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About Us

The Ramsey Rescue Squad is an independent heavy rescue squad, meaning we are not affiliated with the Ramsey Fire Department or the Ramsey Ambulance Corps. The Rescue Squad receives operational and capital funding from the Borough of Ramsey for equipment, apparatus and training purposes. The Ramsey Rescue Squad, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 entity which serves as the business portion of the organization. The Squad generates financial support from the private sector to support day to day operations, fund equipment and provide additional training for its members.


The Ramsey Rescue Squad is charged with several primary tasks: 

  •    Vehicle Extrication 
  •    High Angle Rescue / Rope Rescue
  •    Confined Space Rescue 
  •    Search and Rescue 
  •    Water Rescue
  •    Fire Scene Support Operations
  •    Ramsey Police Department assistance for traffic and crowd control as well as crime scene investigations
  •    Decontamination Services in partnership with Mahwah Fire Department HazMat Co. 2
  •    Assistance to the Ramsey Ambulance Corps in the form of Drivers, EMT's and lifting on-scene
  •    The Ramsey Rescue Squad was originally founded nearly fifty years ago as a Civil Defense Unit.


For many years, the Squad operated a single truck which responded originally from a garage at Finch Park and later moved to the Borough Garage complex adjacent to the Rail Station.  The Squad continued to grow both in members and equipment and in 1990, relocated its operation to the former Ramsey Police Station on Island Avenue.  Today, the 50-member Squad operates two heavy rescue units, a medium rescue, a decontamination trailer, a technical rescue trailer, a Polaris specialized response unit, a rescue boat and a number of secondary vehicles.  

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