Thank you to the Teaneck Women's Soccer League and PJ Finnegan's for the delicious dinner!
Offical page for the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps
The Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides emergency medical services to the 11,000 residents of Westwood as well as surrounding communities as part of the Pascack Valley EMS Mutual Aid group. In 2012 we responded to 853 emergency calls in Westwood, Washington Township, Hillsdale and other Pascack Valley communities. This would not be possible without the hard work of all of our volunteers.
Mission: The mission of the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps is to render ambulance (emergency medical) service to the residents of the Borough of Westwood and to provide emergency transportation and aid for those injured within the Borough. Our mission is to also render mutual aid and assist other towns in emergency situations as may be requested by our neighboring communities. Through these and other similar activities, the WVAC pledges to promote the general welfare and good of the residents of Westwood.
Thank you to the Teaneck Women's Soccer League and PJ Finnegan's for the delicious dinner!
Thank you to Chef Johnny and Caffe Anello for a delicious dinner! #westwoodstrong #weareone
The Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps would like to thank those who are serving or have served, as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. #weremember
Friends that ride together, play together! #emsweek2020 #wegottalent #volunteersrock #westwoodnj
Thankful for local facilities that allow us to continue our training year-round. #emsweek2020 #volunteersrock #alwaysready
Today we celebrate our youth squad! #emsweek2020 #teenvolunteersrock
Supporting our members and the community for good causes. #dadsdash #emsweek2020 #volunteersrock
Celebrating our members this week! We are not only colleagues, we're family!
A special shout-out to our neighboring EMS squads, thank you for your support and assistance, be safe! #emsstrong #wegotthis
Thank you to Troop 366 and Ross Goldflam from Technique for the delicious dinner last night!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Westwood residents have once again proven how we truly are one community, always supporting one another. Today Councilwoman Jodi Murphy and our President Ed Casey accepted a check from the sale of the "Westwood - Stronger Together" signs from Lesley Whyard and her daughter Elizabeth. A special thank you also goes to Jaquelyn Santiago and Erin Collins who helped with this effort. Thank you again Westwood, be safe!
Thank you to the staff at Granita Grille for the delicious dinner Thursday night! We are so blessed to be part of such a supportive community!
Our member Linda Andresen shares her experiences as a first responder. We are proud to serve Westwood and our surrounding communities. Be safe, we will get through this together. #WeareWestwood
[Interview and Article by Andrea Jackson, Executive Director, The 200 Club of Bergen County]
The 200 Club of Bergen County would like to give a sincere “Note of Thanks“ to all of our First Responders working through this very difficult time. They are all deserving of our gratitude and our support in any way we can show it.
We are highlighting individual First Responder Departments in Bergen County to both thank them individually and give them the recognition they deserve as they lead the fight – at great risk to themselves – against Covid-19.
Today, we would like to specifically thank and recognize the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps. One of their members and current Crew Chief for the WVAC is Linda Andresen. I had the honor of speaking with Linda regarding her experience being a volunteer during this Covid-19 time.
Located in the northern region of Bergen County, the Borough of Westwood looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Known as the “Hub of the Pascack Valley” due to Westwood’s central location, it has a thriving main shopping center with numerous mom and pop specialty shops and restaurants. It is also home to a NJ Transit train station which serves many of Westwood’s 10,000 plus residents and neighboring towns as well.
The Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) keeps busy as their town continues to grow and change. Back in 1935 when the WVAC was first formed, things were a little quieter. For as much as times have changed the WVAC members, much like the original members back in the early 1900’s, continue to serve their community because they care.
Current Crew Chief, Linda Andresen a long-time resident of Westwood, decided to join the corps about four years ago when her husband Jon said he was joining. Linda, a mother of triplets - two girls and a boy now age 19 - has kept herself more than busy over the years. Joining the volunteer ambulance corps seemed like a new challenge and one that she could share with her husband. At the beginning of her service, Linda said she would go out on calls and witnessed minor injuries to real life and death situations: “you knew you were helping your neighbors and that you were making a difference. It is what kept me going and enjoying my time as a volunteer.” Along the way, Linda found time in her already very busy schedule and started a job working at Starbucks in Westwood. Then her world, along with everyone else’s, went upside down as the spread of the Coronavirus ramped up quickly. Her job was on hold as Starbucks closed. For some people, they might have used this “extra” time to stay home and be with family. However, Linda chose to use her “extra’ time by volunteering additional hours to the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
There was a new reality which Linda and her team were beginning to understand quickly. They would be dealing with this unseen virus that can have devastating effects along with so many unanswered questions: “as Covid-19 calls starting coming in we were all learning with no real-time to digest it all, it was all just happening so fast. To add to this, I am also the Crew Chief and I am responsible for making decisions that can really affect my fellow member's lives.”
