As an upcoming Lifetime Member, the quote by Norman B Rice "Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light" sums up Squad 85. Great Bay Regional EMS was created in May 1999 when EMS volunteers worked out of a small construction trailer with one ambulance on the parking lot of the West Tuckerton Fire Dept. Subsequently, as the community and the need for emergency medical services increased, Little Egg Harbor Township donated property at 100 Oak Lane where Great Bay stands today. Great Bay was stationed there for two years during the construction of a permanent building. The grand opening was celebrated on June 18, 2005 with a parade and ceremony.
The volunteers at Great Bay serve a residential population of approximately 25,000 people in the townships of Little Egg Harbor, Eagleswood. With the support of law enforcement and fire departments, there are over 2,000 responses to emergency calls annually. The Squad also serves at town events such as: boat races, parades, and various other types of events and provide Fire Department Rehabilitation for firefighters performing their functions.
Our goal at Squad 85 is to provide comprehensive, skillful and free healthcare services to the communities in which we serve, while continuing to evolve with changing healthcare needs. Great Bay is able to continued its mission and commitment to the public through the generous donations from the local communities and support from the townships in which they serve. The Squad is always looking for hardworking and dedicated individuals to join their team as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), drivers and administrative members. No prior rescue experience is necessary and free training is provided.