On Monday, June 23rd, at 6:00 a.m., residents of the Yorkshire community will receive a new ambulance capable of administering advanced life support services. Medic 508 will provide services that will include heart monitoring, medication administration, cardiac defibrillation and other lifesaving skills.
The unit was funded by the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors Fiscal Year 2014 Budget as a means to further enhance public safety in the community. Medic 508 will be assigned to the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Station located on Patton Lane in Manassas and staffed by advanced life support providers of Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue. The unit will provide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; it is the first 24 hour staffed unit in the Yorkshire station.
Although Medic 508 will primarily serve the Yorkshire community, the unit will also provide support and services to residents residing in western Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Estimates indicate the unit will respond to approximately 1400 EMS (emergency medical services) incidents during its first year of service.
Department of Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee is excited about the expansion of ALS care to the citizens of Yorkshire and surrounding communities; this initiative was a collaborative effort with the leadership of the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department. Jerry Deem, Yorkshire Volunteer Chief and his members, welcome the new ambulance and are looking forward to working with Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue in providing the community with a high level of EMS care.
Chiefs McGee and Deem encourage citizens to stop by the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department or any one of the fire and rescue stations anytime to visit with and learn elements of public safety provided by our fire and rescue service members.
Pictured left to right are ALS Providers: Technician II Marshall Wharam and
Technician II Matthew Stewart