Governor Corbett Breaks Ground for Lehigh County Emergency Center

Feb 21, 2013, 11:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today joined state, county and local officials in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Lehigh County Joint Operations and Medico-Legal Forensics Center.

"This building will stand as a symbol of how state, county and local governments work together to provide for public safety. That's a core function of government and the people of Cetronia and Lehigh County are essential to keeping the public safe,'' Corbett said.

Also participating in today's ceremony at the center's future site at Broadway and Parkway roads, were: Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Director Joseph Schmider, Cetronia Ambulance Corps Chief Executive Officer Larry Wiersch, and  Director of Administration for Lehigh County Tom Muller.

Several local legislators also took part, including: Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh), and Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton).  

The new facility will combine resources to house the non-profit Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Lehigh County's Medico-Legal Forensics Operations, including joint training facilities, as well as housing special operations vehicles and equipment.

"I am very encouraged by the way that we have been able to cooperate with Cetronia Ambulance to combine these necessary and related services into one facility and save our taxpayers money,'' Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell said.

In addition, the facility will have an education center to train EMS, public health and safety providers throughout the region.

Media contact: Janet Kelley, 717-783-1116

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor