The first fire engine on scene the night of the Kingswood Apartment Fire was designated as Engine 56, and I thought this would be a good time to share with the community the changes in the delivery of fire and EMS services to further enhance our capability for you. Over the last few months Chief Rubin and the officers of the volunteer fire companies have been working on a new response system to provide more efficient service delivery. Between the hours of 6:00PM and 6:00AM and throughout the weekend, there are four members from our volunteer fire companies who commit to service by being in a township fire station, with an additional four members committing to respond from home, for dispatched emergencies. In addition, two fire officers are assigned each week to respond to calls and support the duty crew system. Known as Engine 56, the responding crew rotates to a different station each of the four weeks, with the respond-from-home crew responding from the other side of the township, (one from one side of Rt. 202 and one from the other) respectively. This provides a greater assurance of a timely and qualified response to fire and critical medical events.
Also, over the last three months, over 20 volunteers have been trained to provide emergency medical services and sat for their exam on February 29, thus enhancing our provision of emergency medical services.
These volunteers are to be commended! First – for taking on these next generation delivery systems; second – for expanding their knowledge and skills in emergency medicine; and third – for making this commitment to Upper Merion in an era when volunteerism is waning.
The Upper Merion Township Board of Supervisors is committed to keeping the volunteer fire companies and the volunteer system as long as possible, and this commitment by the volunteers suggests the companies and members are eager to support the next generation system and are going to be around for a long, long time.
Thank you members of the Swedeland Volunteer Fire Company, Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company, and King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, for your excellent work in the name of public safety for Upper Merion Township.
Bill Jenaway, Chairman