're facing a medical crisis or facing some illness, they don't even know where to start," [Carli Bechtold] said.

Lancaster EMS community paramedicine program helps keep patients out of the ER 2/27/2024

Pennsylvanians who received an EMT, AEMT, EMR or paramedic certification after July 1. 2023, are eligible to have a portion of their tuition reimbursed.

State health department offers incentives for EMS Professionals 2/24/2024

"On the 911 side, we have to get there if there’s an emergency. And on the [community care] side of things, we want to get there," said Bechtold.

First responders across central Pa. prepare for second round of snowstorms 1/18/2024

"It feels really good," she said, "because it took a long time to build rapport within the community. … (T)hey know we are here, and they are willing and ready to use us."

Refresh Lancaster shower truck passes 1,000 showers, hosts summer season kickoff 6/6/2023

On Tuesday, first responders were recognized for their life-saving efforts on Father's Day in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

First responders recognized for life-saving efforts in Lancaster County 11/2/2022
Editor's Note: The article linked above incorrectly refers to Lancaster EMS as West Hempfield EMS. There is no such agency as West Hempfield EMS. Lancaster EMS is the second due responding agency for West Hempfield and responded to the described incident. Please refer to our interactive Service Area map for more information regarding our response area.

It's important to help reduce back injuries, to know what you're going into, to be able to figure out what a situation looks like, to help keep themselves safe as they're moving and lifting patients," Ann R. Seaton, an athletic trainer from Lancaster General Health Sports Medicine, said.

Lancaster EMS to begin offering athletic training services to employees 7/8/2022

The arrangement is the first of its kind in the area and the work includes prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning.

Lancaster EMS, LG Health partner to offer athletic training to emergency responders 7/7/2022

“Every day these EMS professionals move heavy equipment and patients. In order to prevent low back injuries, it is important for them to have proper moving and lifting techniques,” said Ann Seaton, Physician Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer at LG Health.

Athletic trainer to help Lancaster EMS workers 7/7/2022

“We're idling, we're driving lots of miles, and every penny that gas prices go up has a sizable impact on us,” said Jerry Schramm, Director of Operations at Lancaster EMS.

Record High Gas Prices Affecting EMS 6/3/2022

“It makes me feel like I’m doing something it’s paying off what we’re doing that we’re actually going to be doing something productive for this community,” Raffensberger said.

First graduating class of Lancaster EMT academy helps with staffing shortages 11/19/2021

“It makes it as easy as possible. We want to be as open, no barriers, no questions,” said Bob May, executive director for Lancaster EMS.

Mobile hygiene unit to provide showers, medical services unveiled in Lancaster 11/19/2021

"Several EMS crews and hospitals report they have seen an influx of calls and patients as they scramble to find more beds and staffing."

EMS and hospitals are under pressure—what does it mean for patients? 11/6/2021

“It's overwhelmingly stressful. You never know what you're going to experience when you come into work that day,” said Jerry Schramm, with Lancaster EMS.

Some central Pennsylvania hospitals are diverting ambulances 9/17/2021

“When I heard they could come to my home, that made it so much better. Because of my disabilities, it’s hard for me to move from A to B, so coming to my home was the key to this whole thing. I was so glad to hear that when they called.”

Lancaster EMS Brings the COVID-19 Vaccine to Homes 2/21/2021

“It’s important for us to take that supply that we have and administer it equitably,” May said.

Mobile clinic at Lancaster church brings equity to vaccination efforts 2/21/2021

“It has been a really exciting opportunity. We are very blessed to have a pathway through the Department of Health to give chilhood vaccinations. It was a natural next step." -Dr. Mike Reihart

Feb. 20, 2021: WGAL In Focus 2/20/2021

“It was clear yesterday the people we vaccinated probably would have not been vaccinated if it wasn’t for us coming to them,” Lancaster EMS Executive Director, Bob May, said.

Mobile vaccination clinic helping to distribute doses in Lancaster County 2/11/2021

"'At that point, we were averaging four, five patients a day. Now we're running averages up to about eight', Lt. Andy Gilger said."

Lancaster EMS responding to twice as many coronavirus-related calls compared to spring 12/8/2020

"T-Mobile is supporting events like this one all over the country to honor our incredibly selfless and brave First Responders. Now, more than ever, we rely on them to keep us safe and what better way to show a small token of our gratitude than making sure they have a warm meal and a 'thank you'."

T-Mobile thanking First Responders with a free meal at Clipper Magazine Stadium 10/29/2020

"'During the pandemic, our emergency responders have become more important than ever,' Gov. Wolf said."

Gov. Wolf Visits Lancaster EMS to Thank Emergency Responders for Work During COVID-19 7/30/2020

"[Aura Espresso Room donated] $1000 and presented checks, along with giftcards, to police, fire, hospital, and EMS workers."

Aura Espresso Room Raises Money for First Responders 6/24/2020

"The Exterior Company donated 50 meals to the Lancaster EMS team, all to make sure dads felt appreciated on their special day."

Lancaster EMS fathers gifted meals on Father's Day 6/21/2020

"Two groups in Lancaster are making sure that dads who had to work today did not go unnoticed."

Father's Day Lunch for First Responders 6/21/2020

"Here at Plough Restaurant, Chef Ryan McQuillan and his friends from the High Real Estate Group are making and creating a difference."

Lancaster County restaurant donating food to front line workers for National EMS Week 5/10/2020

"Our congregation was very excited. I think they realize the risk these people are taking in serving on the front lines, the sacrifice, the long hours, the disruption to their families that their job causes."

Mother's Day giveaway for front line workers 5/10/2020

"We are grateful once again to have the opportunity to work with the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization committed to serving America's heroes and their loved ones. The Foundation has a long history of honoring first responders, and we are proud to be working with them to identify first responder departments, including both fire and EMT station, across the county where essential equipment, like our tires, can have the greatest impact,"

Gary Sinise Foundation, tire company donate new tires for emergency vehicles 5/5/2020

"Cooper tires, and the Gary Sinise Foundation, are donating brand new tires to Lancaster EMS for their rigs. It's part of a nation-wide program that gave tires to eight EMS agencies."

Tires are donated to Lancaster EMS 5/3/2020

“In EMS, you're exposed to a lot of things and you're always careful, and you you put every precaution in place, but with this particular virus, there's so many patients who are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms so it's in the back of your head, 'have I been exposed or not and haven't known it’”

EMS workers conduct antibody testing to see if they have been exposed to COVID-19 4/30/2020

“Right now, we’ve got to stay focused. Stay home. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask in public. Cover coughs and sneezes. And wash hands often.

Thanks to you, we’re saving lives. But it’s not time to let up.”

#IMIN for stopping COVID-19. Are you IN? 4/26/2020

“It makes it feel extra special. Especially to have a veteran who is giving so much back to the community, who has already gave so much to his country,”

Army veteran serves meals to first responders 4/15/2020

Appreciation for the agency has been strong the past few days, he said. "We're much appreciative of it"

Ensuring appreciation: Insurance companies team up to serve Lancaster EMS food 3/27/2020