Shaler-Hampton EMS partnership 'going very well'
Hampton Township Council unanimously approved the enactment of the ordinance to enter into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with Shaler Township regarding operations of emergency medical services at its meeting Jan. 24.
Council also approved to reimburse Shaler $39,593 for December staffing costs.
The agreement for the now Shaler-Hampton EMS lays out the terms and conditions to provide for the partnership in regard to the operations of the EMS, said Chris Lochner, municipal manager for Hampton Township.
The Shaler-Hampton EMS board will be comprised of representatives from both the townships. Each will share governance of operations and costs, if any, he said.
Hampton Township voted to cease the former Hampton EMS as its preferred provider as of Dec. 31, 2017. However, this organization stopped its operations at the end of November, and Shaler EMS immediately began serving Hampton as its preferred provider, a month earlier than the previously expected.
Regardless, Lochner said Shaler has had a steady presence at its new station at the Hampton Township Police Department since then.
At the time, Shaler EMS was not yet at its preferred capacity of employees in December to begin as Hampton's preferred provider and incurred more than $70,000 in mostly staffing and overtime expenses. They asked Hampton if it would split the costs, according to Lochner.
He recommended funding the request as not only did the costs come by serving Hampton residents, but is “ a good way to walk into a partnership.”
Additionally, they have been pleased with operations and response times “dramatically improved.”
Joe Johnson, service manager for the Shaler EMS, said they have received a lot of support from Hampton.
“Everything is going very well,” said Johnson. “We've had a lot of cooperation from township and police department.”
Johnson said they've had one truck at Hampton and one at the Shaler site since December and they recently added a second truck at its Shaler site, as it also services Etna.
Johnson said they anticipate their calls increasing by 50 percent for this year by now serving Hampton.
• Board appointments were also made to the Shaler-Hampton Intergovernmental Committee including board members Carolynn Johnson with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2018, Bethany Blackburn, term expiring Dec. 31, 2019, and Lochner, term expiring Dec. 31, 2020.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.