Milltown Rescue Squad

Proudly Serving Our Community Since 1937 

Statement Regarding Fund Drive 2020

As many of you know, every year the Milltown Rescue Squad holds it's annual fund drive in May. If you participated in our yearly drive already, we thank you for your continued support of the Milltown Rescue Squad.

For the last 83 years, the volunteers of the Milltown Rescue Squad have not stopped providing professional Emergency Medical and Rescue Services to the residents of Milltown.

This year, we all know, things are different. Because of the unprecedented situation, we will not be walking door to door this year. This is usually the most important component of our fund raising efforts, however, we want to prioritize the health of you and us by minimizing our contacts with the public.

If you normally wait until we knock on your door, it is important this year that you send in your donation via mail. We know many of you wait to see us so you can give your thanks or a hug. While we appreciate the love we receive from so many of you, it makes sense we not knock this year.

If you have not mailed in your donation, you can send on in at anytime. Please feel free to utilize the pre-addressed envelope sent to you or donate securely on our website through "PayPal".

To all of you who continue to support the squad's mission to provide Emergency Medical Services, Thank You! We could not be here without you. Your donations have, and continue to, allow us to maintain the most current and state of the art equipment as well as retain a large roster of well trained volunteer EMTs.

The Squad is not funded by tax dollars and our billing program only funds a portion of your Ambulance service. This means that your donations are a vital source of revenue! Without your support there would be no rescue squad.

If you lost your envelope you can mail your donations in any envelope to:

Milltown Rescue Squad, Inc.
PO Box 308
Milltown, NJ 08850

If you would like to make a non-monetary donation, such as unused medical supplies, cleaning products, PPE or food, please email [email protected] to arrange a time you can drop it off.

For the last 83 years, we have been there for you, so now be there for us and support your local rescue squad today!

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THIS STATEMENT.


We want to assure you, the Milltown Rescue Squad, along with our partners in Public Safety, are prepared to deal with patients who may exhibit symptoms associated with any conditions or diseases we may encounter, including COVID-19. We are updated daily on changes in the disease, containment efforts and infection control practices. We are just a small part of the entire Public Health system that is working around the clock to keep you and your family safe and healthy.


WHAT WE ARE DOING DIFFERENTLY


We are no longer allowing passengers to accompany patients to the hospital. The only exceptions will be one parent/guardian of a child, one family member for maternity patient or one family member of patients in end of life situations. If a patient is no longer in a capacity to make their own medical decisions, their Durable Power of Attorney may accompany them to the hospital. These policies are driven by the hospitals we transport to as they are also limiting visitors to the above situations.


When calling 911, there are a series of questions that will be asked by dispatchers. These questions will not delay a response and will aid us in preparing us for your care. Answer these questions honestly and fully.


If your answers trigger an alert to possible COVID-19 symptoms or other infections symptoms, we may render care in a manner safer to you and us. We may ask you to come outside to us if you are able when we arrive on the scene. We may provide you a surgical mast to wear while with us.


If you are in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19, please volunteer this information on the phone when you call.

If you are at risk for infection due to other underlying health conditions such as cancer, ongoing chemotherapy or weakened immune systems, please volunteer this information as well.


WHAT WE ARE CONTINUING TO DO


We are continued to operate as normal. If you are having any type of medical emergency and need EMS to respond, call 911, as always. DO NOT call the Milltown Police directly at 732-828-1100 as 911 calls for medical assistance are transferred to RWJ and screened differently and prompt pre-call screening for COVID-19.


We are continuing to wash and decontaminate our equipment after every patient encounter. We are also continuing to wear gloves on every call. We have a schedule to ensure that our ambulances are washed, both inside and out, to prevent the spread of germs or disease.


We are continuing encourage members to stay home and let other members respond if they feel sick or ill. We take this very seriously and do not let members who have any kind illness ride until they are 100%.


We are also continuing to keep your personal and medical information confidential to protect and respect your legal right to privacy. Your information will only be released by us to the hospital, our billing company and Public Health officials, in accordance with Federal Patient Privacy Laws.


These practices are standard and are not being changed due to any states of emergencies that are in effect. Inquiries about calls for service and affected persons or residences will not be answered or entertained.


WHAT YOU CAN DO


The public should exercise all safety guidelines as recommended by the NJ Department of Health and the CDC. 

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Contact your primary care physician if you need medical care
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a surgical mask if you are not sick and moving around in public. Remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should continue to follow the guidelines above in addition to the steps further below. These are the symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Fever (Greater than 100.4º)
  • Dry Cough
  • Chest Congestion
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Body Aches
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

In situations requiring immediate care, CALL 911. Reasons for immediate care may include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Other than the above situations, call your primary care physician and/or make an appointment to see them. You may be able to do this via your phone or computer. You should verify this through your insurance company or physician’s office/medical group. Do not go without calling, they may ask you to stay home and may send someone over to evaluate you.


Do NOT rush to the emergency department to be tested if you are not experiencing symptoms or your symptoms are mild. Not all cases need hospitalization. Going to the hospital prematurely could put you and your family at risk or others at risk. We also need to save hospital-based resources for those who may truly need them and cannot recover on their own without medical intervention.


Do not call 911 for information or to request testing or information on outbreak patterns. 911 is for emergencies ONLY, such as chest pains, traumatic injury, falls, serious bleeding, difficulty breathing, unconscious persons, heart attack, etc.


If you or someone in your house requires EMS services and call 911, please make attempt to have the patient meet the crew at your door or outside. If you have a facemask, please put it on if experiencing symptoms. Some situations, this may not be possible, if so, please limit the number of people in contact with EMS and the patient while we are working.


