Bloomsburg Ambulance was established in 1957. Currently we have 3 Ambulance units that serve Bloomsburg, Espy, Catawissa, Numidia and surrounding municipalities. MICU 61, Ambulance 62, and Ambulance 63. We respond to emergency calls dispatched by the East Central Emergency Network, which is the 911 center for Columbia and Montour County. We do not offer Non-Emergency scheduled services at this time. We currently have 8 elected volunteer Board of Directors: President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, Supervisor of Records and Monies, Chief Driver, Supervisor of Equipment, Director at Large, and the Director of Annual League Membership.
In 1999, Bloomsburg Ambulance entered into a partnership with Greater Columbia Medical Transport Service. Bloomsburg Ambulance offers Basic Life Support Services (BLS), but with GCMTS, we are able to work with our partner to provide the highest level of care called "Advanced Life Support"(ALS). MICU 61 is staffed with a Paramedic and an EMT, capable of providing Advanced Life Support. 'MICU' stands for Mobile Intensive Care Unit. Our partnership with GCMTS was formed to better serve the Bloomsburg Community and its surrounding areas.
A common question, "What's the difference between ALS and BLS?" The simple answer is: ALS is Advanced Life Support and BLS is Basic Life Support, ALS units are staffed with an EMT, along with a Paramedic or Pre-Hospital Register Nurse, Physician Extender (Healthcare Professional) or an ER Physician. An ALS truck is dispatched by a 911 Center based on the severity and type of emergency relayed to the 911 Center. BLS units are staffed with an EMT and along with an EMR (First Responder) or an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). A BLS unit is summoned to lower level emergency calls, that may not warrant the dispatch of an ALS unit, based on the information a 911 center receives. NOTE: in some cases, a BLS unit, may be closer to an emergency scene where an ALS unit is due to respond; In those cases a BLS unit will be dispatched to respond and begin care of the emergency patient until the ALS unit arrives, the BLS unit may begin transport to the closest ER or plan to meet at an intercept point to meet the ALS unit.