HOBOKEN, NJ – The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps (HVAC) might be getting some back up, according to a resolution facing the City Council Wednesday night.
“Due to the urgent nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential risks associated providing emergency medical services,” reads the resolution, “the Office of Emergency Management determined to retain a vendor to supplement the capacities of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps.”
Hudson-County-based McCabe Ambulance is in line to be that vendor.
According to Councilperson Emily Jabbour, “The discussions related to the ambulance service for the City have been ongoing with both the Hoboken Police Department and Hoboken Fire Department, as both organizations have noted an increased demand in their attention to medical situations. Due to necessity with COVID, the City began the relationship with McCabe as a supplementary ambulance corps service on March 29th and per my discussions with the Administration, McCabe has already logged 28 calls and has an average response time of 3.5 minutes. This data has been extremely useful in terms of the City's ability to assess the capacity of our public safety network to respond to emergencies.”
Jabbour added, “My understanding is that COVID-19 has negatively impacted both the capacity for overall volunteerism associated with the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as well as the day-to-day availability of volunteers in terms of the regular occurrence of quarantines/exposures, which has limited the availability of this service in the community. This agreement is purely supplemental to the existing service that HVAC provides.”
The resolution goes on to state that McCabe Ambulance was awarded a $28,800 contract for emergency medical services running from March 29, 2021 through June 18, 2021.
“McCabe was already working with the City of Hoboken to fulfill mutual aid service calls when our Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps was not in service and they have a standing relationship with Hoboken University Medical Center,” said Jabbour, who co-sponsored the resolution. “The current contract that is on the agenda would provide service through June 21st. I know that conversations are ongoing with all public safety organizations in Hoboken to ensure that we have a long-term plan that offers the ambulatory service Hoboken residents can rely on.”
The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the primary 911 Emergency Care and Transport provider for the City of Hoboken. HVAC is celebrating 50 years of service to the Hoboken community.
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