[This article was published on August 26, 2018.] Citing costs and a potential tax increase for emergency services, Northampton supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday making Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad its primary emergency medical service provider.


Newtown Ambulance Squad had covered approximately one quarter of the town, but supervisor Chairperson Barry Moore said Friday the change could mean more revenue for Tri-Hampton. The increase could help the township avoid a tax hike for emergency services, he said.


Moore added the township had no complaints about Newtown Ambulance’s quality of service, and that officials spoke with local police and emergency managers to be sure response times would not suffer as a result of the change.


With Tri-Hampton responding to a larger number of calls than the Newtown station, Moore said Tri-Hampton felt they could absorb the area with little impact in response or costs.