At the direction of EMT Naomi Theisz, Coordinator, the WTVAC Equipment Loans team, including her husband, Dr. Nicholas Theisz, and EMT Robert Grimaldi, collects and refurbishes used medical equipment from the local community, and then loans them back out to any Pascack Valley residents in need.
The Corps’s current inventory includes (but is not limited to): crutches, canes, quad canes, walkers, walkers with a bench, wheelchairs, commodes (+ associated parts), shower chairs, medical (hospital) beds, transport chairs, and knee scooters.
Because the Township Corps is one of a few that continues to fully maintain and operate an Equipment Loans program, the team both accepts donations from, and seeks to loan-out its equipment to residents of both the Township and other Bergen County towns.
As it stands, the municipalities where Corps Equipment is currently on loan to includes,
but are not limited to: Hillsdale, Westwood, River Vale, Emerson, Paramus, Park Ridge, Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, Old Tappan, Ho-Ho-Kus, Closter, New Milford, Harrington Park, Norwood, Upper Saddle River, Saddle Brook, Ramsey, Cresskill, Wyckoff, Waldwick, Dumont, Haledon, and Fair Lawn.
The team is happy to assist out-of-area residents as well, especially in situations when a piece of equipment is not readily available elsewhere.
As newer equipment comes in, older items that can no longer fit in the Corps’s multiple storage sheds are then put to good use by being donated overseas, while newer items are reserved for the local community.
Anyone in need of loan-out medical equipment, or has items to donate, is asked to contact Naomi at the dedicated equipment line: 201-474-5626.
As always, the Corps needs additional members, any person interested in volunteering their time can find our application online at www.wtvac.org or call us at 201-664-3784. Anyone aged 16 and older, no maximum age limit, is eligible to attend EMT training. Those who are too young or wish to attend training at a later time may still apply and get involved in the meantime. Those approaching the age of 16 may contact us ahead of time to begin the application process as well.