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Emergency Services Institutes Chase Car To Improve Route 51 Response

May 16th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Department of Emergency Services placed its first ever – in the history of the Department – an around-the-clock EMT chase car with a goal of improving response times and providing faster life saving services along Route 51 in southeastern Allegany County. “Chase 51 is an SUV that was purchased from Corriganville VFD during the acquisition of ambulance responsibilities in that area. This unit has been integrated into our fleet and response system and is now stationed at PPG Road in the county building to assist District 16 and the surrounding citizens with
staffing and EMS care,” County DES Director James Pyles explained.
Pyles noted that Chase 51 is Advanced Life Support capable and is always staffed with a basic or
advanced life support clinician who can respond to emergency calls from Mexico Farms, Oldtown to the
West Virginia line.
The unit has already assisted on several emergencies, including a cardiac arrest that resulted in the
return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) of the patient. Chase 51 responded to upstaff the Paramedic
from District 16 and met additional personnel on scene providing life-saving measures until the
ambulance arrived.
The new chase car is the latest expansion of county emergency medical services that includes
full-time staffing with a paramedic and an EMT at the Flintstone Fire Department and additional
staffing at the Cresaptown Fire Department that includes a full-time paramedic and an
EMT. Following the purchase of the Corriganville Ambulance, County EMS also provides a fulltime paramedic and an EMT at the Corriganville Fire Department.