COVID-19 Information

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1
or your local emergency number.

This page is intended to provide our community with information about Whitemarsh Community Ambulance Association's (WCAA) response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protecting Our Patients

Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment

Our crews are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for the personal protective equipment (PPE) we use on every patient encounter.

Equipment
Sanitizing Our Equipment

All equipment that is in contact with a patient (e.g., stretcher, cardiac monitor, blood pressure cuff) is thoroughly cleaned between every patient encounter. The patient compartments of our ambulances are sanitized regularly using a "fogging" method.

Regular Updates
Regular Updates

We receive regular updates from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Department of Public Safety (DPS). This includes situation reports and protocol updates. This information is disseminated to our crews during regular all-staff conference calls. We are also in regular contact with other area ambulance squad chiefs through the Montgomery County Ambulance Association.

Uniform Policy
Uniform Policy

In order to protect first responder families, our crews are wearing street clothing into work, changing into their uniforms for their shift and then leaving their uniforms to be washed at the station and not brought back to their homes or around their families. WCAA had to purchase a new washer and dryer in order to keep up with the demand.

Visitor
Visitation Policy

While we don't want to keep friends away, we have insituted a new policy of no visitors at the station. This includes off-duty personnel. Only on-duty personnel may be at the station.

Thermometer
Self-Monitoring

Crews are able to take their temperature at the beginning and end of each shift as “self monitoring” for COVID-19

What to Expect

Hand Warning
More Precautions

In accordance with our updated protocols, a patient will likely be asked to wear a surgical mask. Our crew will also be wearing additional personal protective equipment that may include a mask, face shield, goggles, gloves, and a gown.

Reduced Personnel
Fewer Personnel on Scene

To limit potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, some personnel who would normally be in close proximity to the patient will stay at a distance or outside.

Syringe
Modified Treatment

Since aerosolization poses the highest risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, the updated state EMS protocols discourage treatments such as nebulizers that could potentially lead to aerosolization. We have been working closely with our medical director to ensure our crews are fully trained on the updated protocols.

Special Thanks to Partners

ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute

We deeply appreciate the donation of PPE for our personnel by ECRI Institute. In addition to their donation, ECRI has developed a free COVID-19 resource center to help hospitals, ambulatory care, and aging care facilities protect healthcare workers, residents, and patients.

PQ Corporation
PQ Corporation

We greatly appreciate the donation of PPE for our personnel by PQ Corporation.

Second Alarmers Rescue Squad
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad

We'd like to thank Second Alarmers Rescue Squad for helping with N95 mask fit testing for our personnel.

Plymouth Ambulance
Plymouth Ambulance

Many thanks to Plymouth Ambulance for being a fantastic neighbor and helping sanitize our ambulances through the use of their fogger.

Lowe's Home Improvements
Lowe's

We appreciate the donation of N95 masks and cleaning solution by Lowe's.

RestoreCore
RestoreCore

We appreciate the donation of N95 masks and cleaning solution by RestoreCore.

Montgomery County Democratic Committee
Montgomery County Democratic Committee

We'd like to thank the Montgomery County Democratic Committee for donating $550 towards PPE for our personnel. These funds were raised through a "Thank You Essential Workers" lawn sign program.

Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams

Thank you to Sherwin-Williams for donating N95 masks.

Harleysville Bank
Harleysville Bank

Big thanks to Harleysville Bank, which helped us obtain funding through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Montgomery County Foundation
Montgomery County Foundation

We gratefully appreciate a grant from the Montgomery County Foundation through their MontoCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

Additional Resources

We are here as your community resource for COVID-19 information in Whitemarsh Township.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Do you have a question about COVID-19 as it relates to your community ambulance service? Or would like to make a donation? Please email us wcaa318@whitemarshems.org.