Official Website of the

Ridgefield Park Volunteer Ambulance Corp

About Us

Our organization is a fully volunteer BLS provider dedicated to providing the Village of Ridgefield Park and our surrounding communities with 911 medical services when called upon. The Corps operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. All riding members are certified first responders, EMTs or paramedics. Our members are trained to the highest standards for basic life support. The Corps is a not-for-profit organization lead by an elected Chief and three Assistant Chiefs.

Our organization is funded by both the Village of Ridgefield Park and by donations. All donations are used for community outreach, equipment, training and various functional expenditures. Our members are all proud and dedicated volunteers.

Our headquarters is located in the Village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and volunteers have operated our service since our inception in 1952. The Ridgefield Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps is dedicated to providing professional, quality emergency care to the villagers and visitors of Ridgefield Park.


The date is lost forever in history - that on which the Dr. Charles A. Knox Volunteer Memorial Ambulance Corps was born.

The founder of the organization, Herbert I. Lowe, did not date the letter he sent to a small group of friends and members of the Ridgefield Park Rotatory Club suggesting the formation of an ambulance corps. The purpose would be to supplement or replace the limited emergency service furnished by the Police Department. The Corps would provide regular and complete ambulance services to all the people of Ridgefield Park.

Actual operations of the Ambulance Corps began at 7 a.m. September 15, 1952, when the first duty crew, consisting of three men, reported for service. Many local organizations had helped with fund-raising activities to provide the first ambulance (a Cadillac) and the affiliated equipment needed. On April 20, 1975, the Youth Squad was established, consisting of young men and women, between 15 and 18 years of age.

With the Corps at full strength and two vehicles to house, the garage quarters in the Municipal Building became overcrowded and difficult for operations. Early in 1975 the Board of Commissioners laid plans to erect a new building to house the Corps in a corner of Brewster Park. It was opened for use in March 1976. The building has recently received a much needed complete renovation.

Today the Ambulance Corps consists of 50 Senior & Youth Squad Members and two EMT-Defibrillation equipped ambulances. All volunteer, they are on duty twenty-four hours a day to provide emergency service to the Village of Ridgefield Park.

Corpsman's Creed

Doctor Charles A. Knox Memorial Volunteer Ambulance Corps Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

It is my obligation as a member of the Corps to attain such perfection as a First Aider and Corpsman that I will be welcomed, in time of emergency, in the homes of the other members of the Corps as well as in the homes of the other members of the community.

Every patient of the Corps, his relatives and friends, has a right to expect that, since I answered the call for aid I am capable of caring for his injuries or sickness to the limit permitted a Corpsman.

To achieve and maintain this high standard of proficiency, I must be completely familiar with the contents of the latest edition of the “American Red Cross First Aid Textbook”, know the use and location of all the equipment carried on the ambulance and actively participate in Drill Meetings, including the demonstration of my first aid skills whenever called upon.

EMT Oath

Doctor Charles A. Knox Memorial Volunteer Ambulance Corps Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.

I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.

While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.

So help me God.

Written by: Charles B. Gillespie, M.D.Adopted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, 1978