SWOYERSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) After 70 years the Swoyersville Police Community Ambulance Association has shut its doors.
Over the years volunteers and money have dried up. Members tell Eyewitness News with the lack of volunteers and support from the borough they are now closing.
Last month the borough voted to have Trans-Med be the first one called when an emergency arises. In 911 terms that’s called “first due.” The borough then put the volunteers organization “second due” essentially sidelining them.
“It came as quite a shock to us that they decided to put us as “second due” in our own town. Basically they finically crippled us,” said Wendy Specht, President of the association.
“They didn’t have the volunteers, they didn’t have the crew, they didn’t have the man power to operate the ambulance,” said Mayor Christopher Concert, Swoyersville.
The borough is looking at contracting Trans-Med or Kingston Ambulance, both 24 hour stations, to be its provider for on year.
The borough will be holding their monthly meeting on Monday. They are expected to vote on a contract with either Trans-Med or Kingston. Mayor Concert asks residents to attend to voice their concerns ahead of council’s vote.