Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad (THRS) provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) Emergency Medical Services to three municipalities – Northampton Township, Lower Southampton Township and Upper Southampton Township.
They are one of the largest private, nonprofit, pre-hospital care providers in the region, responding to over 5,500 emergency dispatches each year. THRS is a combination department composed of more than 20 dedicated volunteer members and over 60 career members.
“We conduct operations from three physical stations throughout our primary response area,” said Corey Matthews, a lieutenant, ALS and clinical coordinator at Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad.
THRS headquarters are located in Northampton Township, at 140 Township Road, Richboro, with sub-stations in Lower Southampton Township, at 1440 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, and Upper Southampton Township, at 917 Street Road, Southampton.
THRS has been providing emergency medical services since 1942, recently celebrating their 75th anniversary last year. Their primary response district is approximately 45 square miles, serving a population of 73,787 according to the 2010 US census.
Mutual aid agreements are in place with all Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations that touch their primary district, including Bensalem Township EMS and the Philadelphia Fire Department EMS.
THRS participates in the county/region-wide mutual aid agreement to respond wherever, and to whomever, when dispatched by 9-1-1. THRS has strong interagency cooperation and partnerships with all other EMS agencies and fire companies in this district as well.
THRS has adopted the principles of the National Incident Management System and is compliant with all stated FY06 mandates specifically as it related to the Incident Command System. Emergency Medical Services are provided with six transport capable ambulances licensed as front-line ALS or Paramedic units and one transport capable ambulance licensed as a reserve unit.
Additionally, Paramedic Supervisors utilize a non-transporting ALS Responder unit. This unit can also support emergency service rehabilitation when assigned to operations such as fires, tactical operations, or hazardous materials responses.
THRS has specially trained Paramedics and EMTs who are integrated into the South Central SWAT Team to aide in Police responses with medical support. THRS also sponsors and operates one of the four Mass Casualty Incident Response units for the Bucks County region.
They are always looking for more men and women to join the ranks as volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. EMT training is not required as a prerequisite but expected to be obtained within the first year of probationary membership.
Any interested persons to volunteer, or ride-along as an observer, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-322-4106.