Northwest EMS capital campaign seeks funds

By on July 15, 2015

 

Co-chairs of Northwest EMS’ “Campaign to Save Lives” Mike Graham (left) and Lew Jury (right) assist chair Mike Williams (center) in updating the campaign “thermometer” to reflect the $650,000 that’s been raised to date for the new facility on Colebrook Street. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

Co-chairs of Northwest EMS’ “Campaign to Save Lives” Mike Graham (left) and Lew Jury (right) assist chair Mike Williams (center) in updating the campaign “thermometer” to reflect the $650,000 that’s been raised to date for the new facility on Colebrook Street. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

Northwest EMS is building a new one-story 7,000-square foot facility. Located along Colebrook Street, it will feature a training/community room, two offices, lounge, lunch room, fitness area, separate bunk rooms for men and women, as well as a 2,240-square-foot and four-bay garage for apparatus. It will be part of an emergency services campus along Colebrook and North Charlotte streets that will also include a new headquarters for the Manheim Borough Police Department.

A capital campaign, “The Campaign to Save Lives,” is underway to fund the new $900,000 facility. To date $650,000 has been raised. The fundraising “thermometer” is posted outside Northwest EMS’ current facility at 26 E. High St. This week, residents of the Manheim area will receive a campaign letter in the mail asking for their support. The letter allows for a one-time donation or a five-year pledge commitment.

Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association merged with Northwest EMS in October 2013. The organization currently serves the Manheim area from a facility on East High Street that was built in 1904 and is leased from the borough for $1 per year. The EMS service has outgrown that space.

For more information about the campaign and building project, a promotional video is available at youtu.be/FaYdxc5qnsA.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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