Dewey Fire Co. Ambulance Squad is a part
of the Dewey Fire Company out of Hellertown, Pennsylvania. The station consists
of 4 Pennsylvania Department of Health Licensed ambulances, 3 of which can be ALS (or Paramedic staffed) at any time, 1 BLS QRV and 1 ATV with full and
part time career staff of 50, consisting
of 25 EMTs & 25 Paramedics; and volunteer members consisting of 4 EMT's and 2 First Responders. Dewey EMS had been one of the busiest BLS only EMS agencies in Northampton County. Since 2010, Dewey EMS is an ALS service 24/7.
Dewey EMS serves the emergency care and transportation of the Borough of Hellertown and all of Lower Saucon Township. The ambulance also help aid the communities surrounding the Hellertown/Lower
Saucon area, including; Freemensburg Borough, Williams Township, Bethlehem Township & Bethlehem City,
all in Northampton County, Upper Saucon & Salisbury Townships, Lehigh County and Springfield Township, Bucks County.
The EMS staff is lead by 7 highly trained personnel within the department. While the positions of Captain and Assistant Captain are elected by the company, the positions of Lieutenant are appointed with the consent of the current officers. The career staff & paramedic supervisors are hired by the Captain and Assistant Captain. They are:
Dewey EMS is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council, which is a six country governing body for the PA Department of Health. All EMS agencies in the following counties are required to go through licensure by the Eastern PA EMS Council; Northampton, Lehigh, Berks, Monroe, Carbon & Schuykill Counties
Dewey EMS Receives help from a multitude of
stations. This is mainly due to our wide area of coverage and the different
types of calls we receive. For the BLS or Basic Life Support end of this support
we receive help from the following agencies; Bethlehem Township Vol. Fire Co.
EMS (Northampton County(N.C.) St. 17), Easton
Emergency Sq. (N.C. St. 20), Coopersburg EMS (L.C. St. 64), Upper Saucon Township EMS (L.C. 72) and
Upper Bucks EMS (Bucks County [B.C.] St. 141/142).
Dewey EMS also receives ALS or Advanced Life
Support Mutual Aid when the number of calls outnumber the amount of ALS units we have up and running at one time. The main ALS service that
we receive assistance from is Bethlehem Township Fire Co. EMS (N.C. 17 or 17Medic1). Outside of this company's services,
depending upon their availability, location, and/or the severity of the call,
we also gain ALS support from the following agencies; Bethlehem City EMS (N.C. St. 10),
Upper Bucks EMS (Bucks 141/142), Easton Emergency Squad
(N.C. St. 20), Suburban Rescue (N.C. St. 27), and Lehigh Valley Hospital MedEvac 1, 2, 4, or 7 from the Lehigh
Valley Hospital and Health Network. or PennSTAR 3 or 4, which are part of the
University of Pennsylvania/St. Luke's Health Network.
In an effort to provide the best EMS service possible, we will typically transport to the closest appropriate facility, which 90% of the time will be St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill. However, if your condition is such that will permit you to be transported to another facility, by your request, we will do our best to honor such requests. We will transport patients to the following hospitals;
St. Luke's University Hospital, Bethlehem (Fountain Hill)
St. Luke's Hospital, Andersen Campus
St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus
St. Luke's Hospital, Quakertown
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest and I-78
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus
Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew, Allentown
Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown
Easton Hospital, Easton City
We will not transport to facilities beyond these, unless directed to do so during a mass casualty incident, due to the distance and time involved in transporting to further facilities.