In November of 1937, a group of local citizens joined together to form an organization to solve the problem of obtaining a prompt and efficient “First Aid and Ambulance” service to meet the needs of the sick and injured. By January of 1938 this group had completed their training and on January 7, 1938 the West Essex First Aid Squad answered its first call for help. Transportation of Squad members and patients was managed with the use of private automobiles.
This is the West Essex First Aid Squad’s first ambulance. It is a 1929 Studebaker that was acquired from the Manasquan rescue squad in June of 1938. While in service for Manasquan this ambulance responded to two major disasters, the Moro Castle fire at Asbury Park, in 1934 and the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst in 1937. Prior to purchasing this ambulance WEFAS members responded to emergencies and transported patient to hospitals in their own personal vehicles. Dedication has always been a part of our squad.