The squad is not equipped to diagnose or test for any diseases, we are equipped to treat symptoms, provide basic life support and transport to the hospital for more definitive care. We cannot provide transport to local health care offices or urgent care centers, only the Emergency Department of a local hospital. If you have difficulty accessing these services, please call the Hotline listed below.


If you need further guidance, call NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Please note that the hotline is not for locating testing, obtaining testing results or for medical advice. If you cannot get through because your cell phone has an out of state area code, utilize 1-800-962-1253.


WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION


Please visit the websites below for more information to better prepare you and your family. If you have any questions specifically for the rescue squad, please visit our website for more information.

https://www.milltownrescuesquad.org


We do not have infection control or cleaning equipment to give to the public outside of one emergency calls. We also will not accept donations of used medical equipment or supplies. This is an ongoing policy and is not directly in response to the current pandemic.


Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/


Center for Disease Control Prevention and Treatment

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html  


New Jersey Department of Health Coronavirus Information

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml


Middlesex County Public Health Coronavirus Information

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/2019-CoV.aspx

Welcome to the Website for the Milltown Rescue Squad. Since 1937, the volunteers of the Milltown Rescue Squad have been tirelessly helping their family, friends, and neighbors whenever they call for help. Everyday, our volunteers take the time out of their lives to help their friends and neighbors in their time of need. None of our members are compensated for the services they provide. 


Please take the time to browse through our site and learn more about what we do and how you can help. This year marks our 82nd year of service. Please take the time to read our history section to learn about how we have evolved over those 83 years. On behalf of your friends at the Milltown Rescue Squad, have a happy, healthy, and safe day.

About the Organization

The Milltown Rescue Squad is a NJ Department of Health Licensed Emergency Medical Service organization that serves the Borough of Milltown, and the New Jersey Turnpike from Milepost 76 to 84. We also provide mutual aid services to our surrounding towns in the event they need additional EMS or Rescue resources at any given time. 


The Squad operates 24/7 and responds to roughly 900 calls per year. These calls range from Medical Emergencies to Motor Vehicle Accidents to Stand-Bys at community events such as the Middlesex County Fair in August.


The Squad is comprised entirely of volunteer members. The only compensation we receive is the joy of being able to help our friends and neighbors in their time of need. Most of our members are New Jersey State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). EMTs are trained to provide Emergency Medicine at a Basic Life Support (BLS) level in both medical and trauma related emergencies. Many of our members are also cross trained and certified in extrication, and unlike many other squads, we have to ability to rescue patients who are entrapped in their cars after a serious crash.  Other members are certified in Water Rescue, Haz-Mat, Fire Rehab, and as Firefighters.


We operate three (3) BLS Ambulances that are staffed with NJ EMTs and AHA First Aiders, who are all CPR certified. Everyone of our ambulances adheres to and exceeds New Jersey First Aid Council Inspection Requirements. Each rig carries the necessary medical equipment such as Oxygen, Cot, Bandaging & First Aid Supplies and carries rescue equipment such as rope, extrication tools, fire extinguishers and much more. 


Our fleet is not just limited to the traditional ambulance. We also operate a Heavy Rescue Truck, which houses our rescue apparatus such as Extrication Tools, Ventilation Equipment, Rope, Emergency Lighting, and other rescue apparatus that aids us in our duties.


In addition, we also have our own specially modified Bobcat Ambulance, which allows us to respond to emergencies in areas that a normal ambulance would not be able to access. We also have a Trailer, which serves as a Rehab Unit for firefighters and other responders, as well as a first aid station at various community events.


The Squad continuously works with other agencies, such as the Milltown Fire Department and Milltown Police Department, to ensure that you are receiving the best of care.The Squad works with Robert Wood Johnson's Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU), to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) in situations that can potentially become life threatening without proper treatment. In times like these, more invasive EMS treatments such as IV administered medicine, respiratory therapy and ECG monitoring are required (i.e. Chest Pains, Difficulty Breathing, CPR, Traumatic Injuries). These units are staffed with New Jersey State Licensed Paramedics who work alongside the Milltown Rescue Squad in specific emergencies.


Next time you need help, you can count on the Milltown Rescue Squad to be there. 

Vial of Life Program

The Milltown Rescue Squad is begining a new program to better serve our community. The Vial of Life program is project that allows EMS to have easy to access vital medical information in your time of need. Participation is simple and five minutes of your time can help save just as much in a medical emergency. Below is a for that you can download. Once printed out, please fill in as many fields as possible. This will allow EMS personel to quickly access information in the event that you have suffered a medical emergency and are unable to communicate with us. Once completed, please post on your fridge in a zip lock bag marked "EMS". Other jurisdictions and agencies utilize similar programs with much success. That vital bit of information can mean the difference between life or death. Please download as many as you need. Thank you for your participation!

Milltown Police Department

Milltown Fire Department

East Brunswick Independent Fire Company

Borough of Milltown

North Brunswick First Aid & Rescue Squad

Robert Wood Johnson EMS

Cornerstone Adminisystems

Ambulance Billing Office

2020 Monthly Totals

 Count

January

 92

February
69
March

56

April

54

May

57

June

51

July

62

August

68

September

76

October

-

November

-

December

-

YEAR TOTAL

585

Previous Year Totals

 Count

2019 Total
 868
2018 Total
 744
2017 Total

 890

2016 Total

  1050

2015 Total

 1125

2014 Total   

 1036

2013 Total

    1111

2012 Total

 1199

2011 Total

1076

2010 Total
1073
South Main Street @ Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850

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Milltown, NJ 08850

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