CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE
Always ready to serve, 24 hours a day, and taken entirely for granted until we need one, Camden has had ambulance and emergency medical services for many years. On this page their Camden story will be told, and before we go any further, a big thank you to these unheralded heroes.
A Brief Recent History of the Ambulance Service in Camden
Camdenís new automobile police patrol and ambulance were put in service on July 14, 1910. One of the first drivers was Albert S. York, who eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant on the Camden Police Department.
Prior to late 1973, the Ambulance Squad was being run by the City Police and Fire Departments. At that time the City of Camden started hiring Civilian Ambulance Drivers. Some employees had basic first aid. From the early 1960s through November of 1974 the Ambulance service was under the Camden City Police Department.
In November of 1974, the responsibility for operating the Ambulance service was transferred to the City of Camden Department of Health, with the City of Camden hiring Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's). The ambulance drivers that were already working, trained the new EMT's on the street, and then, the City sent all the ambulance drivers to EMT school in February of 1975.
The ambulances in 1974 was then stationed at the First Police District headquarters at 5th Street and Taylor Avenue. In November of that year, they were moved to the old Convention Center which was on Haddon Avenue and Mickle Boulevard, across from Cooper Hospital, and after a relatively short time moved again, this time to the Third Police District house at 27th and Federal Streets, behind the Firehouse. In June of 1976 the Ambulance moved once again, this time to a building that had been a Gulf gasoline station for over 30 years.
City of Camden ran the Emergency Medical Service, which was called
City of Camden Emergency Medical Service, from late 1973 to June
1980 at which time they contracted the Emergency Medical Service to a
private company called Certified from North New Jersey. The ambulance
service was then known as the Camden Emergency Medical Service. In
September of 1986 the Emergency Medical Service was taken over by UMDNJ-
University Hospital, from Newark New Jersey, which still operates the
Emergency Medical Services, in both Newark and Camden.
of the Camden EMS/Certified Type II ambulances
in front of the quarters of
Engine 8 / Ladder 2 - 619 Kaighn Avenue circa 1983
up for Mass Casualty Incidents
| One of the four original UMDNJ Type II
1986 Ford E-350 Excellance Ambulance. Photo from 1986
| Camden EMS/Certified Type II Ford ambulance
This vehicle was purchased used and was later
totaled at Haddon Avenue & Newton Avenue
Photo circa 1985
Rescue 2 Unit.
This short lived unit was active around 1987. The apparatus was
shipped up to Newark after strife with CFD over rescue services
Fire Department personnel assist
a Camden EMS/Certified unit
Unit was stuck in the snow. Photo circa 1985
Emergency Medical Service and Fire Department personnel prepare to load a patient into the ambulance.
EMT to the right of firefighter with helmet is Bobby Johnson
|Two of the original UMDNJ EMS Type III Ford E-One Ambulances in front of the NJ State Aquarium, circa 1994s|
In 2006 UMDNJ EMS Camden celebrated its 20th year of service to the City of Camden. UMDNJ EMS answers a little over 25,000 calls a year! Here is a picture of one of the newest ambulances.
Steve Skipton Photo
|Fire and Ambulance Response - 3155 Merriel Avenue - September 13, 2011|
|UMDNJ and Collingswood Ambulance standing by on Rosedale Avenue at Merriel Avenue|
|Fire and Ambulance Response at 1017 Penn Street - October 16, 2011|
|Daniel Payne - Battalion Chief Anthony Phelps - Amy Pacione|
|December 4, 2011 - 7:43 PM|
standing by on Copewood Street while Camden Fire Department
extinguishes a rubbish fire at the former Coriell Institute sitefrom Thorn Street
|May 6, 2012 - 9:52 PM|
and EMS personnel on Mickle Boulevard west of Haddon Avenue
in response to a motor vehicle accident.
to Steve Skipton, Debbie Day, Gary J. Olive, and Richard Tremper
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