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Harrison Township to Join Gloucester County EMS

Beginning June 1 Harrison becomes 17th Town to in GCEMS

(Harrison Twp., NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Chila announced today that beginning at 6 am on June 1, 2013 Gloucester County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) will begin handling emergency medical services for Harrison Township.

Freeholder Director Damminger said that GCEMS responded to 15461 requests for service in 2012, with a system wide average response time of 5 minutes and 56 seconds. 

“The county extends an invitation each year to the municipalities who have not joined GCEMS so we can plan for them coming into the system.  We are pleased that Harrison has decided to join GCEMS and we are confident that they will be pleased with the level of professional service they receive,” said Freeholder Director Damminger. 

Damminger said, “GCEMS staff are highly qualified professionals who are constantly receiving training on the newest methods and equipment.  When people dial 911 and need an ambulance and minutes can feel like an eternity.  GCEMS will continue to meet their high standards of maintaining a standard response time of 9 minutes or less without jeopardizing service to the other 16 municipalities that participate.”

A GCEMS crew will be stationed in the Harmony Fire House, located on Main Street in Mullica Hill.  All current Harrison Township EMS employees were offered the opportunity to apply for a position with GCEMS and many are currently actively participating in the interview and testing process.
Freeholder Deputy Director Chila said, “Adding Harrison Township means that GCEMS will provide primary EMS service in 17 municipalities within the county.  GCEMS expects to respond to an additional 1200 requests for service per year with the addition of Harrison Township so GCEMS is conducting response time testing in the Harrison, South Harrison and Elk Township area to ensure that they maintain the 9 minute national response time standard developed by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.”  Chila is also the liaison to GCEMS.
GCEMS is New Jersey’s first and only county based EMS agency and was launched by the Freeholder Board in 2007 as a response to local concerns about ambulance response times. 

GCEMS utilizes a  ‘Dynamic Staging’ model of operation to continuously redeploy available staffed ambulances (those crews that are currently not on a call) in anticipation of additional calls for service.  This deployment strategy potentially lowers actual response times to subsequent incidents and permits crews to arrive at the patient’s location quickly and efficiently.
Utilizing a fleet of 25 ambulances GCEMS, recognized as the 2010 Public EMS Agency of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Health, has a staff of over 200 pre-hospital providers and provides EMS response from 12 strategically placed stations within the participating municipalities.  GCEMS is also the only area EMS agency equipped with a Bariatric Ambulance, designed specifically to treat and transport bariatric patients safely and with dignity.

GCEMS provides serves to Clayton, Elk, Glassboro, Pitman, Mantua, Logan, West Deptford, Paulsboro, South Harrison, Swedesboro, East Greenwich, Woolwich, National Park, Greenwich, Wenonah and the City of Woodbury.