The Safety First Rescue Squad was established by a group of local residents and business owners as an all-volunteer organization who wanted to decrease the waiting time for EMS by providing pre-hospital emergency medical care.
The Rescue Squad has two first response vehicles, which respond to medical emergencies primarily within the West Ward of Newark, also known as the Vailsburg/Ivy Hill section. We also respond to the other wards of Newark and throughout Essex County through regional mutual aid agreements.
Our first response vehicles and the medical equipment they carry meet the requirements of the New Jersey Department of Health. The Rescue Squad is registered with the State of New Jersey Agency EMS Provider ID # 0751209.
No member of the Rescue Squad is compensated for his/her medical time. We are a community-based organization that is dedicated to serving our neighbors when they need us most.
All of the revenue of the Rescue Squad is received through voluntary donations and fund-raising events. All operating costs are covered by these contributions, including building, equipment, and vehicle maintenance and purchases.
Safety First Rescue Squad is considered a leader in Emergency Medical Services in the region and aids as the back-up response unit for many nearby towns throughout Essex County. Whatever your emergency may be, you can count on the Safety First team to arrive quickly. Safety First utilizes the most advanced tools and training available in emergency medicine to deliver world class pre-hospital health care.
We are an independent emergency medical service and the generous support of the community have helped keep this unit in operation. The squad receives no federal or municipal funding for its operation. We have also begun third party billing. The time dedicated by our active team members is truly the backbone of this organization.
Safety First Rescue Squad Mission
To provide professional, responsive, patient-first care.
We are dedicated to being a community based, emergency medical service organization.