The Tri-Boro First Aid Squad was founded in January 1935 and incorporated in January 1938. During the first year of operation, the Squad rendered assistance in 83 emergency calls and 68 silent transportation calls, traveling a total distance of 6,000 miles. The first Squad Building, located on J Street, was completed in 1939. The first ambulance was a ten-year-old Studebaker purchased from the Point Pleasant First Aid Squad. It was first housed in Flitcroft’s garage before the J Street building was constructed, with volunteers answering first aid calls in the three towns originally covered by the Squad: Seaside Park, Seaside Heights and Lavallette. Lavallette soon organized its own first aid squad, and Tri-Boro added the Borough of Island Beach to its coverage area.
Today We continue to cover calls in Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, South Seaside Park (Berkeley Township), and Island Beach State Park, as well as providing support to neighboring towns for mutual aid calls. We respond to approximately 2,000 calls a year ranging from heart attacks, diabetic emergencies, traumatic falls, fire standbys and much more. Additionally, we provided support during Super-Storm Sandy, the Boardwalk fire, the Gentlemen of the Road music festival and the annual Polar Bear plunge.
In 2007, the amount of volunteer EMTs that were a part of Tri-Boro First Aid Squad began to decline. In order to prevent the loss of EMS coverage for the towns that we cover, we began billing for emergency responses/transports. Today we employ approximately 30 EMTs and have staff on duty 24/7, 365 days a year, to ensure the safety of the people within our community. With four state-of-the-art ambulances, a first responder SUV, a John Deere 4x4 Gator, a Polaris Ranger side-by-side vehicle, and three bikes, we are able to respond to any emergency call that comes in.
We still have a very large volunteer basis that we rely heavily on for fundraising and squad events. Despite the fact that we bill for emergency responses, the bulk of our expenses are paid for through the continued support of local residents and local businesses.
In 2019 our crews responded to a total of 1,863 EMS calls. Additionally, we stood-by for multiple bad-weather events. We also provided EMS coverage for multiple events in the community including walks, races, concerts and street festivals. It was a great job by all of our employees and members and we look forward to serving the community in 2020!
We have recently started sending letters out to local and national businesses, corporations and foundations for our 2020 fund drive. We have set out this year with the goal of raising $30,000 to update necessary equipment that we use during our day-to-day operations. We would like to thank everyone for their support and donations in advance and will continue to update everyone on our progress!
We have recently started sending letters out to local and national businesses, corporations and foundations for our 2020 vehicle fund drive. We have set out this year with the goal of raising $60,000 to purchase a new First Responder Vehicle to replace our 1999 Ford Expedition. We would like to thank everyone for their support and donations in advance and will continue to update everyone on our progress!
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When an emergency vehicle is approaching your vehicle from behind, do you know what to do? Don’t be alarmed or panic, just pull your vehicle over as far to the right side of the road as possible and stop.
Never stop in the middle of the road, pull into the center lane or into oncoming traffic.
Whenever you see an approaching emergency vehicle, remember:
PULL TO THE RIGHT FOR SIRENS AND LIGHTS.
We would like to remind everyone that although the weather remains nice, and the ocean temperatures remain warm, swimming while lifeguards are not present is strongly discouraged. From September through May while the lifeguards are off duty our crews along with the local police and fire departments respond to many calls for "swimmers in distress" in the ocean. We have beach capable vehicles that always remain ready to go onto the beach at a moments notice and all of our employees are trained to drive both vehicles on the sand if needed but we would prefer to not need to use this training. Please take our warnings and stay out of the water if lifeguards are not present.