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Red Bank council awards contract for community’s ambulance services

RED BANK – The members of the Red Bank Borough Council have awarded a three-year contract for ambulance services in the borough.

During a recent meeting, council members awarded the professional services contract to the Community Health Group (JFK University Medical Center), Edison, through its emergency medical services (EMS) department.

Under the terms of the contact, JFK EMS will provide ambulance services in Red Bank seven days per week, 24 hours per day from Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023. Borough officials will pay JFK EMS $120,000 per year or $360,000 during the life of the agreement.

The contract recognizes that JFK EMS is a separate and independent contractor, however, Red Bank officials have agreed to also recognize JFK EMS as the exclusive contractor providing ambulance services in the borough.

According to the contract, JFK EMS will provide, maintain and staff at least one ambulance in a ready state to respond to emergency medical service calls received in Red Bank. Any JFK EMS ambulance will be staffed by two certified EMS technicians.

The contract may be renewed by the Borough Council after the initial three-year term.

In other business, council members confirmed the appointment of William Morrison as full-time administrative assistant. Morrison’s appointment became effective on Feb. 16 and he will receive an hourly pay rate of $26, according to a resolution.

The council members also authorized the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division to conduct aerial mosquito control operations in Red Bank. The resolution is required by the Borough Council to allow the operations to be conducted in Red Bank, which is designated a “congested area” by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Finally, the council authorized a one-time honorarium payment in the amount of $2,500 to Sgt. Jorge Torres of the Red Bank Police Department. The payment is in lieu of tuition and expense reimbursements for Torres successfully obtaining a master’s degree, according to a resolution.

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