Route 11/15 closure will impact ambulance response times

ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) – East Pennsboro Ambulance Service has a plan for responding to calls once PennDOT closes Route 11/15 for three months.

The EMS service will station an ambulance closer to Marysville when the rock slope improvement project begins Sunday.

East Pennsboro is the main EMS provider for Marysville and Rye Township. The emergency detour would add 10 to 15 minutes to their response time.

“There’s a lot more difficulty because there’s not that much area for people to pull over for us,” EMT Michael Fischer said. “Obviously, we’re not going to be able to do high speeds on that road.”

Paramedics say they understand the need to close 11/15. They’ve responded to multiple crashes caused by falling rocks.

“There definitely is a need and I support the need, definitely,” Phillip Beck, Chief of Operations for East Pennsboro Ambulance Service said. “It’s just a minor inconvenience and hopefully the public understands we’re doing our best to provide that service to them.”

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