• All About The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps

    We take many things for granted in Hoboken — the views, great food, and convenience to name a few, but what many residents might not realize we are so lucky to have is the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps {HVAC} who provides FREE {yes, completely free} ambulance rides to residents. We recently chatted with the local organization and are sharing how everything goes down. Read on to learn more about them {+ how to support their cause}:

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    About HVAC

    Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps {HVAC} is the last 100% volunteer ambulance organization in Hudson County. HVAC was established in 1971, and since that time, they’ve been providing several life-saving medical services for Hoboken. What is so special about them {besides the AMAZING work they do}, is that all of the medical services they provide are completely free {you are only responsible for any hospital bills}. Outside of Hoboken, these medical services can be quite expensive {a typical ambulance ride can cost you between $800-$1,200}. 

    We met with Tom Molta, the President of HVAC, to shine the spotlight on this notable organization. During our chat, we learned that not only does HVAC provide ambulance services for the Hoboken community, they also provide an active shooter task force, a fire safety division, and a field communication unit {to name a few}. HAVC wouldn’t be able to provide these wonderful services if it weren’t for the 200 dedicated volunteers and donations of support from the community.

    The Heroes + Sheroes of HVAC

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    HVAC volunteers travel from all over the Garden State to help Hoboken residents. Outside of volunteering, they have full-time jobs in a variety of occupational fields ranging from college students to lawyers. Most volunteers are between ages 20-30, but all ages are welcome to volunteer.  Volunteers dedicate a minimum of 4 shifts a month and each shift is typically 4 to 5 hours. Tom describes the volunteers as a family, where you can meet people from all walks of life and make lifetime friends.

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    How to Volunteer

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    Emergency Medical Technicians {EMT} volunteers are urgently needed to meet the daily demands of the city. HVAC typically receives 5,500 calls annually {a lot of calls for a one square mile city}! As first responders, EMTs see it all — they deliver babies, assist the homeless, provide medical care for industrial accidents, put out fires and so much more.

    5 EMT volunteers {ideally} are needed for each shift with a minimum of 2 volunteers for each ambulance. If you want to be an EMT, apply by completing 3 application steps:

    1. Complete an online application.
    2. Interview with HVAC {CPR and EMT certification is required}. Don’t worry if you are not CPR or EMT certified, you can receive a free voucher for both classes. For additional CPR and EMT class information click here.
    3. Once approval is granted, you will go through an orientation class before signing up for your first shift.

    And if being an EMT is not your cup of tea, there are other non-EMT volunteer opportunities. You can assist with fundraising events, paperwork or donate {every dollar counts}.

    How to Donate

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    HVAC is hoping to achieve their 2018 fundraising goal of $250,000 to purchase a new ambulance, an automatic CPR machine {ensures CPR is performed perfectly each time}, antidotes for opioid overdoses/allergic reactions and replace manual stretchers with electronic ones. Donations are the main source of funding for HVAC and you can help HVAC to achieve their fundraising goal. In a few weeks, mailers will be distributed to Hoboken residents for HVAC donations. Luckily you don’t need to wait for the mailer, you can donate online today. Your donation will help HVAC save lives by providing high-quality medical care to Hoboken residents at zero cost. 

    We’ll also be hosting HVAC at our holiday market — in which a portion of each ticket will be donated to their cause. Get your entry tickets here!

    A big THANK YOU to the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps for all they do for the community of Hoboken on a daily basis <3

    See More: A Day of Volunteering at the Goats of Anarchy {+ How You Can, Too}

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    Written by:

    Danielle is a new contributing writer for Hoboken Girl. She moved to Hoboken two years ago with her husband from the Upper Eastside, Manhattan. In her free time, she enjoys staying locally in Hoboken, where she makes pottery at the Turquoise Cup, takes fitness classes, explores new restaurants and relaxes at Pier A Park, while enjoying the Manhattan view on a bright sunny day. Professionally, Danielle is a Technology Risk Manager at a Fortune 500 company. She has a passion for learning about technology/cybersecurity and educating people how to minimize their risk exposure online.


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