Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure attended and presents an EMS Week proclamation to EMS Director Thomas Decker. Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure attended and presents an EMS Week proclamation to EMS Director Thomas Decker.
Paramedic Jason Hadinger reports on a survey that explored the lingering emotional effects that public safety employees must address. Paramedic Jason Hadinger reports on a survey that explored the lingering emotional effects that public safety employees must address.
press photos by dana grubbOfficials from Lehigh Valley Health Network present a STEMI Cup to Bethlehem EMS representatives for the “excellent heart attack service provided here in Bethlehem.” press photos by dana grubbOfficials from Lehigh Valley Health Network present a STEMI Cup to Bethlehem EMS representatives for the “excellent heart attack service provided here in Bethlehem.”
EMS Director Thomas Decker recognizes paramedic Edwin ‘Russ’ Hillegass with a 20-year service pin. EMS Director Thomas Decker recognizes paramedic Edwin ‘Russ’ Hillegass with a 20-year service pin.
St. Luke’s University Health Network Vice President of Patient Care Services Janice Concilio presents the 2019 EMS Quality of Care Award to EMS director Thomas Decker. St. Luke’s University Health Network Vice President of Patient Care Services Janice Concilio presents the 2019 EMS Quality of Care Award to EMS director Thomas Decker.
Michael Barone, a cardiac arrest survivor, is flanked by paramedics Ben Perry and Matt Bielinski, who responded to a 911 call and saved his life. Barone received a survivor’s pin. Michael Barone, a cardiac arrest survivor, is flanked by paramedics Ben Perry and Matt Bielinski, who responded to a 911 call and saved his life. Barone received a survivor’s pin.
Bethlehem EMS Service Medical Director Dr. Bryan Wilson tells Bethlehem paramedics and guests in attendance, “You are one of the best organizations I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.” Bethlehem EMS Service Medical Director Dr. Bryan Wilson tells Bethlehem paramedics and guests in attendance, “You are one of the best organizations I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”

City marks EMS Week with ceremony

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The City of Bethlehem’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrated EMS Week with a recognition ceremony May 20. Mayor Bob Donchez told paramedics, “We are proud of our public safety departments.” He presented EMS Director Thomas Decker with an EMS Week proclamation as did Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure. Representatives of both area hospitals, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network, also attended and made presentations. Bethlehem paramedics Jason Hadinger and Chad Oliver reported on recent survey results that explored the mental health aspects of serving in a high stress public safety job. Paramedic Edwin Hillegass received a 20-year service pin and paramedic Andrew Brown received a stork pin for delivering a baby.

The City of Bethlehem EMS has 24 full-time paramedics and 34 part-time paramedics who staff eight advanced life support ambulances and two advanced life support QRVs. They handle approximately 12,000 calls per year.