The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. was incorporated with nine charter members and one ambulance. The ambulances and members were housed at the old Civic Center, on the corner of The Esplanade and Central Avenue (now the location of Nellie K. Parker Elementary School).
Originally, the Corps operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As time progressed, the amount of emergency calls increased. The Corps found it more difficult to get volunteers for the daytime shifts. At that time, the Hackensack Fire Department supplemented the ambulance service during daytime hours, Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the volunteers continuing to provide nighttime and weekend service.
The amount of emergency calls increased so much that the Corps had to buy three ambulances and recruit more volunteers so that they could serve the city effectively.
February 14, 1974
The Ambulance Corps volunteers joined forces with Hackensack Hospital and formed a cardiac unit, known as the Heart Rescue Team, which was comprised of a nurse, doctor, and a volunteer Ambulance Corps member. Hackensack Ford donated a 1973 white station wagon. The volunteer driver and car were stationed at the hospital, picking up the doctor and nurse from the Emergency Room when a “CODE 41” was paged. This led to the creation of the hospital’s Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Unit, which has become one of the most highly recognized paramedic units in the state.
The Ambulance Corps relocated from Central Avenue to its present location in the City complex, facing the railway with direct egress to both State Street and Union Street.
September 15, 2008
Emergency medical communications are now handled by MICCOM (Northern New Jersey Mobile Intensive Care Communications). (MICCOM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and APCO as a Public Safety Communications Center.) All requests for emergency medical services are first received by the Hackensack Police Department’s 9-1-1 center, then directed to MICCOM, which dispatches the nearest EMS unit based on current Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. MICCOM is responsible for dispatching ambulance and paramedic units in Bergen County, Passaic County, and parts of Morris County. (In 2008, MICCOM received approximately 75,000 requests for EMS services in the region.) The Communications Center provides ALS/BLS dispatching, EMD education, 9-1-1 call screening and lifesaving pre-arrival instructions to callers (e.g. CPR, bleeding control) while the ambulance is responding. This technology helps the Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps respond more quickly and accurately.
January 01, 2010
Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps swore in Frank Garrett as its first Chief and Obed Fountoukis as its first Deputy Chief. Having previously been led by a captain, the Corps is now headed by an elected Chief, Deputy Chief and two Captains, followed by appointed Lieutenants.