The Employment Committee of South Branch Emergency Services, Inc is pleased to announce the promotion of per diem EMT/FF Ryan Nelson to the position of Full Time EMT/Operations Lieutenant. He will be replacing Lt. Ryan Clancy who departed SBES in August for a position in the Murfreesboro Tennessee Fire Department.
Lt. Nelson is no stranger to SBES! He joined our team through the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad as a per diem EMT back in October 2006. Ryan has served many roles here at SBES, including Per Diem, Part Time and Full Time EMT, volunteer on our Rescue Company as a Rescue Tech/Firefighter, as well as many other organizations.
Ryan got his start in Emergency Services following in both his parents footsteps back in 2002, joining the Hampton Fire Company. Since that time he has served many, many departments, in several states, including the Milford-Holland Rescue Squad, Hampton Emergency Squad, East Whitehouse Fire Department, St Lukes EMS, Hunterdon Medical Center Security, and the list can continue. He is also Past-Chief of Hampton Emergency Squad
In his spare time, the few moments he isn't working, Ryan enjoys spending time with his son Chase traveling to street fairs, race tracks, backyard farming and camping.
We welcome Ryan back to the full time team, now as an officer here at SBES!
The decision means Hampton, Glen Gardner, and Bethlehem Township residents will continue to receive excellent emergency care with faster response times despite a decline in volunteers.
Hunterdon County, NJ...Hampton Emergency Squad, which provides emergency medical care in Hampton, Glen Gardner and Bethlehem Township, will merge with South Branch Emergency Services on January 1, 2022, leaders from both organizations announced. The resulting organization will operate under the South Branch name and provide coverage to all areas currently served by the two entities.
“We’re very excited about it,” said Hampton Chief Penny Tampier. “The people are going to get better service.”
Residents served by Hampton are already familiar with South Branch, whose EMTs provide daytime coverage from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Currently, Hampton volunteers respond to nighttime emergencies from home, heading first to the station and then to the call. After the merger, on-duty squad members will respond directly to emergencies. “Response times should be much quicker,” Tampier said.
A decline in volunteers – gradual for years, and recently abrupt – led Hampton Emergency Squad leaders to seek the merger, Tampier said. The gradual decline in volunteer numbers and daytime availability is a problem faced by all volunteer-based emergency services, and what led Hampton to seek a daytime coverage partnership nearly two decades ago. Then in 2021, Hampton’s volunteer roster dropped sharply, from 20 EMTs. Some volunteers moved or went back to college.
“We want to be able to give the same high level of care that we were always able to in the past, the level of care that people expect from us, and this merger allows that to happen” stressed Chief Tampier.
Two Mergers in Two Years Creating a Regional Approach