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The Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association was founded July 1st of 1973. They started offering free emergency medical services to the residents of Mahoning Township and also responded on all fire calls answered by the Mahoning Valley Fire Co. During the year of 1973 there were 43 active members of which 30 were Emergency Medical Technicians and the remainder were trained in First Aid through the Red Cross. Records show that during their first year they responded to 22 emergency calls.

Monies were raised through car washes, baskets of cheer and turkey raffles. The original board members were: Robert W. Miller, Jr(President), John Vanderbeck(Vice President), Tom McCartney(Secretary), James Gombert(Treasurer), and Charles Eidem, Joseph Borghi and Norman Berger Directors. Later that year was the 1st Pancake and Sausage breakfast held at the Fire Co. The mission of the breakfasts were to “keep a free ambulance service readily available” to the people in Mahoning Township.

1974 was a more profitable year… ending checking account balance was 2.25 times they were the initial year. Other funds obtained through hoagie sales, foam easter eggs, and the bus going to local horse shows, carnivals and fairs selling food to increase funds available to the association.

The initial by-laws were adopted in 1975. The first radio was purchased in this year as well which allowed us to have communications with the Lehighton Fire Department. The first orange uniforms were purchased in March of 1975…
a trademark that some occasionally recognize us by.

1973 shows our initial ambulance, an International, being retired and replaced by our 1970 Cadillac which we purchased from the Lehigh Fire Co #1 for $1800. To this day we are still the proud owners of theĀ 1972 Cadillac which makes annual appearances at local parades and functions. This year is also very important for the association,the decision was made to purchase the old Gombert’s Market and construct a social hall. The current location at 902 Mill Road was the original site and where we still remain to this day.

In 1979 a high frequency radio was purchased through the Emergency Medical Services Association which made ambulance to hospital ER communications a reality. The next purchase was pagers so members could be directly alerted when the ambulance was requested. And the cuurent documented coverage area was a mere 55 square miles… from Leiby’s to Carbon Plaza and the Mauch Chunk Ridge to the Mahoning Mountain.

Bingo became legal in 1981 and Mahoning Valley Ambulance began holding weekly bingo every Friday evening…another tradition that continues to this day. During this year the monthly breakfasts were now being served in our new building. The ending financial secretary’s report for the close of business of 1982 shows a 17% increase in profits generated and a total of 151 emergency calls were answered.

Our first new ambulance was purchased in 1988 and in November of the same year the current mortgage was paid off early. Other ventures were the addition of Advanced Life Support Services in 1989. The mutual aid discussion with Penn Mahoning Ambulance, the original metal sign, and the yellow road signs designation the ambulance station all occurred between 1990 and 1992.

Jumping ahead to 1995 shows an increase in the number of emergency calls to 424. Also an additional $10 was added to subscriptions for the fees generated by patients requiring ALS interventions.

Our current building was constructed in 1995. Since it’s opening we have installed a state of the art bingo machine with verifier, sound system, computerized charting system and continue to hold various banquets and parties. We welcome the Mahoning Township Lions on Wednesday evenings.

Our success is a direct reflection of our members… their hard work, continued dedication and their commitment to excellence have allowed us to weather the storms that have closed some of the other organizations within the area. We will continue to provide top-notch medical care to the residents of Mahoning and East Penn Townships and the surrounding areas.