Delaware County’s All-volunteer Ambulance Corps Upset Over Efforts To Bring In Part-time Staff

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By Walt Hunter and Todd Quinones

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (CBS) — Members of the Springfield, Delaware County Ambulance Corps fear a decision by the Board of Commissioners to bring in paid staff for some shifts could mark the “beginning of the end” for the only remaining all-volunteer unit in the county.

The Commissioners have decided that a full-time paramedic and EMT/driver, employed by a local hospital, will staff the Springfield headquarters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Volunteers will continue to provide service at other times and on weekends.

Kelly Sweeney, the corps president, says she fears that taking 50 percent of duties away from the 90 volunteers will discourage them and lead to them joining other ambulance crews. The end result, she fears, could be the disappearance of the all-volunteer unit which began 65 years ago.

In a press release announcing the decision…

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