2 Woodbridge Ambulance Squads Consider Merger

WOODBRIDGE – Two Woodbridge ambulance squads are reportedly close to signing a merger agreement.

Leaders at the St. John’s First Aid Squad and the Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue are reviewing a proposal that would have Woodbridge absorb the all-volunteer St. John’s squad, township officials said. The resulting organization would provide ambulance service to Fords, Keasbey, Woodbridge proper, Iselin and Hopelawn.

An agreement could be finalized this week, according to Woodbridge Emergency Management Director Patrick Kenny. There would be a transition period of between six to 18 months, Kenny said.

Mayor John McCormac has pushed for the merger in part because St. John’s does not have a staff that operates during the day. Woodbridge uses volunteers to staff at night, but has a staff of five or six paid crew members to respond to calls during the week.

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