Ambulance service was started in August 1944 as a unit of the American Red Cross and, for the first few months, was operated entirely by the women of the community. In October of that year, some men of the town joined the women in transporting the ill and injured, covering territory from Manahawkin to Lanoka Harbor. On September 5, 1945, the ambulance service in Barnegat was taken over and operated by Union Township. On August 22, 1949, Union Township First Aid Squad, Inc. was incorporated as a member of the New Jersey State First Aid Council and operated as such until 1955 when it officially became Barnegat First Aid Squad.
Headquarters for the Squad was in the Union Township Municipal Building until 1956 when the Barnegat First Aid Squad building was erected on Birdsall Street. Early Annual Reports filed by Union Township First Aid Squad indicate that, for a short time it was the owner of two ambulances; one a 1939 LaSalle, the other a 1951 Cadillac. On September 26, 1968, Barnegat First Aid Squad became the proud owner of their first brand new ambulance, a 1968 Cadillac.
Originally with only 14 members, Barnegat First Aid Squad is now over 40 members strong. Answering an average of 1,100 – 1,300 emergency calls per year, these highly trained first responders dedicate nearly 15,000 hours of volunteer time. They also provide EMS coverage for special events, assist neighboring towns that require mutual aid response and provide CPR training to local agencies, community groups and school officials each year. They are looking for a few good women and men to join them. If you are interested, click here to learn about Neighbors Helping Neighbors. You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and even on Twitter!