In a letter to township officials, the head of Bergen Hatzalah criticized the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC) for violating state law. TVAC has hit back with its own accusations.
On August 1, Steven Kirschner of Teaneck, president of Bergen Hatzalah, sent a letter to Teaneck township officials accusing TVAC of violating state law by failing to file its incident reports with the state Department of Health properly.
“I implore the Township to identify an EMS agency that is compliant with State law to provide care to those who call Teaneck police for their medical emergencies,” Kirschner wrote, apparently recommending Hatzalah to be the official town EMS responder.
Advocates for the Teaneck ambulance corps pointed out that it is illegal for Hatzalah to operate with a private phone number. New Jersey state law says an ambulance service “shall not advertise any telephone number for emergency response.”
Both EMT organizations include members from the Orthodox Jewish population of Bergen and Teaneck. Hatzalah began operating in 2021.