New technology has been added to North Bergen’s five Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulances to offer greater safety to drivers and the community at large. New monitors, mounted inside the windshield near the rearview mirror, include cameras that capture the road directly ahead of the ambulance as well as the front seat of the vehicle. In addition, they track such factors as the speed of the ambulance, GPS location, whether the sirens were in use, and if there were any sudden stops.
The goal is to be able to look back at any incidents and see exactly what transpired, including everything from whether another driver cut off the ambulance to whether the ambulance staff is wearing seat belts.
Everything is recorded on a chip that can be removed and archived. In the event of a situation like a car accident, the driver can hit an “event” button that marks the time of the incident and saves all data for 10 minutes before and after the button is pressed.
North Bergen is the first municipality in Hudson County to implement the monitors. The township receives approximately 7,000 call from 911 every year. According to Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual, the new monitors were installed to proactively protect the EMTs in the event of accidents or any other incidents.