"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"
Providing quality first aid medical care and emergency
transport for Glen Rock residents since 1951
Please take a moment to watch this video that includes some of our present members. Our members explain why we volunteer, and the rewards we receive for doing so. Thank you for watching and for your interest in our mission.
Become A Member
If you have been "thinking about It" like all of our members did before joining, please contact us. There are so many reasons why 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 in an emergency situation. Or, supporting the members of our brave fire department when they put their lives on the line. These rewarding experiences are the reasons our members continue to volunteer. Make the time to chat with us and you will understand why you should consider joining us now.
Celebrate National EMS Week 5/20-26, With The GRVAC
This year’s theme – EMS STRONG Is Stronger Together – aptly describes how the EMS community collaborates to save lives. EMS Week is not just about celebrating and paying tribute to those who serve, but it’s also a great opportunity to educate Glen Rock residents on how the EMS system works and about the valuable roles all emergency services play in our community.
National EMS Week dedicates a theme to each day during its “Stronger Together” campaign. The Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be featuring one of these five themes – Education, Safety, EMS for Children, Save-A-Life and EMS Recognition – each day so we encourage you to keep checking this link and learning more about our service and commitment.
EDUCATION: Monday 5/21. There are many types of EMS services across the country. Some communities have private transport services, first responder services, fire-based services, a combination of career and volunteer services or all volunteer services. EMS Week is an ideal time to explain how EMS services operate in our community and Glen Rock is fortunate to have an all-volunteer ambulance corps. Please learn more about our on-going life saving skills training.
SAFETY: Tuesday 5/22. As an EMT, the first thing we learn is, not to become the second patient on a scene. We train from A - Z in crew and patient safety. Our first duty on any call is Personal Protective Equipment. PPE covers a variety of apparel including, helmets, gloves, boots, outerwear and other equipment needed for safe & efficient emergency response. The second duty is assessing the safety at each scene. See our safety measures.
CHILDREN: Wednesday 5/23. Sometimes kids are patients, too, and they receive the same level of assessment and care provided to an adult. Effectively managing pediatric patients, including the rarely encountered critically ill pediatric patients, requires good preparation, ongoing training and comprehensive oversight by EMS services. Learn about our pediatric care.
SAVE A LIFE: Thursday 5/24. Let’s be frank and honest. Whether it is a heart attack or severe trauma, the fastest response is not 9-1-1. It’s the bystander. Save-a-life day empowers the general public to learn and apply steps that can be taken to help save a life. Learn how you can save a life.
RECOGNITION: Friday May 25
This EMS week, we salute our partners in service – the Glen Rock Police Department, Glen Rock Fire Department, Central Dispatch and local hospital paramedics who put others first and make our team stronger, together. See our members.
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The Next EMT Training Class at Bergen County Training Center, Is Free...
To qualify for free training at BCTC, a candidate must complete a GRVAC application and satisfy our membership acceptance process.
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Attention All Nurses!
Few people are more qualified or prepared to volunteer in EMS than registered nurses. The Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs professionals like you to become an EMT. Nurses can “fast track” EMT certification by taking an expedited 24-hour course that is starting soon.
If you have children, we offer free babysitting while you attend the classes.
Reserve Your Space....
Please watch this video that describes how a student with autism reacted as a student in the Parkland, Florida school shooting....
Congratulations to Ron Jemal for 25 years of service as a volunteer EMT for the GRVAC. Read about Ron's career caring for the residents of Glen Rock.
Take a look at the GRVAC's newest members. Wecome aboard.... Recruitment Chairperson Carrie Hourican presents brass name badges to members who joined the squad in 2017.
L- R Nicholas Blount, Andrew Sarna, Laura Yuan, Andrew Bober, Elena Andreou, Carrie Hourcan (recruitment chairman), Jay Bernstein, Amy Boardman, John Bernard, and Danielle Touma.
Santa Claus visits the GRVAC at our Holiday Family Party.
GRVAC Member Colleen Dalton Visits Jamaica on Medical Mission
On October 14, GRVAC member Colleen Dalton, who is a nursing student at Sacred Heart University (SHU), travelled with two professors and 11 other nursing students on a medical mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica. For one week, the SHU contingent worked with PRN Relief International to provide medical care to low resource villages and communities in Jamaica. Read About Colleen...
