Marple Newtown Patch wants you to get to know your first responders. They do dangerous work and Patch would like to recognize them. Meet this first responder who is a member of the Marple Ambulance Corps.
Name: Heather Robinson
Rank/Title: President, Assistant Chief
How long have you been with the Marple Ambulance Corps? Seventh year.
What do you like about your job?
Being able to serve the residents of Marple Township. I don’t get tired of it.
What do you dislike about your job?
The hardest part of this job is knowing there are certain calls that you just know you can’t change the outcome of those calls, no matter how much training you have. Some things are just out of your hands.
What inspired you to become an EMT?
I became an EMT when I was 17 still in high school. Being an interior designer was my plan. This was a last-minute thing. But a friend of mine was an EMT and got me into it and I just really enjoyed helping the community. I went to an EMT class school senior year in high school and I’ve been doing it ever since.
What do you like about the Marple Newtown area?
It’s a very community-oriented township. It has that hometown feel that makes you want to be a part of it.
What do you want the general public to know about the Marple Ambulance Corps?
It’s a full-time job with three kids and even though the administration here is volunteer, for many of us, it’s a full-time commitment because we are a volunteer organization supplemented with staff. But we’re here to serve the residents.
This year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary, being career and Advanced Life Support staff. Marple Ambulance prides itself on the highest level of care to Marple Township and surrounding communities. Oct. 23, 2002, is when Marple Ambulance assumed sole responsibility of career staff and creating our own Advanced Life Support/Paramedic department.