CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg will not be starting an advanced life support ambulance service for at least three years after the Borough Council voted Monday to renew an emergency medical services agreement with West Shore Advanced Life Support and Greene, Guilford, Hamilton and Letterkenny townships.
The council at first tabled action on the recommendation by Borough Manager Eric Oyer and Emergency Services Chief John Vanlandingham, but reconsidered when borough attorney Thomas Finucane said the townships wanted a decision then or would begin negotiating their own ambulance agreement.
"You're in a box," Finucane said.
Oyer said the townships want to maintain the existing agreement, which expires at the end of this year.
"You cannot make an educated vote on this tonight," Councilwoman Sharon Bigler said in arguing for the recommendation to be tabled. She said there was no follow-up on a decision by the council in December to form a committee to examine alternatives, including forming an advanced life support service.