“If we don’t have funding, the lights go off, and the impact of that on the towns we currently serve would be catastrophic. Given the per capita income of the population of Southern Berkshire County (particularly of those who retire to the region and are most likely to need these services), it’s a sad statement that this situation exists”—James Santos, president of Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad’s board of directors
An alarming shortage on the horizon
According to 2021 data from the National Rural Health Association, more than a third of all rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers in the U.S. are in danger of closing. Put another way, 57 million Americans face a critical and immediate EMS shortage—including you, dear reader. Adams Ambulance Service announced last week that it will cease its 50-year service on December 31 due to a $200,000 deficit it highlighted in September. Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad (SBAS) currently has a $350,000 deficit.
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Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Massachusetts ambulance service provider. We are licensed at the paramedic level and staffed by career, part-time and volunteer EMS providers.
We assist a multitude of EMS organizations transporting patients to Fairview Hospital. We also aim to keep community members updated on a variety of life-saving modalities through continuing education programs.
Call 413-528-3632 today to find out more about our mission. Or visit our Facebook page to keep up with our events and classes.
If you experience a medical emergency, you need immediate care. Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad is a long-time ambulance service provider. We'll come to your aid to provide emergency medical assistance and transportation.
We serve Berkshire County residents by providing:
Emergency response services
Paramedic intercept services
CPR and first aid training
Initial EMT course training
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Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad provides emergency medical services to many area communities. Our service area includes:
Alford | Ashley | Egremont | Falls | Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | Mount Washington | Sheffield
If you live in or are visiting the area, you can count on us for prompt, professional emergency medical services.