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Paramus NJ, The New Jersey EMS Task Force, a statewide organization designed to respond to large-scale man-made and natural disasters, has been awarded a generous grant from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation. The $25,000 grant will go directly to providing personal protective equipment to the NJ EMS Task Force members on the frontlines of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The men and women of the NJ EMS Task Force have been integral in the fight against COVID-19,” said Michael Bascom, President of the Non-Profit Board of Directors. “This grant from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation will provide us with funds to assure our members have the right PPE they need now, and well into the future.”

“Our foundation is committed to helping those in our community who are committed to helping our New Jersey communities, especially in these times of crisis,” said Edele Hovnanian. “The men and women who are part of this Task Force are part of the growing list of heroic organizations and people who are helping our communities get through this crisis and we will forever be grateful to them.”

The NJEMSTF was activated in March to be part of the state’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Working side-by-side with local, state, and national health, law enforcement and office of emergency management teams, members have handled such missions as providing administrative and logistics support at the mobile COVID-19 testing sites, deployed Western Shelter tent facilities at 20 hospitals, placed oxygen generators at various facilities, and coordinated the deployment of its medical ambulance bus fleet to transport COVID-19 positive patients from long term care facilities and hospitals. The team is also staffing regional temporary morgue sites, the deployment of out-of-state FEMA ambulance teams, working to obtain and distribute PPE, and coordinating state EMS needs.

This funding will assure the safety of our NJ EMS Task Force providers and enhance the care our providers deliver to the people of New Jersey, every hour of every day,” said John Grembowiec, Task Force Advisory Board Chairman. “This grant will also allow us to focus on the immediate and long-term needs of disaster planning and preparations throughout the state.”


The New Jersey EMS Task Force is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that represents more than 200 career and volunteer EMS providers positioned throughout the state, who are trained in various disciplines of emergency medical services to respond to large-scale man-made and natural disasters as well as pre-planned events. The NJEMSTF was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as a way to better prepare New Jersey’s preparations and responses to large-scale events. Today, through partnerships with local agencies, the NJEMSTF has specialized equipment and EMS providers strategically stationed throughout the state and ready to respond to any emergency. The NJEMSTF has been critical in the response to such events as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, the hurricanes that hit the US Virgin Islands,  wildfires, flooding in Bound Brook, a fire on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, and the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. The NJ EMS Task Force response to Superstorm Sandy has been used as a model for EMS organizations around the country to plan for and respond to major natural disasters. The team has also provided EMS resources at planned events such as Super Bowl XLVIII, the New Jersey Marathon, the Warped Tour concerts, the New Jersey Balloon Festival, and Bamboozle.


The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation was established in 1986 and over the decades has given away over $60 million to organizations and programs that meet its mission goals. One of its primary mission goals is to serve the needs of New Jersey residents, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education ,and support networks who assist New Jersey residents in need. The Foundation  issued numerous emergency grants after Superstorm Sandy hit our state in 2012 and has again, with the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, committed itself to be there for the those  meeting the needs of  residents in this crisis.


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