The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps is a New Jersey licensed Basic Life Support Ambulance provider with approximately 45 active Emergency Medical Technician volunteers. The organization is headed operationally by John Knapp, who has served as Chief for the past six years. Administratively, the Corps is run by Brian Corcoran, who has served as President for eight years. Both the Chief and the President are active in EMS; John as a 17 year EMT in both paid and volunteer EMS departments, and Brian as a 25 year volunteer and paid EMT as well as being a paramedic for a local hospital-based Mobile Intensive Care Unit.
In 2015, the Corps ran over 4,000 calls and as such is one of the busiest Emergency Medical Services with volunteer personnel in the State of New Jersey. The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps operates five basic life support (BLS) ambulances, two BLS level first response/supervisory vehicles, a mass causality incident and incident rehabilitation trailer that includes an off-road John Deere Gator specially outfitted with BLS equipment, and a special events bicycle response team that also includes a T3 Motion personal transporter that is also outfitted with BLS equipment. All current apparatus is owned solely by the Corps and purchased with funds raised through donations from our community and medical insurance billing from the patients that we transport.
The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps has a shift supervisor on duty known as the Tour Chief. The Tour Chief is immediately available to actively manage the operational issues of the Corps while ensuring that Emergency Medical Service is provided to the community in the most effective manner. Specifically selected and trained personnel take turns for 12 hour shifts to ensure that operating procedures and guidelines are being followed consistently. They manage the department’s resources on a minute-to-minute basis, and also provide initial EMS Branch Command at major incidents, until relieved by the EMS Coordinator or the Chief.