On Saturday, February 10, from 9 am to 1 pm members of our crew, board and staff collected donations at the intersection of Sumneytown Pike and DeKalb Pike. We held out our buckets for loose change, and again, and again we were met with your smiles, thank you’s and generosity. Parents rolled down back windows so our youngest supporters could proudly drop the donation in from their car seats. Some shared their experiences with our services. Some gave very generously, and some apologized for being able to give more, though we assure you, EVERY gift is appreciated. If you happened to drop in some of your loose change on Saturday, know that your generous contributions combined to over $4,000! This money will be used to support the operations of your local community ambulance, assuring that professionally trained staff, and life-saving equipment will be available if someone you know needs help in an emergency.
We are committed to safety in our community, which includes providing education and services to prevent potential emergencies. One service we offer is FREE infant and child car-seat inspections. As a service to the community, and in partnership with the Upper Dublin Police Department, Community Ambulance Association of Ambler offered free car seat inspections at our station in December.
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, our trained and certified inspectors inspected 17 car seats with support from 5 volunteer car seat technicians. Some car seats needed to be tightened or altered to meet car seat or car manufacturer recommendations for installation. Details that might be adjusted are the rear/forward facing of the seat, recline, removal of so-called “after- market items” such as padding or mirrors to the seat, tightening of straps and re-positioning of 5-point harness.
Having the correct car seat installed correctly can protect a child from injury from a car accident – www.safekids.org reports the following general statistics for child and infant car seats:
Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States
Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent
Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly
If you’re interested in scheduling an infant or child car-seat inspection or attending a future event, please email email@example.com for more details.
To make a donation that will support our community education and services, go to amblerambulance.org or call 215-643-6517
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“I never even knew Community Ambulance Association of Ambler was there for me until I needed them.” – Wendy Fry
Wendy Fry is a resident of Ambler Borough who had never needed an ambulance and hadn’t given local ambulance service a second thought until her daughter Penny began having seizures at only 8 months old. During one particularly dangerous episode in January 2016, Penny’s life was in such danger that she was airlifted to CHOP. On this day Community Ambulance Association of Ambler (CAAA) coordinated with the Ambler Borough Police Department and Wissahickon Fire Department to treat and transport Penny.
Frightening months followed, as Penny continued to have frequent seizures, and the crews at CAAA became a crucial part of Wendy and Penny’s life. Crews from CAAA became reluctant regulars in the Fry home, and provided emergency transportation, IV’s and other services, but also compassion and comfort in uncertain times. As Penny required repeated services from CAAA, Wendy learned more about emergency medical services, and the value of a high-quality emergency medical service.
Wendy, like many of us, thought an ambulance service was much like a fire station, that received significant financial support from a local municipality and that high-quality ambulance service was a service that existed in all communities. Through her journey, Wendy learned that ambulance associations are more likely to be independent nonprofit organizations, and that community support is needed to make up the difference in funds collected for services and the actual operating expenses. She also learned that not all communities are lucky enough to have high quality emergency medical care. Given Penny’s medical needs, Wendy is grateful the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler is dedicated to providing highly-trained professionals, and exceeds the state required minimums for equipment and supplies.
She now says she encourages everyone, but especially families with young children to become members of CAAA. “The membership is so affordable, and greatly reduces the potential costs, should ambulance services be needed. But by supporting the ambulance association, you also ensure equipment and professional staff are available to others who need the services.”
The crews at CAAA became such a part of Wendy’s life, that she now serves on the Board as the representative from Ambler Borough, and we are thrilled to hear that Penny’s seizure disorder is currently well managed and she is a happy and energetic little girl.
An unexpected medical condition brought CAAA into Wendy and Penny’s lives, but CAAA is dedicated to serving all the Wendy’s and Penny’s in our community, whether the need is a single event or an on-going need like Penny’s was. Please support the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler by becoming a member or making a contribution today.
Your membership and generous gift ensure that professionally trained staff will have the training, support and equipment necessary to provide emergency medical care to all the Wendy’s and Penny’s in our community who may not even know they need us yet.
EMS Week is an annual celebration and recognition of EMS providers. This annual week of recognition is led by The American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMTs. The theme of EMS Week 2017 is “Always in Service.”
The talented and dedicated full time and part time staff at Community Ambulance Association of Ambler is certainly always in service, providing coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are so proud and grateful to our professional staff who provide emergency medical care to our friends and neighbors in Lower Gwynedd, Ambler Borough, and portions of Upper Dublin.
To celebrate EMS for Children day during EMS week, we were so lucky to have 2 families come in to visit us who have used our services. Thank you to the Fry and Morral families for visiting us and sharing your stories with our community!
Penny Fry is a vivacious 2-year-old who has found herself in need of our services because she has frequent seizures. Despite these challenges, she continues to have a spirit and personality larger than life, and her resilience is beautiful.
Erika, Brent, Reid, and Claire Morral also joined us. Claire, who is 14 months old, made her grand entrance into the world in the back of a CAAA ambulance, on the PA Turnpike, in the early morning hours of March 12, 2016. Mom and Dad were headed to the hospital, but Miss Claire had other ideas! We’re sure it makes for quite the story.
Community Ambulance Association, Ambler provides service to nearly 3,000 calls each year. We are touched to have of the families we served come to celebrate EMS week with us. While you expressed your thanks to us, we are honored to be of service to you during these times. Thank you for taking the time to join us Morral and Fry family’s!
Next year’s EMS week will be held May 20 – 26, 2018. Stay tuned to our website, blog, newsletter and Facebook pages for information on celebrations to be held in 2018.