Basic Life Support Services (BLS)

Basic Life Support services include minor, non-life threatening emergencies that do not require advanced management for the current injury or illness. Injuries or illnesses that are considered BLS in nature are fractures, controlled bleeding, pain from falls, or flu-like symptoms in patients with stable vital signs. In these instances, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will accompany the patient in the back of the ambulance and transport you to the hospital if necessary. The EMT will monitor your vital signs to ensure that your condition does not deteriorate and will notify the hospital staff via radio to expect you.

Advanced Life Support Services (ALS)

Illnesses and injuries that require Advanced Support (ALS) include chest pain, respiratory distress, strokes, and severe injuries. In ALS cases, the Paramedic will accompany the patient to the hospital in the back of the ambulance. The Paramedic can start an IV (Intravenous Line), monitor the heart rhythm, and administer medications to correct life-threatening illnesses such as irregular heart beats and low blood pressures. These procedures are the same skills that can be accomplished in the Emergency Room of a hospital. By doing these skills “in the field”, we can decrease the instances that such injuries and illnesses prove fatal.

Wheelchair Van Services

Western Berks EMS Wheelchair Van Services are operated by WBEMS employees. This service can be used for hospital discharges, doctor’s appointments, and Family gatherings. We take every care and measure to ensure they safely board the vehicle and are safely transported; all WBEMS drivers are CPR certified. Western Berks EMS owns and operates six wheelchair vans, with one having bariatric capabilities that is run daily. For pricing and information about our services, please get in touch with one of our call intake specialists at 610-678-1545. Option 1

Non-Emergency Transport by Ambulance

We offer non-emergency transport by Ambulance. If you want more information on these services, call our dispatch center at 610-678-1545 Option 1 and speak to one of our call intake specialists. The call intake specialist works with the business office to determine what services are covered by your insurance and what are not.

We also partner with several hospitals and Nursing homes to make sure our clients who require medical transport can count on us to assist with discharges home or to nursing facilities. If you know you’ll need our services for discharge, please tell your hospital case manager that you would like Western Berks Ambulance as your transport service.

BLS services are for patients who cannot safely ride in a vehicle or wheelchair and instead require an individual to lie on a stretcher to be monitored during transport. These patients only require basic medical supervision, and BLS services can range from transport to and from healthcare facilities as well as private residences.

Event Stand By & Mass Gathering Medicine

Our team of industry-leading professionals are Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the areas of Planning, Logistics, Operations, and Command of large, complex, and multi-day events. Through the Community Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT), we fully integrate with our public safety partners in the execution of these events utilizing National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant Incident Action Plans (IAPs) and the Incident Command Structure (ICS). As the primary provider of out-of-hospital medical services in the community, we provide all of the medical standards within its boundaries no matter how big or small. We provide donated standbys for most community-based requests and a competitive fee schedule for community enterprises and outside organizations. Should you need a medical standby for an event you are organizing, don’t hesitate to contact the Administrative Assistant Chief at 610-816-6582 or email us.

We provide extensive planning, logistics, operations, and command functions for 150+ standbys per year for the following types of events:

  • Music Concerts & Multi-Day Festivals
  • Competitive Runs/Courses
  • Motorsports
  • Large Scale Gatherings
  • Inaugurations
  • Dignitary & VIP Visits
  • Rodeos
  • Funerals
  • District Picnics/Gatherings
  • Kids Camps
  • Fun Runs
  • Bike Races
  • Festivals
  • Parades
  • Grand Openings
  • Corporate Events
  • Sports Tournaments
  • Fairs
  • and more…