Proving EMS Service for the past 89 years...
In October of 1944, the corps revised its Articles of Incorporation and adopted the corporate name used to this day- The Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale. With the change in name, the corps moved from being a paramilitary organization to one devoted exclusively to emergency medical care and rescue services of the residents of the greater Lansdale region.
Up to 1986, all staffing of ambulance and rescue calls came from Volunteers. However, as the region’s population grew the annual volume of calls began to overtax available volunteers. The need for supplemental staffing by career Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and office staff. The career staff works in tandem with our dedicated volunteers to staff the ambulances and various specialized rescue vehicles that form the Corps’ fleet.
The Corps fleet is made up of 8 ALS Ambulances, 3 Command vehicles, 1 Special Service Truck, 6 ALS/BLS Mountain bikes, and 1 Montgomery County MCI Trailer. The Corps staffs 4 stations with ALS coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Chief Shane Wheeler, BA, AAS-P, FP-C, NRP, CASM
Shane has a BA from Marshall University, an AAS in Paramedic Science from Mountwest Community and Technical College, plus he is currently completing a Master’s in Emergency Management at American Military University.
He has 30 years of EMS and Fire Service experience in public, commercial, and various non-profit agencies. He is a Certified Ambulance Service Manager, Certified Flight Paramedic and a Nationally Registered Paramedic. He has most recently served as Chief of the Mount Hope Fire and EMS Department as well as Health, Safety & Emergency Manager for Summit Bechtel Reserve, both in West Virginia.
Medical Director Dr. Ryan Overberger and Assistant Dr. Amanda Pacheco
Dr. Ryan Overberger will serve as medical director for the program. Amanda Pacheco will serve as assistant medical director as she completes her fellowship with the Jefferson-Einstein Health System.
Overberger currently serves as the attending physician in emergency medicine for the Jefferson-Einstein Healthcare Network.
Their department specializes in a number of emergency services, including tactical medicine, technical rescue, major incident management and mass gatherings.
Their mission “is to prepare physicians, nurses, and out-of-hospital emergency care professionals for the challenges of delivering, researching or planning out-of-hospital emergency medical care in any environment.”