MILFORD - The Pike County Commissioners met on Wednesday, November 1 at 9 a.m. They heard from Michael Mrozinski who addressed the situation of the loss of Advanced Life Support to a majority of the residents of Pike County created recently when the existing provider pulled out of the area on October 1.
The county and Pike County Council of Government (COG) developed a meeting on October 23 at the Training Center with the Commissioners and municipal officials to discuss what can be done in the future so that the area will be adequately covered. The outcome of that meeting was to see what assistance was available from the State.
Municipalities may need to work together and/or the County working as a whole regionalizing.
“We’re not sure what the best option is at this point,” said Mrozinski. The State offers programs through the Center for Local Government Services to provide assistance and technical assistance to the county and municipalities. A letter of intent needs to be signed by the county and the 13 municipalities before the State will become involved.
Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg pointed out that it is the legal responsibility of the municipalities to provide emergency services to their residents, but realizing the size of some of the municipalities and limited resources available to them, he is willing to have the county involved in finding the best services available and get them implemented in the county. This involves executing a letter of intent to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to conduct a feasibility study of a regionalized ALS and BLS ( Basic Life Support) service in Pike County.
He also opined that in the future this could also become an issue with fire departments as well. Mrozinski explained that there is, in fact, still some areas in Pike County with advanced life support and that is also functioning as mutual aid for those areas that don’t.
The ALS service is intercepting the BLS vehicles on Interstate 84. Mrozinski said that the problem is statewide.
The next regular meeting of the Commissioners will be on Wednesday, November 15 at 9 a.m. at the Administration Building, 506 Broad St., Milford.