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HUMC EMS Celebrates 50 Years of Service


1974 - Hackensack Hospital Heart Rescue Team begins providing service on February 14th
1978 - NJOEMS approves a Mobile Intensive Care Unit pilot with Hackensack Fire Department Paramedics
1980 - Hackensack Hospital Paramedic Program is established
1981 - The MICCOM Northern New Jersey EMS Communications Dispatch Center is established
1982 - Certificate of Need awarded to Hackensack Medical Center for Southwest Bergen County and ALS 103 begins providing service
1995 - Hackensack University Medical Center partners with Pascack Valley Hospital for MICU coverage of Bergen County

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2001 - MICCOM achieves CALEA Accreditation
2001 - 24 HUMC paramedics respond to Ground Zero and Liberty State Park on September 11, 2001
2004 - Vanguard EMS begins providing BLS services for Hackensack University Medical Center
2006 - Vanguard EMS begins providing SCTU services for Hackensack University Medical Center
2007 - Hackensack University Medical Center recieves the operating rights for the former Pascack Valley Hospital ALS program. ALS 105 and ALS 106 replace ALS 501 and ALS 502 at Pascack Valley Hospital.
2010 - Vanguard EMS SCTU merges with HUMC to provide hybrid SCTU/MICU services
2012 - AirMed 1 begins service on April 12th
2014 - The EMS Ebola response team is formed
2015 - Hackensack University Medical Center acquires the SCTU from Vanguard EMS
2015 - Hackensack University Medical Center acquires the BLS division from Vanguard EMS, providing 911 coverage in Hackensack and Garfield
2015 - Paramedics begin drawing blood specimens in the pre-hospital environment
2016 - ALS 104 is established
2016 - The Air Medical Program acheives CAMTS Accreditation
2016 - The EMS Field Training Officer program is developed
2016 - The BLS Medical Director Program is reinstituted
2017 - The Advanced Airway class is created
2017 - Paramedics begin drawing blood cultures for early detection of sepsis
2017 - BLS begins carrying capnography machines to monitor end-tidal CO2 and better identify patients in need of advanced care
2018 - BLS expands services to be the primary 911 provider for Maywood and Rochelle Park
2019 - AirMed 2 is established
2019 - Hackensack University Medical Center BLS is the primary transport provider for Memorial Sloan Kettering in Montvale
2020 - Paramedics join the in-hospital rapid response team during the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 - EMTs join the in-hospital proning team to take care of COVID-19 patients
2020 - MICCOM begins performing pre-hospital trauma notifications for rapid activation of the Hackensack University Medical Center trauma team
2020 - Hackensack University Medical Center EMS is the primary EMS provider for Red Bulls Arena
2021 - Hackensack University Medical Center EMS participates in community and hospital COVID-19 vaccination clinics
2021 - Air Medical begins carrying whole blood
2023 - The Pascack Valley Mutual Aid BLS Unit begins service based at Pascack Valley Medical Center
2023 - EMS takes part in the Hospital at Home program
2023 - Hackensack University Medical Center ALS units begin utilizing ventilators
2024 - Hackensack University Medical Center hires its first EMT Apprentices
2024 - Hackensack University Medical Center paramedics begin transporting STEMI patients directly to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at HUMC

Special Programs - DOD SkillBridge and EMT Apprentice

The EMT Apprentice program is available at both JFKUMC EMS and HUMC EMS. This Earn While You Learn program allows for individuals looking to enter the healthcare field as an Emergency Medical Technician to attend an Initial EMT Training Program. EMT Apprentices will be paid to attend the program as well as have tuition and books for the program paid for. The students will also begin Hackensack Meridian Health orientation and onboarding during the program. Upon successful completion of the EMT Apprentice Program and NREMT examination, students will commit to a minimum of two years of employment at Hackensack Meridian Health as an EMT. For inquiries about the EMT Apprentice Program at Hackensack University Medical Center, contact For inquiries about the EMT Apprentice Program at JFK University Medical Center, contact

DOD Skillbridge

The DOD SkillBridge program at Hackensack University Medical Center is an opportunity for service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through internships in the EMT, Paramedic and SCTU nurse positions. Hackensack University Medical Center EMS offers training and work experiences with the potential for future employment.

Community Outreach

Hackensack University Medical Center and the 24th District of the New Jersey State First Aid Council are pleased to announce that they are offering scholarships to deserving students. This is the 24th year that Hackensack University Medical Center and the 24th District have teamed up to help scholars and EMTs from our area. Students can apply for any of the scholarships.

2024 HUMC and 24th District Scholarship Application

The Scholarship Committee has the final determination in awarding the scholarships. All parts of the scholarship must be mailed certified/return receipt requested and postmarked no later than May 1, 2024. Applications should be mailed to Mr. Chuck Parodi, 48 West Grove Avenue, Maywood, New Jersey 07607-1548. Click here for scholarship application.

Any further inquiries can be answered by calling 201-843-6966

Hospital at Home

The Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital at Home program is an innovative program through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows Medicare beneficiaries with certain medical conditions to receive hospital-level care in the comfort of their homes.

Started during the Covid-19 pandemic, the program helped hospitals care for patients while struggling with bed capacity. Research shows that these programs are at least as safe as inpatient care and result in improved clinical outcomes, higher rates of patient satisfaction, and reduced healthcare costs.

To ensure that our community-based partners and our patients have the most current Hospital at Home information for the Hackensack Meridian Health programs, we are posting those documents here.

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