"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"
Providing quality first aid medical care and emergency
transport for Glen Rock residents since 1951
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If you have been "thinking about It" like all of our members did before joining, please contact us. There are so many reasons why and you will be glad you did. The most important reason of all is the rewarding experience of helping people in their time of need. Take a moment and think about the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of helping a child or assisting an elderly person. Or, supporting the members of our brave fire department when they put their lives on the line. These rewarding experiences are the number one reason our members continue to volunteer. Take the time to chat with us and you will understand why you should consider joining us now.
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Next Class Starts In January
Please take a moment to watch this video starring some of our present and past members of the GRVAC. Our members explain why they volunteer and the rewards they receive for doing so. Thank you for watching and for your interest in our mission.
Think About It.
We feel a tremendous amount of satisfaction from helping our neighbors during their times of need. Some of our patients refer to us as “Glen Rock’s Angels!” Having undergone the same training as any paid ambulance service, we also have gained valuable emergency medical skills and real-life experiences that have come in useful during situations we encounter with our own families and friends.
Due to our common mission to help others, we share a close bond as a family and support each other during good and bad times in our own personal lives. Whether you are an empty nester, retired from your career, or a young parent wanting to contribute to your community, the GRVAC is a great opportunity for you to learn valuable skills and connect in the community. need members to continue our tradition of service to Glen Rock.
We need members to continue our tradition of service to Glen Rock. Classes start in January and we offer free babysitting for your children while you attend classes as well as free babysitting for members riding daytime shifts. No previous medical experience is needed and the training program is free as well. Once you are through the course and pass the state exam, we will train you on our specific equipment and the operation of our vehicles.
We encourage you to think about it!
GRVAC Members honor Dave Behar
On July 3, GRVAC members honored retired member Dave Behar for more than 30 years of service. Dave Behar's family gathered while GRVAC Chief Ed Esposito paid tribute to Dave for his years of service. Outside of the GRVAC building, a plaque was affixed to a stone monument that is reserved for those who retire from the corps with more than 25 years of service.
NorthSTAR Visits Glen Rock
The weather cleared up on Tuesday evening, May 19, allowing NorthSTAR to land at Wilde Memorial Park. Touchdown occurred at 7:30 pm. As planned, the Glen Rock Fire Department secured the landing zone. Starting at 6:30 pm, the GRVAC opened its doors to residents to chat with members, to view the inside of our ambulances, to learn about CPR and other life saving techniques, and to enjoy some light refreshments. More than 20 members of the ambulance corps were present to share their experiences with residents. The GRVAC's new corps chaplain, Father Tom Blind, also attended. About 200 residents stopped. The two pilots, flight nurse and flight paramedic chatted with members of the GRVAC, GRFD, GRPD and residents and responded to questions. NorthSTAR took off at 8:05 pm.
The event was a success not only because of the training opportunities for our current members, but also because it peaked interest from a few young students in the community, who provided contact information and are considering going to EMT school once they turn 16 years old.
Please select the GRTV Video link below to see a video that was produced by our friends at GRTV. The video captures our EMS Strong open house festivities and NorthSTAR's landing. The GRVAC thanks GRTV for promoting our EMS Strong event..
The American Heart Association, AHA, sponsored CPR Week, July 1- 7. As part of that initiative the AHA requested that the GRVAC help spread this message to our community by sharing this Hands-Only CPR training demo video.
GRVAC Celebrates New Ambulance
On Saturday afternoon, October 24, at 4:30 pm, the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps celebrated its newest ambulance 821 with a traditional "wetdown" ceremony. The new amnulance actually went into service a month ago.
"Our new ambulance is the culmination of 15 of saving," said GRVAC President Diane Herrlett. "We appreciate the support of the Mayor and Council as well as the generosity of residents of Glen Rock."
After brief remarks by President Diance Herrlett, Mayor John van Keuran, Chief Ed Esposito and Rig Chairperson Ron Jemal, Chaplain Tom Blind offered a blessing, which was then followed by the "wetdown" by the Glen Rock Fire Department. Members of the Borough Council, Glen Rock Police and Fire departments were also in attendance.
The new ambulance replaced a 16-year-old vehicle that reached the end of its service life.
"In addition to state of-the-art technology in the ambulance, 821 and its five year-old companion Ambulcane 820 are both equipped with the new Stryker Power-LAD hydraulic system, which lifts patients weighing ip to 700 pounds with the touch of a button," said Esposito. "The System lifts and lowers the cot into and out of the ambulance, helping to ensure patient safety and reducing the risk of spinal injuries for GRVAC members."
Borough Trees Dedicated to the Herrlett's
Mayor John van Keuren and members of the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps (GRVAC) surprised GRVAC President Diane Herrlett last night when prior to the monthly GRVAC drill, members drove the rigs over to Borough Hall where the Mayor was waiting to unveil bricks in between two holly trees that were planted in appreciation of Diane and Paul Herrlett.
The Herrlett's volunteered many years in Glen Rock. Diane is the current GRVAC President and a member for more than 30 years. She is also a member of the Glen Rock Zoning Board as well as the Historical Society. Diane's husband, Paul, passed away in November 2010. He served as GRVAC president and also a member for 30 years. Paul was chairperson of the Glen Rock Board of Health and employed by the Borough as the shuttle bus driver during his semi-retirement years.
GRVAC Salutes David Mendelsohn
Members of the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps formed a standby crew at the GRHS graduation on June 18, 2015. One of our own EMTs, David Mendelsohn was among the graduates. Congratulations and best wishes to David as he moves on to college.
GRVAC Honors Noreen Egan
On Monday, June 15, 2015, members of the GRVAC gathered outside their building to honor retired life member Noreen Egan, who volunteered more than 30 years to the organization and responding to emergency calls in Glen Rock. It has been a long-standing tradition to affix a brass plaque to a monument outside the building to honor members who retire with more than 25 years of service.
Noreen joined the GRVAC in 1982 and served as Chief in 1998 and 1999, and as Lieutenant and as a member of the Thursday night crew for many years.
“I will never forget my experiences on the corps helping residents as well as the long-time friendships I formed with corps members,” said Noreen. “It has added to my life and has been truly a wonderful experience.”
Why I Joined The GRVAC
When Paul and I got married, we purchased my parents' house in Glen Rock. As a way to meet people, Paul joined the GRVAC. We socialized a lot with other couples and became a close knit group. As time went on, the wives joined too and formed a strong bond and support system through good and bad times. At this point in my life, the GRVAC is a part of my family.
Diane Herrlett, President