NEW BERLIN – Taking an initiative to address the ambulance shortage in the area, one local fire district will be purchasing the equipment needed to provide emergency services to its residents.
In a press release sent out Tuesday, New Berlin Mayor Carol Riley explains the history as well as the recent concerns for emergency services. Riley said New Berlin’s ambulance started in 1955 with one vehicle at the village fire department. Until 1971, that volunteer unit provided residents in New Berlin and its surronding area with emergency coverage. By 1977, two ambulances had been purchased and the Pittsfield Township left the district and the service remained steady until 1999.
Due to a shortage of manpower, Riley said, and concerns of taxpayers, funding for one ambulance was eliminated and the other one was turned into a first response unit. “From that time until now, they have operated as a First Response EMS Unit of the New Berlin Fire Department, with Gray’s Ambulance and more recently Superior Ambulance providing patient transports,” said Riley.