ELYSBURG - The Elysburg Fire Department Emergency Medical Services has mailed 2013 subscription requests to residents of municipalities where it provides services.

Flyers for the 2013 drive are in a newly designed format, which is more cost-effective. Residents are advised to be attentive to this new subscription format.

Individual memberships are $45, while family memberships are $60.

In addition, local businesses may request a customized subscription.

The subscription drive constitutes a significant portion of the company's yearly income and assists in purchasing the latest life saving emergency equipment and offsetting day-to-day operating expenses.

While the cost of equipment, maintenance and fuel continue to rise, so too does the cost to provide this necessary service, EMS officials said. The ambulance service has needed additional revenue over the past year to assure uninterrupted service to the community and depends on and appreciates the community support to continue this vital service.

Elysburg Fire Department Ambulance provides basic and advanced life support services to Ralpho Township and surrounding communities. The company employs professional staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, out of its East Mill Street location.