In the Beginning:
Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association was established on January 1st, 1976 as a volunteer based 501C-3 corporation with the primary responsibility to provide Advanced Life support coverage to the residents and visitors of Jefferson Borough and adjacent communities as the need arose. The primary response area was Jefferson Borough, with the exception of Floreffe, which operated a Basic Life Support ambulance out of the Floreffe Fire Department. The call volume was 305 calls for assistance in the first year.
The Growing Years:
In 1991, The volunteer board of directors identified the need to enhance staffing due to the raising daylight call volume. The board of directors hired 2 full time paramedics, which covered Monday-friday, from 6a-6p. The weekends and off shifts were still covered by volunteers. In addition, a full time supervisor was hired to manage the daily operations of the ambulance service.
By 1995, the call volume was still increasing. At this time, volunteerism in this area was on a rapid decline. Legislation through the Pennsylvania Department of Health was making stricter guidelines on staffing and response times, placing pressure on ambulance services to provide continuous staffing ambulances. At this time, some smaller services started consolidating efforts with larger organizations. JHAAA started staffing and ALS crew 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To help offset costs, JHAAA began facilitating non-emergent transports for Jefferson Hospital.
In 1998, JHAAA assumed responsibility to cover Floreffe, in Jefferson Borough. At this time, the ambulance association staffed 2, 24 hour shifts, one based at Jefferson Hospital and one staffed at Floreffe VFC. Shortly after, JHAAA was awarded the contract for West Elizabeth Borough. The call volume increased to 1,900 details.
By the year 2000, JHAAA was asked to support Elrama VFC (Union Township, Washington County) with paramedics since Jefferson Hospital eliminated its paramedic response unit which assisted volunteer BLS services since 1986. Near the end of 2000, JHAA was appointed as the ALS ambulance provider for Union Township. Our call volume now was 3,900 details.
By the year 2002, JHAAA was asked to provide paramedic coverage to Forward Township VFC on daylight shifts. Forward Township recognized Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance as the EMS provider for the municipality. JHAAA began providing staffing to ensure an Advanced Life Support Crew (ALS) during routine business hours to ensure EMS response. This program was initially five (5) days a week.
By the year 2007, Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance became the sole provider of Emergency Medical Services for Forward Township.
Where we're going:
Currently, JHAAA covers four (4) municipalities, Jefferson Hills Borough, Union Township, Forward Township and West Elizabeth Borough, with an estimated population of 33,000 and 54 square miles of primary coverage area, Our annual call volume is 9,000 details and growing.
~ Our Mission ~
"To provid a fiscally responsible
system to deliver quality healthcare to residents of the
municipalities that we serve, as well as neighboring
communities when the need arises, through the integration of
professional pre-hospital providers, state of the art
equipment and an aggressive training program that educates
our staff and public with ever-changing advancements in
"To provid a fiscally responsible system to deliver quality healthcare to residents of the municipalities that we serve, as well as neighboring communities when the need arises, through the integration of professional pre-hospital providers, state of the art equipment and an aggressive training program that educates our staff and public with ever-changing advancements in pre-hospital care."