At the end of March, Linda and her husband were on a Covid-19 call. This was her Ground Zero, as Linda witnessed firsthand just how deadly this virus can be. At the end of that day, Linda shared her thoughts in writing for her fellow team members and friends. Talking with me for this Note of Thanks, Linda told me her experience once again. She said it likely reflects what so many Frist Responders are going through every day during this Covid-19 pandemic. "The call that day was to the home of a Covid-19 positive patient. As we arrived on the scene the air was thick with confusion as my husband and crew partner Jon and I were trying to get status on the patient. As your trying to remain composed and get the needed information on the patient, you're assessing your surroundings and doing your best to follow all of the new procedures and protocol now in place. All of these things are racing in your head while instinctively, you are being compassionate and doing all you can for your patient. As the patient was now unresponsive, I watched as my husband began to perform CPR. My thoughts were all over the place, watching your crew member again who is also my husband, risking his life by doing CPR. I was seeing the faces of the family as they were around us, some of which were also Covid-19 positive, standing there watching us. They were looking at us to try to work some magic, but reality sets in as you realize we could only do so much that day and that we are only human. In the past, when a call was over, you could decompress and put things in their proper perspective. Not with Covid-19. Now I was not only thinking about the loss of a human life and the family that we left behind but I was also thinking about my husband and his risk. You try to remain focused while making a mental checklist of what equipment you used and what you touched. These are things you would never think about before this virus but now in Covid-19 times all of this really matters! Another difficult part of Covid-19 calls is going back to your department. This is now a monumental task as you, your crew member, the rig and everything in the rig has to be decontaminated. Once you have gone through all of that you can finally go home. Going home used to have a feeling of being safe, not anymore. You realize this unseen invisible virus can be with you and that your exposure could be endangering your family, your children, your parents, it’s overwhelming!”
Linda did inform me that one of her daughters who is also a volunteer EMT did contract Covid-19. “It was heart-wrenching as you wonder where she got it from. You cannot help but think as a parent it is your job to protect them, but in these times, you can only do your best and that sometimes that’s not enough.”
Linda gives so much credit to her follow volunteer ambulance corps members: “they are all amazing, along with the Westwood Volunteer Firefighters and Police. We are so interwoven in this and all just trying to do our best in not the best of times. As every week passes Covid-19 protocol changes and more and more information is shared about this virus. But, as Linda said, “at the end of the day, it is still a daunting task as you realize we are far from being over this”.
The most important thing Linda wanted to share is how she hopes people have a better understanding of the importance of the jobs our First Responders are doing: “so many Bergen County departments for Fire and Ambulance are volunteers. We make no salary, no benefits or pension but we are there, at 11 at night or 3 in the morning, on the front lines doing our best. It is so nice to see how people are now going out of their way to thank us, it feels good. I just hope that when this Covid-19 pandemic is over, they remember the sacrifices we have all made. I consider being a Volunteer First Responder an honor, one that I do not take lightly. For me and for so many other volunteers, we know that we have made a difference during this time. It’s not easy, there are days I can think of every reason to stay home and safe, but this is what we have chosen to do and what we have trained for. Doing all that we can, for our community. I really believe it is what will make us all stronger for a better tomorrow. That’s my hope, and what keeps me going.“
As Linda says, it is important for all of us to honor and remember the sacrifices that the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps and all First Responders have made serving their community and risking their lives on our behalf. To all at the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, you have our heartfelt gratitude, appreciation, and support. We can never thank you enough for being there for us in this crucial time of need.
Thank you Officer Neuberger for all you do! We are so appreciative of the WPD!
Celebrate: Officer Neuberger!
