SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield First Aid Squad is a non-profit that runs 24/7 with a mostly volunteer crew of 75. A few are paid a per diem for hard to fill daytime shifts. Residents pay nothing out of pocket for a call or ambulance transport. Health insurance will reimburse and the Township pays the co-pay.
According to Brett Biebelberg who handles publicity for the Squad, Springfield First Aid Squad handles 1,700-1,800 calls annually. He said, “Our call volume has increased slightly over the last several years as the population ages and as new residents move into town in many of the new apartments.”
The Squad does use social media and other forms of outreach to engage with the community in substance abuse prevention. In the case of an opioid overdose, Narcan is carried and the technicians are trained in its use.
Fundraising is crucial to keeping this service free to all residents. A mailing is done in the Spring and the Fall. According to Brett Biebelberg, "People are quite generous."
If you are interested in volunteering to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), training is done in-house. Uniforms are also rovided. It is possible to be sponsored for additional training at Union County College or a local hospital. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and in good health. Those interested can apply on the website springfieldfas.org. The non-emergency number is 973-908-8EMS.
Here is the link to the Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldFAS/