Penn-Mahoning Ambulance Association has begun its 2010 subscription drive.

Persons living in West Penn Township will be receiving an information packet in the mail.

Included are individual and family rates.

The subscription drive expires on Jan. 31. Anyone not receiving a packet by Dec. 19 should contact Frank Baker II at 570-386-2475 or the ambulance station at 570-386-2233.

Membership entitles subscribers to unlimited emergency transport to area hospitals.

A spokesman for the Association said for some time now, Penn-Mahoning Ambulance has been experiencing difficulty in serving the residents of Mahoning and east Penn Townships. The spokesman said since the inception of 911, requests for service in Carbon County have not been forwarded to the dispatching center in Pottsville.

Due to this situation, subsciription packets will not be sent to residents of Mahoning Township and East Penn Township. A statement from the ambulance association states, "Penn-Mahoning has not abandoned their subscribers and will continue to serve and respond."

Penn-Mahoning, chartered in 1969, has two ambulances stationed in the headquarters on Route 309 north of Snyders. The organization has 43 active corps members, of whom 16 are Emergency Medical Technicians and 27 are first responders and/or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Officers for 2010 are Donald Hoppes, president; Valerie Coombe, vice president; Kira Baddick, secretary; Lee Becker, treasurer; Robert Reed, captain; and Mary Baddick and Bevery Kistler, lieutenants.

Members of the Exective Committee are David Solt, Dolly Fritz, and Frank Baker II.

The training/supply officer is Debbie Baker. Marsha and Erik Resch are in charge of Infectious Control.

CPR and First Responder classes are offect to residents of the community on an as-request basis. Interested persons are asked to contact PMAA at 570-386-2233.

Monthly meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Route 209 station. New members are always welcomed and they will be supplied with current standards equipment and training.