Ambulance and Main Station Damaged in Overnight Fire
Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, March 28th, alarms and sprinkler systems were activated at the main station of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lower Merion & Narberth (VMSC, 101 Sibley Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003) after an ambulance parked in the vehicle bay caught fire.
The two staff members on duty exited the station without injury and 911 was called to report the fire in the ambulance bay.
Crews from fire stations 23 (Bryn Mawr), 24 (Gladwyne), 25 (Ardmore), and 26 (Narberth) responded to the call. Ambulance 34-7 and Medic Unit 108 from Haverford Township also came to the station.
The bay area of the station sustained extensive fire, smoke and water damage. And, significant smoke and water damage was sustained in the administrative and staff quarters of the building. One ambulance appears to be a total loss, including all equipment and pharmaceuticals stocked in the ambulance for use on calls.
Damage assessments on the building, vehicles and equipment located at the Ardmore station are underway and are expected to be quite substantial in cost.
VMSC is covering Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough at normal capacity with three staffed Advanced Life Support Ambulances. The VMSC Conshohocken Station was unaffected and remains staffed with one Advanced Life Support Ambulance. In a demonstration of service sector solidarity, VMSC of Lansdale and Manoa Ambulance have both loaned one truck each to VMSC of Lower Merion. On a temporary basis, operations have been moved to the Gladwyne Fire Company (1044 Black Rock Rd, Gladwyne).
VMSC vendors are inspecting and cleaning all safety, electrical and HVAC systems and medical equipment. All disposable medical equipment needs to be replaced due to smoke and water damage.
VMSC of Lower Merion & Narberth extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to all Fire, Police and EMS departments who both responded to the incident and have contacted us to offer assistance. Members of the general public have also visited the station house and called offering best wishes and support. For all of the outpouring of support, VMSC is and will remain extremely grateful. Businesses and individuals interested in making donations toward the substantial costs to the company are welcome to do so by mail at: VMSC, 101 Sibley Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003, or by visiting our website at www.vmsc313.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” or “Support Us” links and specifying “In Support of the March 28 Fire Recovery” in the comments section.
For more information contact Chief Chris Flanagan at 805-410-4368 or John Dixon, Executive Director at the station at 610-645-9601 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Narberth Ambulance, also known as VMSC of Lower Merion and Narberth is a combination of volunteer and career emergency personnel. Narberth Ambulance provides emergency medical services to Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken.