St Marys Area ambulances

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service is currently conducting its annual subscription drive, which benefits both the community and the hard-working emergency services organization.

Subscriptions help the community’s nonprofit ambulance service purchase necessary emergency equipment, said Assistant manager Bob Gnan.

Subscribers can be anyone in the St. Marys and Johnsonburg areas, Gnan said. SMAAS third-party bills the insurance, and accepts whatever the insurance pays as “payment in full.”

“A nonmember is responsible for whatever balance their insurance doesn’t cover,” he said.

SMAAS has been conducting the subscription drive for 50 years, Gnan said. Right now, the organization has about 3,200 subscribers.

The ambulance service has 42 employees, many of whom work long hours to keep the community safe in case of a crisis, Gnan said. Workers respond to around 3,700 calls per year.

“That’s what makes it possible for us to have 24-seven in-station coverage,” he said. “Our response time from the station is two minutes. The more money we have coming in, the more money we are able to pay our people to make sure that’s possible.”

The SMAAS has five ambulances and two wheelchair vans. It also offers transfers to places that meet medical necessity for subscribers.

Those who are interested can subscribe at or call 814-781-1571.