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Did You Know?

Hackensack University Medical Center started the first paramedic program in the Bergen County area nearly 40 years ago.


The program was initially called the “Heart Rescue Team” and was a joint effort with the City of Hackensack and its fire department as well as its volunteer ambulance corps.

At that time, a physician and nurse from the emergency room responded to cardiac emergencies in the City of Hackensack. In the late 1970’s, the medical center trained the first paramedics in the area.  One of the first groups to receive this training were the firefighters from Hackensack, who provided around the clock Advanced Life Support (ALS) coverage for the city.  In 1981, Hackensack University Medical Center took full control of the paramedic service so that this valuable program could then be expanded to the surrounding communities.

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