Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the EMS system?
Dial 9-1-1 to report any emergency. When the call is answered you are asked several questions. The first question is "what is the emergency?" At the same time emergency equipment is being dispatched, you will be asked additional questions about the situation.
What do I do after the phone call?
Remain calm. Call-takers will provide information and instructions to assist you in reacting to the emergency and providing aid to the patient. Remember to not move an injured person unless their life is in immediate danger. Equally important, don't become a victim yourself. Offer only the level of aid that you are comfortable with providing. Finally, if your request for assistance is for an illness, gather all medications the patient is taking, along with a current medical history, to pass on to the emergency medical personnel when they arrive.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying flashing red lights and sirens, what should I do?
By New Jersey state law, you are required to immediately pull to the right and come to a full and complete stop. This clears the roadway and allows the emergency apparatus to safely and quickly continue its response. If you are unable to pull completely to the right, simply stay where you are and let the emergency vehicle driver navigate around you.
What if I see a passenger car or other private vehicle with flashing blue lights?
Volunteer members of First Aid Squads and Fire Departments are issued flashing blue lights for their personal vehicles to allow them to quickly respond to calls. If you see flashing blue lights, you are required by law pull to the right side of the road and stop completely so that our members can continue on their way to answering someone's emergency call.
How do I find out about the status of a patient you transported to the hospital?
By law we are not allowed to give out any information regarding patients we have cared for, in the same fashion as a doctor cannot give out information about his or her patients.
When I called for the ambulance, the police came to my house as well. Why were they there?
Police officers from Far Hills Borough or Bedminster Township respond with the Squad on every call for two reasons. First, the officers are trained as medical first responders. In the event that they arrive before the ambulance, they are able to begin medical treatment until the ambulance arrives. Second, the officers are there to ensure the safety of our members.
What is the difference between EMTs and Paramedics?
There are two levels of service in New Jersey. First, there are Basic Life Support (BLS) services, which respond to every call. BLS services respond with immediate life-saving care. The Far Hills - Bedminster First Aid Squad, like other volunteer ambulance services and many private ambulances, is a BLS agency. Additionally, there are Advanced Life Support (ALS) services, also known as paramedics. Paramedics are said to "bring the emergency room right to you," and have more advanced equipment and training for serious emergencies. Paramedics are based out of area hospitals, and can be dispatched directly to a call or requested by a BLS unit.
How can I become an EMT?
Please visit http://www.nj.gov/health/ems/emt.shtml
How long is the EMT course? How much does the EMT course cost?
There are many different options for the 120 hour training. Some classes meet every day for a month, while others meet one or two nights a week for several months. The cost for EMT training is $300.00 whether you live in Somerset County or another county. Far Hills - Bedminster First Aid Squad will pay for EMT training after you become a member of our squad.
Where can I find out about CPR classes?
What is an AED?
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device. An AED can check a person’s heart rhythm and recognize a rhythm that requires a shock. And advises the rescuer when a shock is needed. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take. Click Here for more details.
Where can I purchase an AED and how much does one cost?
AEDs are manufactured and sold under guidelines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA may require someone who purchases an AED to present a physician's prescription for the device. The price of an AED varies by make and model. Most AEDs cost between $1,500–$2,000.