North Bergen’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) just acquired a new four-wheel-drive ambulance to further improve service to the township. The new Type 1 ambulance is larger than the existing fleet, with more room in the rear cabin to treat patients.
While the smaller ambulances are more maneuverable for tight spaces, the new model is built for rough weather and hilly terrain. Currently the EMS fleet consists of four ambulances that are on-call 24/7 on rotating shifts. The town expects to acquire a fifth ambulance before the summer.
Last year North Bergen’s EMS received between 7,000 and 8,000 service calls from 911. Patients are transported to the nearest medical facility unless they are in need of emergency care such as for stroke or trauma, in which case they are transported to designated facilities specializing in that condition. North Bergen also lends assistance to neighboring municipalities as needed, and vice versa, thanks to a mutual aid agreement.