South River enters into one-year agreement with Robert Wood Johnson for EMS services

OUTH RIVER–More than one year ago, the Borough of South River filed a lawsuit against the South River Rescue Squad Inc. (SRRS) and South River Emergency Medical Services Inc. (SREMS) for alleged negligence while on duty.

Despite the ongoing lawsuit against the SRRS and the SREMS, the Borough Council approved a resolution on Aug. 19 awarding a contract for providing basic life support emergency medical service response and transportation system for the borough to Robert Wood Johnson Health Network, Inc. (RWJ).

The SRRS is a local corporation, which handles emergency medical services in South River from midnight to 6 a.m. and consists of volunteer members. Its principal place of business is at 6 Thomas St., according to a court document filed by the borough.

SREMS is a local corporation, which handles emergency medical services in the borough from 6 a.m. to midnight and consists of paid employees, according to a court document filed by the borough.

Borough Administrator Art Londensky said that currently, the case is still in Middlesex County Superior Court.

In response to the borough’s allegations, the rescue squad and SREMS deny the allegations regarding inappropriate responses to calls. The rescue squad and SREMS also deny the allegations of having remaining calls requiring responses from a split crew, coverage by the paid crew or having to call a neighboring emergency medical service provider, according to a court document from attorney Herbert Ellis.

There have been reports of rescue squad members using squad vehicles for unauthorized and personal use. There have also been reports that rescue squad members are consuming alcohol in the basement of the squad house after they leave their day jobs, according to the lawsuit.

The rescue squad and SREMS also deny the allegations of its members using squad vehicles for unauthorized and personal uses, according to Ellis.

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