HILLSDALE, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Health thinks the Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service is pretty great... so great it nominated the team for an award.
The agency has been nominated for the category of Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency for 2016
Captain John Beatty attributes the nomination to the fact that Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service answers an average of more than 900 calls yearly for the past three years, with 45 members riding one day a week and one weekend a month – all volunteering their time.
In 2016, the squad answered a new record of 982 calls. These calls involved over 3,000 man hours of active service calls and an immeasurable amount of scheduled shift hours by the membership.
The number of calls answered has skyrocketed compared to just five years ago, when the squad was answering less than 700 requests. While the majority of calls are in Hillsdale, the Corp’s serves surrounding towns with mutual aid when needed, providing a valuable service to the Pascack Valley.
Beatty, as captain for the past four years, recruiting high school and youngsters to add the those experienced members, building the membership and future of the corps.
During his 4 terms there have been successful fundraising events for the purchase of a new ambulance, and community education and public relation campaigns.
Beatty will be the first to tell you there is no "I" in "team," a press release says, and that the success of Hillsdale Ambulance is due to all the members as a whole.