Ambulance Fund Drive


From Our EMS Chief

I have been involved in volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) for almost 20 years, surrounded by hundreds of volunteers, and I am proud to lead such a great group of people. Your contribution helps Abingdon Fire Company provide quality healthcare in a time when costs continue to rise, yet supplemental county funding is at a standstill.                - Susie Tingler, Assistant Chief (EMS) 

Contribute Now

If you wish to donate more than $1000, or a different amount than shown above, please mail your generous contribution check or email us to coordinate a credit card payment.

     Abingdon Fire Company, c/o Ambulance Fund Contribution

     3306 Abingdon Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

Ambulance Club Membership

When you make a contribution of $35 for an individual, $40 for a couple, or $50 for a household, you'll be enrolled in the Abingdon Fire Company Ambulance Club through September 30th. Membership waives any fees that insurance doesn't cover for a residential 9-1-1 emergency response.

Increasing Cost of Medical Services

  • In 2017, Abingdon ambulances responded to 4,759 9-1-1 calls. In 2018, we've seen an increase of 13.2% over last year.
  • It costs over $20,000 to stock our ambulances with medications.
  • Nearly $500,000 is spent annually by Abingdon to augment volunteer EMS staffing with paid providers.
  • Abingdon serves over 24,000 housing units with a population of over 58,000. This doesn't include visitors and employees who live outside of Abingdon's response area, yet use our services daily.
  • 1 in 11 residents will use Abingdon's EMS services this year.
  • A 9-1-1 call for an overdose that we don't transport to the hospital costs Abingdon $110. That cost includes the Narcan we administer as well as the bag valve mask we use to breathe for the patient.
  • A heart monitor/defibrillator costs $35,000.
  • An automated CPR compression device costs $15,000.
  • A stretcher costs $14,000.
  • Oxygen, gauze, and other general supplies cost approximately $75,000 annually.
  • Protective equipment like pants, boots, shirts, and jackets for EMS providers costs $5,000 annually.

Volunteerism Today

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in rural areas has long been provided by volunteer fire departments. These volunteers are some of the best examples of human compassion, sacrifice, and commitment.  For more than half a decade, this passion has allowed communities like Abingdon to have local ambulance services with volunteer labor. Historically, these volunteers have prevented payroll costs to residents and taxpayers.  Our EMS volunteers and our life-saving equipment meets the same high standards as urban, fully funded EMS systems.  

Donations are tax deductible. Abingdon Fire Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.   

Tax ID: 52-0217685