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The End of West End: Council Taps New EMS Company

Trappe Ambulance will take over EMS service in the borough as soon as April 1.

Phoenixville has a new EMS provider.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the borough council voted 7-0 to award Trappe Ambulance a three-year contract to replace West End Fire Co., The Mercury is reporting.

The vote marked the end of what had grown to be a rocky relationship between the borough and the EMS provider.

citing dissatisfaction with West End’s service, the borough voted unanimously to shop for a new provider, but said it would keep the door open for West End to retain the contract.

On October 23, West End responded, writing an open letter that accused the borough government of, among other charges, “compromising” the safety of Phoenixville residents by diminishing fire-fighting capabilities. At the next borough council meeting, vice president Michael Speck called the allegations “malicious.”

At any rate, both parties will now move on.

Councilman David Gautreau told the Mercury that Tuesday’s vote came down to Trappe Ambulance and Uwchlan Ambulance.  Gautreau added that Trappe could take over as soon as April 1.

Oscar Goldman March 24, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Hey Jen Hart, now that you're full time at Trappe and try and screw over West End as much as you could with your boyfriend Gable, be sure to let everyone know how it works out...
Michele Grzywacz March 26, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Your written comments are libelous, to say the least. If you have any evidence of wrong-doing by two of the most hard-working people I know, perhaps you should make it public instead of making slanderous accusations. You are the worst kind of cowardly citizen, Joe McCarthy would be proud!
Paul Staley March 28, 2013 at 01:56 AM
To whom it may concern, my name is Paul Staley and my comments or actions do not reflect any of my employers views. First of all I would like to point out the absolute cowardice of the person who targeted my wife, myself and my family and put my address in this article, most notibly the fact that you hide behind a made up name because you are a scared ignorant imbicile. Why dont you come out and show yourself to ME, and dont make up malicious lies. Did my wife stop by our house when 67 covered Spring City? Yes, to see our daughter while on a 24hr shift and no...the engine did not run...unless it was cold and if you know what you are talking about, cold starts of diesel engines are not recommended, that is cerrtainly not the reason for loss of revenue. I know that most of this thread had been removed at the request of us, but how would you feel if someone told the world (or Phoenixville) your address? You are an immature little boy hiding behind the facade of a "grown man" who thinks that your opinion actually counts and by targeting hard working people you can make yourself look a little bit better. If you care to talk in the future I will gladly give you my phone number, until then keep your shallow minded comments to yourself.- Sincerely, Paul Staley
Mike Staley April 19, 2013 at 08:14 PM
It would be awkward if West End had a call in Charkestown or one of the other areas they cover and have to drive by an accident in Phoenixville with Trappe not on the scene.
P-Ville Resident and Past Volunteer April 20, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Hey Mike, what about a fire across the street from a Fire Company with a Fire Truck that will not be dispatched and cannot respond? How do you think that will go over? Also, why are Phoenixville Residents getting fundraising mail from Valley Forge Fire Co.?

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