Pennsylvania Department Delivers Its First Baby

Delivery is a first for the Lebanon Township fire department since assuming EMS duties.


 
 

VERONICA SLAGHT, The Star-Ledger | | Friday, May 28, 2010


LEBANON TWP. - A new township resident came into the world in the back of a speeding ambulance with help from local firefighters Monday afternoon.

It wasn't the first time township fire Chief Warren Gabriel helped deliver a baby in a moving vehicle, but it was a first for the fire department, which took over EMS duties for the township last month.

The baby boy was born 4:12 p.m., just minutes before arriving at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Gabriel said.

Both mom and her newborn son were healthy, he added.

"It went pretty quick," said Gabriel, an emergency medical technician. &After she started having the baby, it came after a minute or two."

Gabriel has helped deliver babies twice before, when he was a member of the township rescue squad.

Victoria Apadula, who was home alone, called for an ambulance about 3:30 p.m.

The fire department picked up the Lebanon Township woman and headed toward Hackettstown. The chief drove while firefighter and EMT Nancy Mayberry worked in the back with two Hunterdon Medical Center paramedics.

Along the way, Apadula's husband, who had been at work, pulled up in a car next to the ambulance. They stopped to let him in, and he was with his wife when their second child arrived.

Gabriel, who also wears the hat of Lebanon Township public works director, said the fire department has been responding to about 60 ambulance calls a month since taking on EMS duties in April. The department also typically receives 15 or 16 fire calls a month. Response times have been good, according to Gabriel, and four new members have joined - two are trained firefighters and all are EMTs.

"We've been doing a heck of a job handling all these calls," Gabriel said.

The township committee rescinded the Lebanon Township First Aid Squad's EMS responsibilities last month in a 3-1 vote, with one official abstaining.

Mayor Jay Weeks and two other committee members have criticized the squad for not submitting to an external financial audit while Committeemen Brian Wunder and Frank Morrison have supported the squad, an independent nonprofit organization.

The squad is suing Weeks and the other committee members who voted to transfer EMS to the fire department, claiming firefighters intimidated squad members and stole the squad's ambulances. The case is scheduled to be heard June 11 in state Superior Court in Flemington.



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, baby

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Ebola Changes How North Carolina EMS Responds to Calls

Concern about virus spread leads to new protocols.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Oklahoma Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Cases

Training and preparation are keys for metro hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS in Nevada Prepares for the Unexpected

Protocols and PPE protect AMR personnel.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Brace for Possible Ebola Patients

Union leader shares concern over precautions.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

CDC Ebola Training for Clinicians

Students learn the complexities of working in bulky suits.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >