First Aid Squad
The Chester First Aid Squad (CFAS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides basic life support services in the roughly 31 square miles of Chester Township and Chester Borough. We also provide mutual aid to surrounding communities when requested. We take great pride in providing compassionate and competent care to our patients.
In summer 2017, CFAS partnered with Atlantic Health System to ensure consistent emergency care during daytime hours Monday through Friday. CFAS covers calls overnight and full-time on weekends. We typically answer over 500 emergency calls a year. Our members are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and ambulance drivers. Our membership consists of approximately 55 members who come from all walks of life–retirees, college and high school students, business owners and professionals. We all have one common goal—to help community members in their time of need.
CFAS works very closely with the Chester Police Department, as well as the Chester Volunteer Fire Company. Advanced Life Support services are provided by both Saint Clare’s Health System and Atlantic Health System. Aeromedical Services are provided primarily by New Jersey State Police NorthSTAR and Atlantic Health System’s Air One. In addition, we work very closely and enjoy friendly relationships with our neighboring mutual aid squads which include Long Valley, Bedminster, Peapack-Gladstone, Mendham Township, Mendham Borough, Flanders, Randolph, and Roxbury.
We are stationed at 100 North Road in the Highlands Ridge Park – the old Bell Labs/Telecordia property, aka “the telephone pole farm.” Chester Township acquired this property in 2004 and subsequently offered part of the main building to the squad shortly thereafter. We thank them for their generous offering, as this arrangement provided us the opportunity to move from an overcrowded section of the Chester Firehouse to a larger building which has allowed us to grow our organization.
We currently have three ambulances and it’s not uncommon for two or three of our ambulances to be on the road at the same time, tending to different or large emergencies. In addition to emergency calls, the CFAS provides stand-by medical support at community events such as the Chester Fireman’s Carnival and the Lions’ Club Oktoberfest, plus numerous other local events.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chester First Aid Squad, please visit us at chesterfirstaid.org, and click on the “Join Us” tab for more information.