Elverson-Honey Brook EMS

The Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS will no longer be the primary provider to calls within Wallace Township.

ELVERSON — The Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS will no longer be the primary provider to calls within Wallace Township.

Westwood Fire Company has assumed primary coverage in a move that took place Jan. 1, 2020, according to Glenmmore Fire Company Chief Paul DeCarlo.

In a letter to its members, the board of directors of the Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS said it is saddened by the decision to drop its organization.

"As we enter a new decade, we continue to provide care to over 30,000 people within the Elverson, Honey Brook, Morgantown and Glenmoore areas," the directors said in the letter. "This vital mission could not be accomplished without your generosity and participation in our yearly membership-donation drive and through your elected officials, many of whom allocate tax money towards our service. Although we may be called to assist within your community, our organization has been stripped of our initial response area."

Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS provides Basic Life Support (BLS) Services Elverson Borough, Honey Brook Borough, West Nantmeal, East Nantmeal, Wallace, Warwick, and Honey Brook townships in Chester County; New Morgan Borough and Caernarvon, Robeson and Union townships in Berks County; and Caernarvon Salisbury townships in Lancaster County.

Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS is an independent non-profit organization and relies on donations and memberships from the community.

According to the Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS board of directors, tax revenue from municipalities totaled less than 1 percent of its yearly budget, while Westwood Fire Company solicited nearly 30 times that amount.

All ambulance memberships will be honored by Westwood Fire Company, (Station 44), said Glenmoore Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Seese. West Brandywine Township is working on accommodations for Westwood's new station.

"We are saddened by this decision, not only because of the abrupt notification and lack of openness and communication, but more importantly the effect on our community," the board of directors said in its letter. "As other EMS organizations across our commonwealth suffer, Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS has primarily survived on your charitable donations and utilization of our service. Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS will continue our commitment of providing premier emergency care and the tenets of fiscal responsibility. We look forward to serving you again once this temporary situation subsides."

Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMA chief and director of operations is Joseph Carmen. Christopher Dunlap is Elverson division captain and Craig Huntsinger is Honey Brook division captain. Westwood fire chief is Mike McWilliams.

Elverson EMS and Honey Brook Fire Company Ambulance Division merged into on single company, Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS just five years ago. The Elverson station remains Station 89, while Honey Brook moves from Station 33 to Station 189.

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