The Fair Haven First Aid Squad
is a sub-organization of the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company No.
1. We are an all volunteer organization that consists of approximately
40 active and active-exempt members from our community. Our mission
is to provide quality emergency care and transportation for the
residents of Fair Haven, 24 hours-a-day, throughout the entire year,
and to offer mutual aid assistance for our neighboring communities
when summoned. Prior to joining the first aid squad, it is required
that candidates be a member of the fire company, either as a firefighter,
auxiliary, social or honorary member. All active members of the
squad must hold either a valid New Jersey Department of Health Emergency
Medical Technician (EMT) or First Responder card, along with a valid
CPR card. For more information about becoming an active member of
the first aid squad, please click on our How
to Join link.
This page is intended to provide
information for visitors to our website who are interested in delving
deeper into the operations of the First Aid Squad. Whether you are
prospective members or visitors from another EMS unit, we hope the
information will be helpful.
In 2009, the Fair Haven First Aid Squad responded to approximately 470 calls,
of which approximated 110 were mutual aid assists for our surrounding communities. We
are right on target compared to previous years' response amounts, which
usually average around 400 calls. Our volunteers put in a total
of approximately 1,800 hours during the past year.
Each month, the squad conducts
its business meeting and 1 or 2 training exercises. The State of
New Jersey has specific training guidelines, depending on the level
of certification. The Fair Haven First Aid Squad consists of First
Responder and/or EMT certified personnel. All of our active members
are defibrillator certified. The required training consists of either
a re-certification course or approved New Jersey Department of Health
continuing education courses totaling 48 credit hours every three
years. CPR re-certification is an annual requirement and lectures
/ demonstrations are given "in-house" every month. The
Fair Haven First Aid Squad is always trying to improve the quality
of patient care by learning and training with new methods and technologies.
Fair Haven First Aid Squad is one important element that makes
up the area's EMS system. Two fairly new parts of the EMS system
are Paramedics and MedEvac helicopters. MONOC, a cooperative non-profit
organization made up of several New Jersey hospitals, is the provider
of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) branch of the EMS system. The
local first aid squads can only provide Basic Life Support (BLS)
for a patient, which includes bandaging, splinting, CPR and oxygen
therapy. There are some cases where the patient requires a higher
level of care, such as intra-venous (IV) drug administration, cardiac
defibrillation, endotracheal intubation and other various techniques.
For these cases, the 9-1-1 operator or first aid squad will have
a paramedic unit dispatched to assist. A paramedic unit can be
compared to a hospital emergency room on wheels that comes right
to your front door. The Fair Haven First Aid Squad primarily uses
MONOC Medic Unit #206 (County #59-206), which operates out of the
Middletown/Red Bank, NJ area.
Most of our patients are transported
Medical Center, located in neighboring Red Bank, or to Monmouth
Medical Center, in Long Branch. As mentioned earlier, the Fair
Haven First Aid Squad does not charge a fee for our ambulance service,
however, a patient treated by a paramedic might be charged a fee
depending on the type of treatment rendered. If a fee were to be
imposed, MONOC would bill the patient's insurance company for that
amount, similar to a hospital bill. The patient should be aware
that they have the right to refuse any type of treatment or procedure,
however, to risk life or limb over cost savings is never advisable.
involved in severe traumatic situations need to be transported
to a State recognized Trauma Center. Jersey
Shore Medical Center, Neptune, NJ is Fair Haven's closest
center, however, it takes about 20-30 minutes to get there by
ground. Because only seconds count in trauma cases, it is sometimes
necessary that patients be transported by helicopter, which would
only take 8-10 minutes by air. The NorthStar MedEvac program
is a cooperative effort between the NJ State Police and UMDNJ's
University Hospital, Newark, NJ. Upon request from our squad
or the paramedic unit, NorthStar will come directly to the scene
and can transport up to two victims to the closest trauma center.
If NorthStar is on another mission, its sister ship from southern
New Jersey, SouthStar MedEvac can fly up to our area.
now has a helicopter known as "MONOC 1" and started MedEvac
operations in 2006. MONOC 1 primarily does inter-facilty
flights, but will perform on-scene response, if needed.