Carnegie EMS halts operations; Scott Township EMS agrees to help |

Carnegie EMS halts operations; Scott Township EMS agrees to help

A temporary agreement with Scott Township EMS has Carnegie residents covered in the event of an emergency as the Carnegie EMS suspended operations Jan. 27.

The nonprofit Carnegie EMS stopped service “due to financial difficulties and other issues,” Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek said. He did not elaborate.

EMS Director John Kandracs did not return phone calls.

“Council is working on a permanent solution for the situation,” Kobistek said. “To ensure the safety of the residents our police have taken the added measure of attending every call for EMS service.”

For residents who have a subscription to Carnegie EMS, Scott Township EMS will honor those rates, Kobistek said.

In February 2016, Carnegie EMS filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The organization — which is separate from the borough — continued at the time to provide service while restructuring debt and costs.

The organization’s 990 tax form for 2015 shows total expenses were $16,660 more than total revenues — more than double the expenses from 2014 . The nonprofit had assets totaling $14,479 while reporting liabilities that total $220,200.

In a statement, Carnegie Borough Manager Stephen Beuter said municipal officials “notified Allegheny County 911 of the situation to ensure EMS coverage within the Borough.”

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bc_trib.

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