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We respond wherEVER we are needed
new york city during 9/11/01
The Hopatcong Ambulance Squad has come a long way since its beginning in 1946 where the boro was serviced by its first group of volunteers using a 1937 Buick and a 1940 La Salle in a single car garage on River Styx Road. Prior to the formation of the squad the nearest ambulance was located at Dover General Hospital.
Over the years the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad continued to grow and expand. The original garage was renovated to add 3 bays to accommodate more modern ambulances and give the building the look it has today.
Today a group of approximately 30 volunteer men and women from all walks of life share a common goal to help our neighbors. We are highly trained professionals and most members are certified EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians), and have invested nearly 200 hours of classroom instruction as well as having served a hospital internship as a part of our training. We participate in a highly structured program of continuing education to maintain our skills and knowledge and are required to be re-certified every few years.
We provide emergency services coverage around the clock and respond to around 1,000 calls per year which is a dramatic increase from the original 25 calls in 1946. We also provide emergency standby coverage for events in the boro such as Hopatcong Days, graduations, parades, sporting events, etc. to be able to respond quickly when needed. Our fleet of three well equipped ambulances provides us with the tools and environment to work in just about any situation.
Due to the limited availability of volunteers during weekday hours we have employed a number of per-diem EMTs to handle emergency calls Monday-Friday during daytime hours. Evenings and weekend calls continue to be handled by our dedicated volunteers. This ensures that 9-1-1 medical emergency calls are answered during this time when typically volunteers are not available due to professional commitments.
The Hopatcong Ambulance Squad has become it's own business entity and supports itself through billing for services provided. All patients treated and transported by our ambulance will be billed. We use a third party for billing company (DM Medical Billing) to bill a patient's insurance company. Hopatcong residents and Hopatcong employees will not have to pay anything beyond what their insurance company provides. Non-residents will receive up to two bills, at which point the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad will have the option of cancelling the debt. Treatment will be provided prior to asking for any insurance information. No patient will be denied treatment or transportation. If the patient does not have insurance, a bill will still be sent; however the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad will have the discretion to cancel the debt. Our goal as always is the safety and well being of our patients.
In 2013, after being nationally certified, we introduced an emergency services bike patrol to be able to be even more responsive to the needs of the boro during events with crowds or events like races where participants are on the move. We are always looking to improve our skills, acquire the most up to date tools, and continue to grow our ranks to be able to keep Hopatcong safe.
If you have ever thought about what you could do to help your community you should consider joining us. See the “Join Us” tab for more information.