UNION, NJ – The first volunteer ambulance service in Union, the Callmen’s Emergency Unit, was established in July 1956 and located in Fire House Station #2 on Vauxhall Road. A second Union ambulance squad, Emergency Medical Services, began in 1977 and was stationed at police headquarters.
The two units merged in 2003 to become the Emergency Medical Unit (with about 20 members from Emergency Medical Services and about 60 from Callmen’s Emergency Unit). This month, the service is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a volunteer ambulance squad. “Though the name changed,” said Robert Hoffman, a trustee and past president of the squad, “the unit has been providing volunteer ambulance service to the Township for 60 years.”
“We have about 60 volunteers in the unit,” said Hoffman. “In 2015, we answered about 5,300 calls,” he said. “So far this year, we’ve responded to 2,826 calls.”
“We get all kinds of calls,” Hoffman said, “from accidents to fires and heart attacks to people falling.” He added they see a great deal of traffic-related injuries due to Union’s proximity to Route 78, the Parkway, and Route 22. “We have a great group of dedicated volunteers.”