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Join a 5K or join a fitness class to raise funds for support and research.BY JENNIFER AMATOPublished: September 27, 2022 October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Show your support for the w...
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On Sunday, September 25, 2022, Wanamassa First Aid Squad attended the Township of Ocean Fall Fest 2022 at Joe Palaia Park. EMTs showcased ambulance 37-2-56 and its equipment along side Wanamassa Fire...
Governor Murphy Announces Creation of Online Portal & Advisory Council to Receive Input from Members of Public, Stakeholders on Use of Opioid Settlement Fundsfrom nj.gov08/31/2022Administration Co...
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From “The Coaster” newspaper March 7, 2019
Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The Wanamassa First Aid Squad began serving the Township of Ocean’s sick and injured in 1928. Volunteers manned our ambulances for response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. This was a savings to the tax payers of millions of dollars over those 85 years.

Seven years ago (March 2012), paid EMT’s had to be hired to cover the daytime hours from 6am to 6pm as volunteers grew scarce, due demands on time, increase in training requirements, and time available to respond due to most households having two persons working full time. The few and dedicated volunteers continued to respond from 6pm to 6am, with individuals often responding several nights a week.

In early to mid-2018 volunteer numbers continued to dwindle, and reliable night time response became an issue. As result Wanamassa First Aid began paid night time service, with paid EMT’s which meant responding EMT’s were paid by the squad as with their daytime counter parts This additional service assured our ambulance could respond to 911 emergencies around the clock.

Tax dollars have always paid for our ambulances, repairs, supplies, equipment, liability insurance, and workman’s compensation for our responders. There was no charge to patients until five years ago because there were no salaries to be paid for staffing. Now, paid EMT’s requires a need for billable charges for patient assessment, treatment, and or transport to our local hospitals. We transport to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

Insurance companies recognize these charges and reimburse accordingly to patients’ coverage. When a patient receives the bill, Wanamassa First Aid urges patients to reply promptly to the billing company with insurance information. If there is a patient responsibility for a balance due, the billing company will work with patients.

While the insurance reimbursements and patient responsibility fees go directly to EMT payroll, the Wanamassa First Aid still relies on donations to help offset salaries and payroll expenses. Needless to say a paid staff if a very expensive to maintain.

Our squad was chartered in 1928 to provide an ambulance emergency service to the residents and visitors to our community. We are still fulfilling this mission albeit our very capable paid EMT staff. You cannot put a price on the benefit of keeping our ambulance responding and saving lives. We have continuously been responding for the past 90 years from the corner of Wickapecko Drive and Sunset Avenue, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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Saturday, October 1st, 2022
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Join a 5K or join a fitness class to raise funds for support and research.BY JENNIFER AMATOPublished: September 27, 2022 October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Show your support for the women (and some men, too) who are battling the disease, those who have finished treatment and survive...
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On Sunday, September 25, 2022, Wanamassa First Aid Squad attended the Township of Ocean Fall Fest 2022 at Joe Palaia Park. EMTs showcased ambulance 37-2-56 and its equipment along side Wanamassa Fire Company.
Governor Murphy Announces Creation of Online Portal & Advisory Council to Receive Input from Members of Public, Stakeholders on Use of Opioid Settlement Fundsfrom nj.gov08/31/2022Administration Commemorates Overdose Awareness Day & Continues its Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis in New Jersey ...
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Sun SafetyEspañol (Spanish)txt iconAudio DescriptionSkin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Too much sun can cause skin cancer. This video explains how to protect your skin from the sun.Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get vitamin D.ex...
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How Do I Protect Myself from Ultraviolet (UV) Rays?Source: American Cancer Society @ www.cancer.orgMost skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some can come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps....
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Alzheimer’s usually starts in the hippocampus, the part of the brain essential in forming memories. As more neurons die, the disease gradually spreads to other parts of the brain.Alzheimer’s is named after Dr.
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THE WHITE HOUSEBRIEFING ROOMA Proclamation on Emergency Medical Services Week, 2022MAY 13, 2022•PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONSEvery day, emergency medical service (EMS) providers put the needs of their communities above their own as they respond to crises, treat injuries, and save lives.
Sunday, May 1st, 2022
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by Dr Charles BloomAccording to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, accounting for one out of every 19 deaths. Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious disability nationwide and around the world.
Friday, April 29th, 2022
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After nearly two years with Wanamassa First Aid, all of us wish Evatar Kanik (3rd from the left) the very best as he moves on to his next endeavor. Evyatar will begin medical school to achieve his goal of becoming a doctor.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
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In homes where there are small children, safety is an important issue. Parents want to protect their children from all potential dangers and will most often take steps to make their home as safe an environment as possible.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
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World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and others living with autism face every day. As a growing global health issue owing to its increasing exposure in the press and common knowledge, autism is an issue that is only gaining more understandi...
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Acting AG Platkin, Division of Highway Traffic Safety Kick Off Nat’l Distracted Driving Awareness Month by Announcing Distracted Driving Study Findings and Launching Initiatives to Combat Driver InattentionDistracted Driving Awareness Campaign and Traffic Enforcement Crackdown Begin TodayFor I...
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Ocean Twp. Elementary 4th grade Girl Scout Troop visited Wanamassa First Aid Squad today for a tour of the ambulances and a first aid lesson. After the troop learned first aid, EMTs Charlie Tjandra and Sydney Woolley, assisted them with building their own first aid kits.
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On April 28, 2021, Wanmassa First Squad visited Girl Scout Brownie Troop 231 to educate the girls in first aid and . The troop was shown how to use different first aid supplies and each built there own first aid kit.
Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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From “The Coaster” newspaper On November 19, 2020, EMS Supervisor Brad Levitzki and EMT Michal Kalisz of the Wanmassa First Squad visited Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60237 to educate the girls in first aid.
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From RWJ Barbnabas Health at rwjh.org October 23, 2020LONG BRANCH, NJ, October 23, 2020 − Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) Explorer Post #175 learned about basic field trauma assessments performed by EMT’s, as well as basic and advanced life support, during a special program held in an outd...
The Wanamassa First Aid Squad began serving the Township of Ocean’s sick and injured in 1928. Volunteers manned our ambulances for response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. This was a savings to the tax payers of millions of dollars over those 85 years.Seven years ago (Marc...
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From the Asbury Park Press - Tuesday, April 30, 1946 - Page 16
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