Founded in 1957, the Long Valley First Aid Squad (LVFAS) is currently celebrating its fiftiy-ninth year of service to the Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey community. The Squad was founded with eight members, one used ambulance, and a rented bay in the Long Valley Fire House. Through fifty years of dedicated service by hundreds of members, the organization has grown to become one of the best manned and equipped volunteer emergency medical service agencies in the area.
The Long Valley First Aid Squad is the sole emergency medical service and vehicle rescue provider for the Township of Washington, located at the western tip of Morris County, bordering Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren Counties. The Squad is responsible for servicing an area of 44 square miles, and for protecting a population of over 18,000 residents.
Approximately 50 members currently work to carry out the vital mission of the organization. All members are volunteers who participate without receiving compensation for their time. Members range from 16 to 70 years old, and have a variety of personal, educational, and professional backgrounds. Members are high school and college students, teachers, homemakers, realtors, corporate and non-profit executives, CPA’s, police officers, firefighters, skilled laborers, nurses, paramedics, retirees, technical specialists, and government employees. The diversity of the organization allows it to succeed. Most members participate in calls and activities during time which could otherwise be spent relaxing or with family. Members respond to emergency calls from home, work, and during other travels. Members are grateful for the support of their families and friends who understand when the members need to leave at all times of day to answer calls for assistance.