Chester First Aid Squad

100 North Road

P.O. Box 337

Chester, New Jersey 07930


Non-Emergency: (908) 879-5560

Fax: (908) 879-0217

Email: info@chesterfirstaid.org 


Emergency? Call 9-1-1


 
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June 2017

Dear Residents-

As many of you already know the First Aid Squad (FAS) has been utilizing Atlantic Ambulance for almost a year now for our daytime calls when volunteers were unavailable. Meaning, if squad members cannot get to a call, Atlantic would support us by responding to the call. This was done in an effort to provide quicker response times to the members of the community. Most of our members have full-time jobs which prevents them from running calls during the work day. Many years ago, Chester was a one income family community with people working in town. This is not the case in 2017. We recognize the need to put the people of Chester’s needs before our own. We want to make sure the community is afforded excellent care, along with quick response times. This in no way, lessens or negates the heart and soul of our volunteers. We are still the same highly trained and dedicated volunteers you know and respect. At this time we need help making sure we continue with a high level of care, Atlantic will help us achieve this. We are still volunteering, we are still training, and we are still available for the community. We do not plan to go anywhere!

To be able to better serve the community during the daytime hours, the FAS is testing the following plan for a TRIAL PERIOD OF 3-6 MONTHS-

  • Atlantic Ambulance will be stationed in Chester. This will allow them to respond to Chester calls Monday-Friday, 5:45am-7pm.
    • The first and second calls out will be handled by Atlantic, should a third call go out volunteers will be activated.
  • The FAS will handle calls after 7pm and on weekends.
  • Atlantic does bill for their services which is covered by many insurance companies. By federal law, they cannot change your deductible if you have one. If you do not have insurance at all, Atlantic can work with you on managing their fee.

The squad is trying to see if this system better serves the community. We will re-evaluate this system each month.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via our website.

If you live in Chester and are able to join the squad as an EMT, please reach out to us via our website to join. We love to have new members!! Especially daytime hours!

Thank you,
Cassandra Cline
President

About Us

The Chester First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides basic life support services in the roughly 31 square miles of Chester Township and Chester Borough, as well as in surrounding communities when requested.

 

We do this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Last year we answered over 860 emergency calls and we take great pride in providing compassionate and competent care to our patients.

 

We work very closely with the Chester Township and Borough Police Departments, as well as the Chester Volunteer Fire Company. Advanced Life Support services are provided by both Saint Clare’s Health System and Atlantic Health System. Aeromedical Services are provided primarily by New Jersey State Police NorthSTAR and Atlantic Health System’s Air One. In addition, we work very closely and enjoy friendly relationships with our neighboring mutual aid squads which include Long Valley, Bedminster, Peapack-Gladstone, Mendham Township, Mendham Borough, Flanders, Randolph, and Roxbury.

 

We are stationed at 100 North Road in the Highlands Ridge Park - the old Bell Labs/Telcordia property… aka “the telephone pole farm”. Chester Township acquired this property in 2004 and subsequently offered part of the main building to the squad shortly thereafter. We thank them for their generous offering, as this arrangement provided us the opportunity to move from an overcrowded section of the Chester Firehouse to a larger building which has allowed us to grow our organization.

 

We currently have three BLS ambulances and a support unit, and it’s not uncommon for two or three of our ambulances to be on the road at the same time, tending to different or large emergencies.

 

In addition to responding to emergency calls, we are very active within the community. Please visit our Community Outreach section for more information.

 

Our motto is “neighbors helping neighbors” and it’s a motto we truly live by. We all deeply care about our community and those we are called to help. If you think you would like to join our organization, please visit our Join Us section. Thank you for visiting our website!

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