NUTLEY, NJ - Commissioner Alphonse Petracco is expected to introduce an ordinance at the July 21 Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners meeting that will dissolve the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad.

According to the agenda, Ordinance 3449 will be introduced at the July 21 meeting. It will then be published on July 30. A public hearing scheduled for August 18. 

The ordinance reads:

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WHEREAS, pursuant to Ordinance section 60-1, the Township of Nutley established the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad previously known as the Nutley First Aid Squad;

and WHEREAS, Ordinance sections 60-1 to 60-8 sets forth the requirements for the operation and management of the Nutley Emergency Rescue Squad;

and WHEREAS, under section 60-8 of the Township of Nutley’s code, the Township may dissolve the Nutley Emergency Rescue Squad at any time by the Board of Commissioners by adopting an ordinance to that effect;

and WHEREAS, the Township of Nutley has taken appropriate measures to secure alternative Basic Life Service (“BLS”) that will serve as the emergency medical service for the Township upon adoption of this ordinance to dissolve the Nutley Emergency Rescue Squad;

and WHEREAS, the Township of Nutley has concerns over the operation and functioning of the existing Nutley Emergency Rescue Squad due to irregularities in management and failure to comply with the existing ordinance regarding management of the squad;

and WHEREAS, the Township is committed to ensuring that all of its residents will continue to receive the best care possible for basic life services and seeks to ensure there shall be no threat to public health, safety or welfare for the residents of the Township;

and NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Commissioners of the Township of Nutley that the Nutley First Aid Squad shall be dissolved by Ordinance.

The Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad has been a part of the community for 67 years. 

This is a developing story.


The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 via Zoom. To gain access to the meeting go to Password: 876956. For those without computer access or mobile device you may dial into the meeting at:  (number based on your current location) US: +1 929 205 6099; +1 312 626 6799; +1 301 715 8592; +1 346 248 7799; +1 669 900 6833; or +1 253 215 8782. Meeting ID: 988 0592 1694.

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