History

In 1958, American Legion Post 82 purchased an ambulance from Millville Hospital to transport Legion members to and from area VA Hospitals. Soon after the purchase of this ambulance, the American Legion began getting an overwhelming request for their service from within the community.

In December of that year, to better meet this request, they formed a new entity and incorporated it as the American Legion Rescue Squad, which by mid 1959 was taking all ambulance calls in Millville.

In 1962 several Legion members went to John Hopkins University in Baltimore to learn the newly developed technique referred to as Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), one of the first aspects of emergency care administered to patients in the field.

The Rescue Squad and American Legion Post 82 officially separated in 1988, and the organization became known as the Millville Rescue Squad. Then in 1995, to enhance response time to emergency calls, the volunteer membership voted to amend the by-laws to allow paid members. This led to licensure by the New Jersey Department of Health in 1996 to begin providing Emergency Medical Services with a combination of paid and volunteer staffing. From that day forward, we have continued to exceed national standards for response times.

Millville Rescue Squad officially expanded its service line in 1998 by entering into a contractual agreement with Inspira (formerly, South Jersey Hospital System), to provide ambulance and Wheelchair van transportation for Newcomb, Elmer, Bridgeton, and Millville Hospitals. Since then services have expanded to include nursing homes, dialysis centers, physicians' offices and outpatient centers. In 2000, MRS expanded its service line to include Critical Care Transport Services and currently operates 7 Specialty Care Transport units.

Between 2000 and 2008, MRS continued to expand services including the development of a Professional Employment Organization that provides staffing for hybrid career and volunteer Emergency Medical Services Systems.  In 2005, MRS entered into an agreement with Franklin Township to provide day time staffing for the Township’s EMS program.

2008 was a banner year for MRS celebrating its 50th universe and becoming one of three ambulance providers in New Jersey and one of over 200 providers in the nation to become accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS.) CAAS is a gold standard for ambulance services in the United States.  Those organizations who become CAAS accredited are considered by many to be leaders in the profession.  In this year MRS also began providing services to the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

In 2011, MRS expanded its comprehensive services to Cooper University Hospital and Cape Regional Medical Center. MRS also renewed its CAAS accreditation in 2011.

In 2012, MRS expanded its EMS primary service area to include Downe Township

MRS currently serves more than 40,000 patients per year, with a staff of 200+ employees and a payroll exceeding $4,000,000 annually. We now own and operate 44 medical response, rescue, and transport vehicles. Our projected operating budget is $9,000,000.

It is important to know that, as Millville Rescue Squad has continued to grow and expand, we have not lost sight of our primary mission: to provide quality emergency and non-emergency medical transportation to the City of Millville and the other communities we serve.

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