When life hands you a lockdown, make a parade! Faced with the prospect of Westwood kids missing out on traditional birthday celebrations, Councilwoman Erin Collins brought an idea to the Westwood Police Department: parade the borough emergency vehicles through town to spread some cheer! Chief Pontillo happily agreed and since then, Officer Neuberger has been on the case! She has organized over 116 parades since 3/31 with over 23 still scheduled through mid-May, for kids of all ages. And it's not just the birthday boys or girls that get in on the excitement! The parades have become neighborhood events, with residents running to their front porches when they hear the familiar roar of sirens, waving with ear to ear grins at the DPW trucks, Westwood Volunteer Fire Department, Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps vehicles, and police vehicles rolling down the block. Residents have begun to join with their own decorated vehicles, signs, balloons, and enthusiastic cheers. Sure, we all want this pandemic to end, but this is one thing we could get used to sticking around!
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Thank you to everyone who came out for our blood drive today! We wish we could have accommodated everyone who wanted to help! We are trying to get another one scheduled, stay tuned! ❤️
Thank you Technique for the amazing lunches provided to WVAC yesterday that included beautiful messages to our volunteers. #westwoodstrong 💪
Thank you all for your support of our blood drive, all appointments have been filled! (We had to cut back on the number of participants as there are a lot of blood drives in the area.) As blood donations have a limited shelf life, we are hoping to do another blood drive in the near future to help keep a continuous supply available. Stay tuned to our page for more information and be safe!
Your help and support is always appreciated, especially during this time of great need #WeLoveOurTown
Thank you to John and Alissa for our pasta dinner! We love being a part of such a great community! #westwoodstrong #weareone #wewillbeatthis
We hope everyone is doing well! One of our members came across this site to check the effectiveness of cleaning products for the covid-19 virus. Be safe everyone!
Search EPA’s list of registered disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps is so happy to be able to make a child's birthday special with the Westwood Police Dept, Westwood Fire Department and the DPW.
Thank you Berkeley School Kindergarten classes KG and KS! ❤
Thank you, thank you, thank you! People have been checking in with us to make sure we have sufficient PPE and it is much appreciated! Shout out today to Michael Malure and Gemini Designs who donated face shields that were made on a 3D printer!
Despite dangers, stress, volunteer ambulance crews keep responding
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A big THANK YOU to the local Girl Scout troops that dropped off cookies for our members! #girlscoutsrock #westwoodstrong #servicetoothers #cookiesmakemesmile
Our crews are practicing social distancing, we hope you are too! #besafewestwood #washyourhands
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An update from the Mayor. Be sure to visit the Boro website to sign up for notifications using Notify Me. Continue social distancing and washing your hands! #westwoodstrong
Thank you Westwood Police Department!
Effective immediately, The Westwood Police Department will be instituting the use of the 911 Eye System. This system enables our Emergency Dispatchers to send a link to a mobile phone caller to create a live streaming video portal between the caller and the dispatcher.
This system will allow WPD to conduct an assessment of the call, get at scene video and more quickly send the appropriate emergency services to calls for service. Further, this will allow confirmation of information received by our dispatchers.
During this public health emergency, the public should know that we will respond, no matter what emergency that you are calling about. We urge callers to be honest so that our first responders can take the proper protective measures in order to maintain their own health so that they can continue to respond to emergencies. We understand peoples concerns and are doing everything we can to mitigate the public health hazards to our first responders so that we can maintain service to this community in these unprecedented times.
The 911 Eye System is just another step we are taking to ensure the safety of everyone.
See a link to how the system works and watch a video here:
As a reminder, the following rules remain in effect:
We remind our community to practice #socialdistancing, #washyourhands and to be safe. The school facilities and fields have been closed by the school district. Groups of 10 or more are prohibited in parks.
The Governor' State of Emergency Declaration can be found here:https://nj.gov/infobank/circular/eocc104.pdf
If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate department or call the Westwood Police Department
non-emergency line 201-664-7000.
The latest from Mayor Arroyo:
Here is an update from the Governing Body. The WVAC is continuing to respond to all medical emergencies and taking every precaution to protect our patients and volunteers. Minimize your exposure, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you don't feel well. If you have a fever, call your doctor and follow their instructions. Of course, if you have difficulty breathing or other medical emergencies, call 911 immediately.
The Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps is working to keep our first responders and patients safe from exposure to the coronavirus as well as other respiratory illnesses. Here is the link to the CDC for information you can use to keep you and your family safe as well.
These are the best ways to keep yourself healthy. And as a reminder, the person who is ill should wear a protective mask to keep from spreading germs.
Our youth members Sarah, Jenny and Amanda making sure the ambulance is ready to go. Teens 16 and older are welcome to join!
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