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Cetronia Ambulance Corps. sends 2 teams to help with NJ Sandy recovery

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 15 2012 12:41:46 PM CST
Cetronia Ambulance

Cetronia Ambulance

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

A local ambulance corps sent two teams to help New Jersey with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps of South Whitehall Twp., Lehigh County, is an active member of the Pennsylvania Strike Team, which provides staffing, vehicles, equipment and other resources for major emergency and disaster response.

Following Hurricane Sandy, crews from Cetronia and the Region II Strike Team were deployed to Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey to provide 911 relief and shelter support in addition to search and rescue operations.

“We are proud to have men and women on our teams that are dedicated to disaster response, not only in our local area, but for areas throughout the country that need assistance when devastation strikes," said Larry Wiersch, chief executive officer for Cetronia Ambulance Corps.

“Preparedness and readiness are key elements both prior to and after disaster strikes. Ensuring that we are always ready to help is a key mission that we have as an EMS agency in the community and making sure that everyone returns home safely is a true testament of success when we help others in their recovery," said Wiersch.

The first crew departed on Oct. 30 and returned on Nov. 5. Their mission was to help NJ EMS operations by providing backup 911 services to local first aid squads and fire departments that lost their equipment during the storm.

A second crew was in service Nov. 2-10 and helped 911 response in the towns of Hazlet, Union Beach and Keyport.

In the past, Cetronia has provided Strike Teams that were deployed to Hurricanes Katrina, Lee, Irene, and now Sandy.

In the past, Cetronia has provided Strike Teams that were deployed to Hurricanes Katrina, Lee, Irene, and now Sandy.