To the Residents of Cedar Grove:
During this period of stress and uncertainty spawned by the coronavirus pandemic, the Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad has decided to TEMPORARILY suspend local EMS service to protect themselves, their families, our supportive police officers and patients. Our Squad has continued to be 100% volunteer, even as the EMS landscape in New Jersey is shifting to the paid EMS model. This decision was both difficult and emotional for all of us.
Having received word that a few of our members have exhibited signs & symptoms of the virus and may have contracted it, are seeking testing when tests are hard to come by, and waiting days for results, unfortunately, for the first time in 84 years of continuous and dedicated service, we cannot continue the operation of the Squad for at least the next few weeks.
We definitely expect and look forward to our Squad Members returning to active duty again, and we will be able to provide our usual level of EMS service in the future.
On March 30, 2020 we notified and discussed with the Township Manager, Council and the Police Chief of this status change. The township has made arrangements for 24 hour coverage for Emergency Medical Services with Little Falls Rescue and Atlantic Medical Transport.
In these trying times, other neighboring Squads and the paid services are facing similar issues with staffing and stress on their EMS membership, the same as our dedicated volunteer membership. We are thankful to the other agencies for their support. Several heroic members of our Squad work by day as health care providers and still put in additional hours on a volunteer basis for the sake of Cedar Grove residents. In so many ways, this excruciating decision was the correct one for all concerned.
Please only call 911 in an emergency situation, so that EMS response goes to the people who need it most. As we look ahead to the near future, look for the CGARS vehicles to roll again!
Your Friends, Next Door Neighbors and the dedicated CGARS Squad Members