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History

In 1946 a young boy was hit by a truck on Germantown road, in the Apshawa section of the township and there was no ambulance available. He died before aid could be obtained.

 Later that year Mr. Ken Norman of the township started talking to the members of the 6 fire companies of West Milford with the idea of two men from each fire company volunteering to take a first aid course. The fire companies were to purchase the ambulance for them. Lester Titus, another township resident, said he would loan the money to them without interest for as long as it would take to pay it back. They accepted this generous offer and within one year to the day, the final payment was made to Mr. Titus. The first ambulance was a 1948 Superior Cadillac.

 They later purchased a used ambulance from the Ridgefield First Aid Squad for the sum of $1.00. This was parked in the Upper Greenwood Lake section of the township.

 In January of 1955 the West Milford Township Firemen’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps broke away from the fire companies and formed the West Milford Township First Aid Squad, Inc. This was due to overcrowded conditions in their buildings. They made plans for the two buildings, which with a few additions and alterations, are still in use today.

 

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West Milford First Aid Squad

PO Box 387

West Milford, NJ  07480

or

WMFAS@optonline.net

 

 

1947

The photograph above shows the original West Milford First Aid Squad in front of the old Macopin Volunteer Fire House.  In the photograph are from left to right:  West Milford Police Chief John Moeller, Recording Secretary Donald Sly, Assistant Instructor Joseph Moeller, Reidar Wang, Ethel Wang, Service Secretary Joseph Fiorella, Bill McKenney, Donald Ryerson, Louis Swatos, Chief Instructor Sidney Wood, Reverend Frank Kennedy, Helen Michelfelder, Harry Michelfelder and West Milford Police Officer James Kemble.  

Final Rig Payment

Above is a photograph taken as the final first Rig payment was made.

1952

 

The photograph above is of members of the West Milford First Aid Squad in 1952.

1964

In 1964 the squad purchased the above pictured 1960 Cadilac Rig.

1974

WMFAS members of 1974. Facing the photo from left to right are pictured; Bob DeBoo, Don Touw, Herb Moser, Jack Cronen, Emmett Leeper, Clay Sondermeyer, Don Anderson, Jim Donnelly and Bill Stenstrum.

 

Last modified: December 13, 2003

 

 

Response Calls

The first two years the new squad covered a total of 74 ambulance calls. Since then, the squad and township have grown.  

In 1947 there was one ambulance and by 1974 there were three plus one van truck used for delivering hospital beds and other loan equipment to residents of the township.  

In the 1980’s the squad switched to the type of ambulances known as “Mini Mods” and increased the number of rigs to four. 

During the late 1990’s as member training requirements became more complex and the need to carry more sophisticated equipment became the norm, the squad began switching over to the full size “Modular” ambulances that can be seen on our equipment page.  By 2002, the last of the Mini Mods was replaced by the full size rigs. 

In 1973, the squad reported responding to 923 calls and covered 34,011 miles with a total of 3,595 volunteer hours and a membership of 60 volunteers. In 1999 the squad responded to 1,493 calls with a total of 5,422 volunteer hours and covered 51,729 miles and a membership at year-end of 51. In 2002, we responded to 1,757 calls, which took 7,349 volunteer hours, and covered 58,242 miles of local roads, all by our 63 volunteers. So, basic math will tell you that while the membership numbers have remained fairly consistent, the call volume has increased significantly. West Milford is one of the few towns in the area who is still able to provide 24/7 volunteer coverage without one single request for Mutual Aid from another town, while at the same time, we provide Mutual Aid assistance to other towns several times each month.

 

 
   

West Milford Township First Aid Squad PO Box 387 West Milford NJ 07480
Telephone Number:  973-728-3754
Email:  WMFAS@optonline.net