In Loving Memory.
Members of the GRVAC are saddened by the loss of our brother, David Behar on October 30.
Dave joined the squad in 1976, a few years after he moved to Glen Rock. After his retirement in 2002 from Western Electric, Dave increased his volunteer time with the GRVAC by responding to many day calls in addition to his regular Monday night shift. “Covering day calls is the most difficult problem facing most ambulance corps and the GRVAC was fortunate to have someone like Dave Behar, who was retired and was willing to respond,” said GRVAC Chief Ed Esposito.
Dave held the office of GRVAC President, President of the 20th District of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, and was the GRVAC’s Delegate to this organization for 20 years. He retired from the squad a few years ago but remained in touch with many of the members.
Serving others was always in Dave's blood....as boy scout when he was young and later serving his country in the United States Army as a Specialist Fourth Class stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, from 1963 to 1965. Afterwards, he served four years as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves.
Dave leaves behind his wife, Susan, three daughters and five grandchildren.
In honor of our fallen brother, the GRVAC will display a purple and black funeral bunting on our building and fly the American flag at half mast for a period of 30 days.
GRVAC At The July 4th Parade
As always, The GRVAC was honored to celebrate this year's Independence Day by marching in the July 4th parade. The GRVAC thanks you for your accolades.
GRVAC Members On Standby at GRHS Panther Football Games....
As part of our service to our community, the GRVAC sends out a crew to all Panther home football games.
GRVAC Operations Officers for 2018
(L-R above) Joan Zanotti, Jeanette Montgomery, Brian Markey, John DeLaat, Mike Teegan, and Mayor Bruce Packer. Read More....
GRVAC Administrative Officers for 2018
Mayor Bruce Packer administered the oath of office to the GRVAC line and administrative officers. (L - R above), Mayor Packer; Mary Jane Surrago, Treasurer; Vinny Amatulli, 2nd VP; Amy Boardman, Corresponding Secretary; Ed Esposito, Chief; Matt Catanese, First VP; Diane Herrlett, President; Jennette Montgomery, Recording Secretary.
Congratulations to Tom Ludlam.
Chief Esposito congratulates, Judge, Tom Ludlam, on 15 years of service as and EMT for the GRVAC.
Empty Nest Syndrome. At the Glen Rock Community Showcase, MaryJane Surrago discusses how singles or couples find new social lives and rewarding use of their time.See Video....
Borough Trees Dedicated to the Herrletts
Mayor John van Keuren and members of the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps (GRVAC) unveil tribute to Diane and Paul Herrlett. Read More....
The Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps congratulates Joshua Stein on earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Read More....
Borough Council Honors GRVAC
On May 24, 2017, the Glen Rock Mayor and Borough Council passed a resolution designating the week of May 21-27, 2017 Emergency Medical Services Week. Read about our honor....
GRVAC Honored For Their Rehabilitation and Medical Support at The Prospect Street Fire. Read Story....
The Following Scholarships Were Awarded to Our GRVAC Graduating Seniors:
GRVAC Members Honored at EMS Conference
Two GRVAC Members, who are also veterans of the United States military, were honored at Emergency Medical Service Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) Educational Symposium and Trade Show last month. David Behar (L) Sal Danna(R).
If You Have Been Thinking About Joining Read More
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 are 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! Read More....
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.
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.Read More....
Shown above are some current and past members of the GRVAC.
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.
Beautifing The GRVAC
Friday Night Crew Standby At The GRHS Panthers Football Game.
Shown above, Ed Esposito, Josh Stein, Lynn Mayer and John DeLaat, huddle up while standing by at a GRHS football game. One of the GRVAC's duties is to send a crew out to each varsity football game.
On behalf of the GRVAC, President Diane Herrlett expressed appreciation to former Mayor John van Keuren for his exceptional support of the GRVAC during decades of service to the Borough by designating him as an Honorary Member.
Why We Joined The GRVAC
I witnessed 9/11 firsthand. I'm am American, and if help is needed, I want to help. Although I am an attorney and judge by profession, I decided to become an EMT to help others. It has made a world of difference in my life.
Faced with an empty house after my husband passed away and my children were off to college, I joined the ambulance corps and filled a big void in my life. I have never regretted this decision and love helping my neighbors in Glen Rock.
Mary Jane Surrago