The Village of New Square’s ambulance corps is joining ranks with the other five corps that contract with the town to provide emergency medical services to taxpayers. The agreement, approved by the Ramapo Town Board at its meeting Wednesday, follows the village’s recent receipt of its permanent license from the state Department of Health, said Kim Lippes, Rockland County’s coordinator of emergency medical services. The license was granted following a two-year application and vetting process during which the corps had to demonstrate that it is effective and viable, Lippes said.
New Square formed its own ambulance corps a few years ago after separating from Chevra Hatzoloh of Rockland County, the Monsey-based emergency medical services agency that is among the five
corps that currently contract with Ramapo.
“We’re just catching up,” New Square Village Clerk David Breuer said of the village’s request to join Ramapo’s Ambulance District No. 1.
Forty volunteers and four ambulances make up the corps that serves the village of some 7,000 people. Volunteers’ private vehicles can be registered with the state as first responder vehicles, Breuer said.
Under the new contract, New Square will receive $350,450 — the remainder of its 2012 budget — from Ramapo’s ambulance fund to provide services for the rest of the year, retroactive to June 1.
The village plans to continue the agreement in 2013, Breuer said.