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Emergency Medical Services - EMS

Since 1968 Community LifeTeam, Inc. has been serving the residents of Dauphin County with emergency and non-emergency ambulance service.

Community LifeTeam (CLT), and its predecessors River Rescue, Capital Region EMS, Upper Dauphin County Emergency Services, Steelton Ambulance and Swatara EMS, have continued to expand our emergency medical services to meet the needs of our community.   Once staffed solely by volunteers, Community LifeTeam now employs highly qualified, well trained staff of over 140 EMT’s and Paramedics.  Community LifeTeam responded to over 22,000 requests for service in our communities this past year, of which 15,000 are emergency 911 calls.

Community Life Team Emergency Medical Services History

  • As a longstanding community servant, Community LifeTeam is dedicated to the health and safety of the people in the greater Harrisburg area.
  • Our commitment to the patient is to care for you and your community at a time of great need. We appreciate the opportunity and trust the region has had in us in the past 44 years to protect and serve you.
  • Community Life Team is highly involved in community events, educating and getting to know the people in community.
  • Each year, Community Life Team responds to more than 15,000 calls in our community, of which 8,600 are emergency 911 calls.
  • Community Life Team has a long history in the region; we have been keeping the community healthy and safe when seconds count.
  • CLT is the successor organization to River Rescue Emergency Services and Capitol Region EMS.
  • On February 2, 1959, River Rescue was established, and in 1960 the organization was officially chartered and incorporated as Pennsylvania’s first water search and rescue organization.
  • In January of 1991, River Rescue of Harrisburg, Inc. was re-organized into two divisions: the Water Safety and Training Division, and the Capital Region Emergency Medical Services.
  • In June 2004, the Capital Region Emergency Medical Services and Medic 5 Advanced Life Support of PinnacleHealth we joined to establish a new emergency and rescue service to serve the capital. The organization works in concert with surrounding community units.
  • The new EMS entity, Community LifeTeam, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, combined operations of the core EMS units covering the Capital City and began to support a number of surrounding communities under a single, community-based organization serving the region.

About Community Life Team

  • Community Life Team employs a highly qualified, certified and well-trained staff of 40 paramedics and 50 EMTs.
  • Community LifeTeam’s mission is to provide an integrated, seamless regional service operation 24 hours a day at home, work, or wherever citizens in the community may be.
  • We provide emergency medical services, both basic and advanced life support, to 24 municipalities in Dauphin County, and mutual aid to EMS services in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Perry, Schuylkill and Northumberland counties.
  • The patient has a choice of what hospital they choose to go to. If the patient is not able to make a decision, LifeTeam makes the best choice based on location and the recommended treatment at the point of evaluation.
  • LifeTeam will respond to over 22,000 requests for medical and transportation services in 2012.
  • We have a full time EMS Education Coordinator who oversees staff development and community education initiatives.
  • We are an American Heart Association Certified Training Center and a Pennsylvania licensed EMS Education Center.
  • LifeTeam staffs seven ambulances 24 hours per day, and schedules additional staff on call if necessary throughout the day. We have up to 12 ambulances prepared on the typical weekday.
  • We have supervisors on duty 24 hours per day.
  • We provide both emergency and non-emergency transportation.
  • We perform quality assurance on 100 percent of all emergency medical calls.
  • We have an active medical director that is on-staff eight hours per week.
  • We have a full-time fleet maintenance program.
  • Commuity LifeTeam now offers a Community Paramedicine Program.

Become a Member

Each year, Community Life Team holds a membership drive for residents of the City of Harrisburg. With a membership, Community Life Team will accept your insurance carrier’s payment for medically necessary services and typically you will not be billed for the difference. Membership entitles you to unlimited emergency ambulance service (basic and advanced life support), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Membership does NOT include medical wheelchair transport van and ambulance services for non-emergencies. Interested in becoming a member?

Make a Donation

Consider making a separate tax-deductible donation to Community Life Team. As a non-profit organization, the ambulance service depends on generous support to provide services and medical equipment. Donations help Community Life Team maintain and update the fleet of ambulances, squads and wheelchair vans. To make a donation, please call us at the phone number below or use our membership form on the right.

Community Life Team
2222 Rear Paxton Street*
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 236-5947
Fax: (717) 238-4238

*Please note this is a temporary address.