Paramedics are added to DVFD
The Delmar Fire Department recently began offering full-time paid
paramedic service to the citizens of Delmar.
In September 1999 a committee was appointed by then president Jack
Morris Sr. to look at the feasibility and cost effectiveness of having
around the clock paramedics in the station. The department had been
served well by its volunteer paramedics and by the paramedic services
offered by the Sussex County chase units.
It was determined by the committee that with the current and proposed
growth of both the town and surrounding area, and the increased number
of calls run by the Delmar ambulances, the time had come to have paid
Two paramedics are on duty from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,
a time when most department volunteers are at work. The idea behind
this is that the new program allows available firefighters to staff
the fire apparatus on accident calls and structure fires rather than
being committed to the ambulance.
At night when more volunteers are available, having an E.M.S./firefighter
on the ambulance with a single paramedic is not as much of a drain
Joining 10-year veteran employee Shari Naugle and Jill Walbert are
10-year Delmar volunteer Carolyn Walson, 5-year volunteer Karen Ammons
and Delmar newcomer Frank Melson.