History

1981 -- Citizens of the City of Erie who suffered a life-threatening illness or injury faced a higher risk of death and disability than occupants of cities with a pre-hospital advanced life support (ALS) system. Erie Mayor Lou Tullio approached Hamot Medical Center, Saint Vincent Health Center and Metro Health Center with a plea to address the need for enhanced pre-hospital care.

July 1983 -- EmergyCare was born from a joint venture between the three area hospitals. We opened our doors with a staff of 32 and 5 emergency vehicles.

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1984 -- Less than one year following our inception, EmergyCare expanded from providing basic life support (BLS) care to establishing an advanced life support (ALS) system.

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1984 -- EmergyCare recognized a need in the community for wheelchair transportation, which we met by establishing our wheelchair division.

1985 -- After considering several different methods of funding the new service, the board of directors initiated our annual membership campaign.

1985 -- At the request of Millcreek Volunteer Fire Departments, we placed a paramedic response unit in Millcreek to provide advanced life support care to the Township.

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1986 -- Despite our growth, a major component of the pre-hospital system was still missing and thus LifeStar air medical program was launched.

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1987-1989 -- EmergyCare focused on enhancing the level of service provided to the east side of Erie and the eastern portion of the county. We opened a new station on Buffalo Rd. and placed paramedic response vehicles at both Harborcreek and Kuhl Hose volunteer fire departments.

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August 1988 -- Because our organization has grown so quickly, there evolved a need to expand our dispatch center. EmergyCare purchased property and transformed it into the most state-of-the art communications system in the area at that time.

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Early 1990s -- EmergyCare turned our attention to the southern portion of Erie county where ALS service was not yet being provided. To address this need, we stationed a paramedic response at Union City volunteer fire department.

1991 -- EmergyCare was recognized for its excellence when we were awarded the "Ambulance Service of the Year Award" from PA Emergency Health Service Council (PEHSC). LifeStar received the "MBB Air Medical Safety Award".

1991 -- EmergyCare was awarded the "Community Service Award" by the American Ambulance Association (AAA).

1992 -- EmergyCare Training Institute was awarded a contract to conduct EMS training for Erie County.

1995 -- EmergyCare was approached by Warren General Hospital with a request that we purchase TransCare Systems and take over ambulance response in the Warren area.

1995 -- EmergyCare entered into a joint venture with Corry Memorial Hospital to form CASI (Corry Ambulance Service Inc.).

1995 -- We identified a need for a new service, that of caring for and transporting the most critically ill and injured patients to healthcare facilities that can provide that patient a higher level of care or specialized treatment. Our Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) was placed into commission. Staffed with an EMT, a Paramedic, and a registered nurse, all specially trained in critical care, this team has cared for thousands of patients over the years.

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1998 -- EmergyCare continued to regionalize by acquiring Kane Ambulance Service again at their request, and instituting a ALS system in this rural setting as well.

1998 -- We turned our attention to Millcreek Township. Our strong membership support in the area led us to open a station in this area to decrease response times and serve our Millcreek neighbors even more efficiently.

1998 - We are proud to partner with the City of Erie Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team by establishing a S.W.A.T. Paramedic team. This team, highly trained not only in medical care but also in special tactics and high-risk situations, responds to S.W.A.T. calls and provides medical support to the officers.

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2000 -- Meadville EMS, originally a joint venture between EmergyCare and Rural Metro, confronted challenges in the Meadville market leading to Rural Metro withdrawing from the partnership. EmergyCare stayed, forming our Meadville Division.

September 2003 -- At their request for assistance, we purchased Titusville Ambulance Service.

October of 2008 -- EmergyCare withdrew from the Meadville area because there was not enough demand to warrant two EMS providers in the community.

Late 2008 -- Volunteer fire department representatives from eastern Erie County noticed that they were having difficulty staffing their ambulances during the week, a time when many volunteers are working and unavailable. They approached EmergyCare and requested that we station ambulances in those areas. Currently, these units are stationed at Harborcreek and Kuhl Hose fire departments.

2008 -- EmergyCare instituted the latest technology in cardiac care. This provides paramedics with a better "view" of a patient’s heart and allows them to recognize and treat heart attacks more quickly. It also allows them to transmit this vital information to emergency room physicians long before reaching the hospital.

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