Members of the New Jersey senate proposed a bill this month that would require facilities with parking garages unable to accommodate ambulances to have their own on-site emergency vehicles.
The impetus of the bill occurred in The Mall at Short Hills last December, when a Hoboken man was shot in the head during a carjacking inside the parking garage. Dustin Friedland, a Toms River native, had to wait 20 minutes to be loaded into the ambulance from the time his wife first called emergency services.
That ambulance was unable to access the parking garage due to the low clearance at the entrance, which forced emergency personnel to wheel a stretcher up several levels to Friedland, and bring him back down.
Senator Richard Codey and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. introduced the legislation. Jamie Schare Friedland, now widowed, filed suit in March against the Millburn First Aid Squad and Universal Protection Services LLC, which provides security services to the mall, among others.
Should parking garages in New Jersey be required to have their own emergency services vehicle?