- 9/20/2018 -
We are happy to announce that the St John’s Lutheran Church in Gibraltar is now equipped with an AED!
Southern Berks Regional EMS donated this AED as part of our Community Outreach Program where we stress the importance of bystander CPR and early defibrillation.
Anyone interested in CPR/AED training should contact our office and ask for Captain Shawn Watrous.
- 9/16/2018 -
It was a great day at the Shillington Business Association car show that was held in the Shillington Park. Our crews spent time talking with visitors, giving tours of our ambulance, teaching hands only CPR, and enjoying the beautiful weather! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say “Hi” and a special thank you to the Shillington Business Association for inviting us to this wonderful event!
- 9/7/2018 -
We are proud to announce that Southern Berks Regional EMS has been awarded the Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association for the outstanding care of high risk and time sensitive emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. The Gold Plus award is the highest level of recognition that is issued. We are committed to providing the highest quality care to all of our patients and we greatly appreciate this awesome recognition!
- July 7th, 2018 -
It was a long hot week but we had an amazing time at Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days interacting with the public, teaching hands-only CPR, and providing EMS services for the event. We're already looking forward to next year! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello and take a couple minutes to learn hands-only CPR. These people could save a life some day!
- June 28th, 2018 -
Our crew had a great time attending and participating in the Daniel Boone Blazer Days Touch-A-Truck event held on Thursday June 28th. Attendees of the event were able to tour our ambulance and have questions answered. Many other local emergency services were also in attendance, including a MedEvac helicopter. We were thrilled to meet everyone and hope it was a fun and educational event for all!
- June 8th, 2018 -
On Monday, June the 4th we had the awesome opportunity of meeting one of our stroke survivors at a Fightin Phils game. We find it very rewarding to follow the progress of our patients, monitor outcomes, and it’s certainly a highlight when we are able to reunite with them. The patient in the pictures below suffered a severe stroke which later caused cardiac compromise as well. SBREMS crews immediately recognized the stroke symptoms and performed life-saving measures in the field which involved video conference with a physician at Reading Hospital - Tower Health and other Advanced Life Support measures while en route to the Hospital.
We pride ourselves on working with Reading Hospital - Tower Health and other local hospitals to provide the best pre-hospital stroke care. The EMT’s and Paramedics at SBREMS train aggressively in caring for stroke victims and are always prepared to combat the unknown in these critical situations.
Pictured in photos are staff from Reading Hospital - Tower Health and patient's family along with:
Stroke survivor Mary Jane Schaeffer
Captain Shawn Watrous
Paramedic Reed Apostol
- June 3rd, 2018 -
We were thrilled to be able to participate in the First Annual Giegertown Fire Company Carnival that was held May 30th - June 2nd, 2018. This was an awesome event and we had a great time meeting everyone and teaching hands only CPR.
Many thanks to the Geigertown Fire Company for graciously accommodating us! We look forward to many more years of this great event!
- May 28th, 2018 -
Please join us in congratulating Paramedic Ross Bilotta, on receiving the "Outstanding Emergency Responder" award today at the Shillington Memorial Day Parade and Service.
The American Legion Reber-Moore Post #635 utilizes this day of remembrance to also honor local First Responders who serve the community. Ross has been part of emergency services since first becoming an EMT in 1981 and later graduating from Paramedic School in 1987, making him one of the pioneers in Paramedicine. Ross has worked as a Paramedic at Southern Berks Regional EMS for many years and should you ever have the opportunity to meet him, you will quickly realize how much he enjoys caring for those in need throughout our communities.
You will often find Ross visiting his patients at the hospital to offer them words of encouragement and cheering them on with his smile. Ross is a strong advocate for having the latest tools and technology in EMS,enjoys precepting Paramedic students and takes many new hires under his wings. Ross is well-liked among his peers because he always reports to work with an upbeat "let's do this" attitude and often brings fresh baked goods just to ensure his fellow employees are happy as well!
Congrats Ross. You've earned it!
- May 22nd, 2018 -
Southern Berks Regional Emergency Medical Services names Tim Musser as the Chief of Operations and Mike Palamar as the new Director of Transportation Services effective June 1st, 2018.
Tim has been employed with SBREMS for over ten years and started with us an EMT. He quickly realized that he wanted to be able to do more for patients and went back to school to obtain his Paramedic certification. Since that time Tim has progressively moved through the ranks within SBREMS where he currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Operations. Tim has been instrumental in the progression of SBREMS and has come to be well respected in the region we serve as well as throughout the county. Tim has the full support of the company and we wish him the best of luck in his new position as the Chief of Operations. We know he'll do great!
Mike has been with SBREMS since its conception back in 1995 and is our longest serving employee. Mike has worked at numerous organizations throughout the county and is well known wherever he goes. Just prior to starting his career at SRBEMS, Mike served with Birdsboro Community Ambulance. In 1995 when Birdsboro Community Ambulance, Governor Mifflin Ambulance, and Southern Berks Paramedics merged Mike stayed on board as an employee of the newly created Southern Berks Regional EMS and has been with us ever since. Mike moved his way through the ranks eventually landing in the Chief of Operations position, where he currently serves. Mike has been instrumental to the success of SBREMS and we thank him for his continued dedication and we wish him the best of luck in his new position as the Director of Transportation Services.
May 14th, 2018 -
Governor Mifflin High School held their mock DUI crash today. This event is held yearly and presented to the senior class just prior to prom. The mock DUI crash is organized and ran by GMHS students. The students involved do an excellent job with this project and it continues to improve year after year. Southern Berks Regional EMS is proud to be part of this project and we hope that it has made a lasting impression on the senior class.
Also assisting with this event was Cumru Police Department, Shillington Police Department, Cumru Fire Department, Shillington Fire Department, Mohnton Fire Company, Kenhort Fire Company, Brecknock Township Fire Department, Berks County Coroner's Office, and PennSTAR Flight.