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Berwyn Fire Company Needs Your Help for EMS

One of Chester County's busiest Emergency Medical Services units needs your help to to pay for providing life-saving services.

Think of it as a reverse call for help from one of the busiest and best trained EMS companies in the county and all of Pennsylvania.  Berwyn Fire Company has launched its 2012 EMS fundraising drive and needs your help, no matter how big or small.

While Berwyn Fire Company and its EMS units are partially funded by ambulance fees and by both Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships, there is a huge need for donations from the public to help make up the difference between what those funds cover and the actual costs of providing the service.

Here's is a letter posted on the Berwyn Fire Company website that describes how the money is used to help save lives all over TE.

Dear Neighbor,

This year, as you develop your personal budget, I respectfully ask that you consider supporting The Berwyn Fire Company with a monetary donation. Your tax-deductible donation helps The Fire Company and its members invest in the best medical equipment and training. This is the same equipment and training that is utilized when the members of our community call 911. Please help ensure that The Berwyn Fire Company continues to provide top-notch emergency medical care for many years to come.

For the past 118 years, the Berwyn Fire Company has been there to protect you and your family should the unfortunate need for fire or rescue arise. For nearly half of that time, Berwyn's emergency medical services have also been there for you, ready to respond to any and all medical emergencies. In 2011, our First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Nurses and Doctors responded to 2,163 calls for help. Without a second thought, our volunteers and career staff answered these calls with professionalism and compassion. I hope that you may be just as eager to help us.

In addition to responding to over 2,100 emergency calls, Berwyn EMS proudly staffed many special events in 2011. These events included the 4th of July fireworks display at Tredyffrin's Wilson Farm Park, the Berwyn Victory Run and many local sporting events. Berwyn EMS is also celebrating an exciting anniversary this year. In September 2002, Berwyn established an Advanced Life Support (ALS) service. This added several highly experienced Paramedics, Pre-hospital Registered Nurses and a Pre-hospital Physician to our staff. The ALS program ensures that the highest level of pre-hospital care is available 24 hours a day to all of our residents. Berwyn's leadership will continually look at ways to improve our service through training and the use of the latest medical practices and technologies. However, the advances in care will not come without a price. Please help us continue to provide top-notch medical care by donating what you can to support The Berwyn Fire Company.

Thank you,

G. Christopher Griesser, NREMT-P
EMS Captain, Berwyn Fire Company

wendy paul August 12, 2012 at 04:14 PM
How does one donate on line? Thank you. Wendy paul
Marc August 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Wendy, If you click on the link (blue) in the 3rd paragraph above it will take you to the web site. Once there you can click on the gold "donate" button.

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