FAQs

How is Allendale Ambulance Corps, Inc. structured?
Allendale Ambulance Corps, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Corps is led by an elected Captain, Assistant Captain, 1st Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant and 3rd Lieutenant. The Corps is overseen by the elected Association Officers; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary.

Does Allendale Ambulance Corps (AVAC) charge patients for their services?
No.  We do not charge for our services, and never have, since our inception in 1937

Sometimes I see two ambulances come to a call.  Why?                                                                                                                      What you probably saw was an Allendale Ambulance Corps Ambulance and a hospital based paramedic unit. In New Jersey paramedics are usually hospital based and sometimes use SUVs or ambulances to respond to emergency calls.  Sometimes referred to as MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Units), these vehicles and the paramedics who operate them are an extension of the hospital emergency room.  

I got a bill for my ambulance trip to the hospital.  I thought AVAC doesn't charge.                                                                         You are correct.  Allendale Ambulance Corps does not charge for services.  However, there is a charge for the hospital based paramedics if they were called to assist in the medical care you received.

Who makes the determination as to whether or not Paramedics are needed?
There are very specific protocols that spell out the need for paramedics. When someone calls 911 or your local police dispatcher, based upon the nature of the injury / illness / event,  they can quickly determine the need for paramedics. Additionally, the ambulance crew can also request to have paramedics dispatched, should the crew determine there is a need.

What happens if I need an ambulance and the ambulance or the crew is not available?
Allendale Ambulance Corps relies on long standing mutual aid agreements with other volunteer ambulance squads from a number of surrounding towns. These agreements are reciprocal. It is also understood and agreed that these mutual aid volunteer ambulance squads will never charge patients that are treated and / or transported from Allendale.

Are your members all volunteers? Are any of your members paid?
Yes, all of the members of Allendale Ambulance Corps are unpaid volunteers. Most of our members are otherwise employed and / or are students.

What hospitals do you take your patients to?                                                                                                                                            Our primary hospitals are The Valley Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. We also transport to Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, Holy Name Medical Center, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY.  We will transport patients to their hospital of choice as above, unless medical circumstances dictate a different destination hospital.

What is the level of training of your typical member
All of the members providing direct patient care are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). At present, the curriculum for the EMT program is approximately 250 hours.  EMTs are also required to re-certify every three years and take continuing education units (CEUs) each year. Our drivers are specifically trained in Ambulance Operations, Defensive Driving and Coaching Emergency Vehicle Operations (CEVO). Additionally all of the EMTs and drivers are trained in CPR, which includes the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), response to hazardous material incidents, and response to large scale incidents among other training.

In addition to answering ambulance calls, what other activities does Allendale Ambulance Corps do
There are lots of activities over and above answering ambulance calls. The members of Allendale Ambulance Corps are members of your community. Look for us in town parades, Allendale Day, high school football games, 4th of July games & fireworks, Boy Scout and Girl Scout events, just to name a few.

My elderly parents live in Allendale and I do not, is there anything I can do to help you in the event they need an ambulance
The best thing anyone, of any age, can do is draw up a list of medications, medical history and allergies to medications or foods.  Be sure to include conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, etc. as well as any other the counter medications, vitamins and herbal products. We provide a link to a free download of a medical information card on our Downloads & Links page.

What if I have an “Advanced Directive” or a “Living Will”? Should I have these documents available for the ambulance crew?
A “Living Will” is a type of “Advanced Directive”. It is somewhat limited in its scope. Some people have a specific type of “Advanced Directive” called a “Do Not Resuscitate”(DNR) order. This written document, when presented and authenticated is honored by ambulance crew members as well as other first responders. If you have a DNR, for yourself or another family member who you are caring for, please allow the first responders to see this document
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