Emergency medical services in Glen Ridge are provided by a three-tiered system which includes police, ambulance, and hospital-based paramedic professionals. A call to 9-1-1 reaches a dispatcher trained to give appropriate instructions until police arrive. In Glen Ridge, all police are First Responder and CPR certified, and are usually on the scene in one minute or less. The Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad is dispatched simultaneously and responds with a crew of 3-4, including at least two certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's), in an average time of less than eight minutes.
Non-emergency medical transportation is available without charge, and by advance appointment, for any Glen Ridge resident who is non-ambulatory or requires special equipment or care. Transports may be scheduled for any day of the week between 7AM and 10PM by calling Ambulance Headquarters at 973-748-7721. The Squad requests at least 48 hours advance notice for transports in order to schdule available volunteers. Funding for the GRVAS is provided by donations from Glen Ridge residents; the Squad does not bill for its services. The GRVAS is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization.
The GRVAS is always looking for new members to serve as volunteers on the squad. Volunteers are usually residents of Glen Ridge or other surrounding communities in close proximity to Glen Ridge. Training is provided free of charge to members who qualify. Anybody who is interested in serving the community as a member of this volunteer squad should submit a written request to the Captain or leave a message requesting a meeting at Ambulance Headquarters, 973-748-7721 or 973-748-5400.
For more information about the GRVAS, please visit www.grvas.org
Near By Hospitals
Glen Ridge is within the service area of several major hospitals including the UMDNJ Trauma Center and the Saint Barnabas Burn Center.
Mountainside Hospital is located within the Borough of Glen Ridge. The hospital is a 343-bed teaching hospital located in Glen Ridge. A joint venture of LHP Hospital Group, Inc. and Hackensack University Medical Center, Mountainside provides a broad range of primary and tertiary services including cardiology, radiology, a fully-staffed Emergency Room and one of the best-equipped gastrointestinal suites in the tri-state area. In addition, the hospital has a new Chronic Renal Dialysis Unit, a Chest Pain Center in the Emergency Room and a Headache and Pain Management Center.