Local ambulance service closes for good, leaves 5 municipalities to fend for new service

Local ambulance service closes for good, leaves 5 municipalities to fend for new service

A local ambulance service is shutting its doors for good, leaving the five municipalities it covers to fend for new service.

Laurel Valley Ambulance Service says it provided 90-day notice to its municipalities, but it had to close up sooner than earlier than expected because it did not have enough staffing to answer calls.

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The list of affected municipalities include New Florence, Seward, St. Clair Township, Fairfield Township and parts of East and West Wheatfield Townships.

Laurel Valley officials told Channel 11 they need to answer more than 100 calls a month just to break even financially, and the station only gets about 34 calls per month.

New Florence's mayor said they just struck a deal to have West End Ambulance in Johnstown cover their community. That station is about 11 miles away.

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