The South Orange Rescue Squad was established in 1952 by a group of local residents and business owners as an all-volunteer organization. At that time, a single ambulance was housed in a garage across Sloan Street from the Fire Department.
Currently, the Squad is housed in a temporary headquarters on Fourth Street, following the sale of their complex on Third Street. They will be moving into a new state of the art facility on Sloan Street in 2016.
The Rescue Squad has three ambulances and a first responder vehicle, which respond to medical emergencies primarily within South Orange, including Seton Hall University. The squad will also assist when called to Maplewood, West Orange, and other neighboring communities through regional EMS task force agreements.
The South Orange Rescue Squad is incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Its assets are wholly owned by the membership. No member of the Rescue Squad is compensated for his/her medical or administrative time and there is never a fee charged for their services. They are a community based organization that is dedicated to serving our residents when they need us most.
All of the revenue of the Rescue Squad is received through voluntary donations and fund raising events. All operating costs are covered by these contributions, including building, equipment, and vehicle maintenance and purchases.