Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad & High Bridge Emergency Squad proudly announce a new name and details of our July 1 Merger. By working together as a single organization, the same dedicated group of EMTs and Rescue Associates will bring faster and better emergency care to both communities. Have no doubt – volunteers will still be needed! Read the full release here.
A shout out this afternoon to the Telecom Pioneers Chapter 99 from iConectiv in Bridgewater for your donation of Build-a-bears home made stuffed animals! These new bears will be added to our ambulances for use with younger children during stressful times.
Per Greg Hachey (Pictured) from the Chapter, "there is nothing better than handing a distressed child a stuffed bear/animal to hold on to".
CFARS Logistics Coordinator Shannon Giuliani is pictured here with Greg accepting the very generous donation.
Last evening, as has been the tradition for the last 13 years, the Bring The Heat Annual Chili Cook-off committee presented the Squad with a donation from the proceeds of the event held at our station on April 13th.
We would like to thank the Newcomers Club of North Hunterdon County and the Knights of Columbus Council 6245 for organizing and holding this event, which has become a great event here in Clinton, and one we look forward to each year! We'd also like to thank all those sponsors, vendors, participants, attendees and judges who spend the afternoon here at our station, and eat well!
Next year the #CFARSPride team will be on hand with our first entry as participants, so look out!
SAVE THE DATE! Our 14th annual cook-off will be on Saturday, April 18, 2020
#CFARSPride #ChiliCookoff #BringTheHeat
Each and every day, Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad and High Bridge Emergency Squad have made supporting the health and safety of the community their top priority.
With populations shifting, resource demands growing, and the number of volunteer EMTs declining, it has become increasingly evident that the ability to provide pre-hospital emergency medical services and rescue services in the future depends on the strong solidarity of our two squads and our skillful volunteers.
After careful and deliberate dialogue, Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad and High Bridge Emergency Squad have determined that the strategic consolidation of their companies will be a win-win for the communities we both serve and for the dedicated volunteers we train.
High Bridge EMTs will benefit from Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad’s advanced training in a variety of life-saving disciplines. Clinton will benefit from the energy and commitment that members of High Bridge Emergency Squad will bring to its established volunteer base. From all perspectives, this consolidation is an astute decision at the right time.
Working under the guidance of consulting firm VFIS, the pathway to consolidation will begin during a kickoff meeting next month.
The transition will be methodical and respectful of the unique attributes that each squad brings to the consolidation process. We look forward to sharing our progress and the opportunities our consolidation will bring to the community in the months ahead.
North Hunterdon High School held their annual Community Services Fair today, delayed slightly be the weather causing an delayed opening of the school. CFARS members EMT Connor Duda, a Senior at NHHS, EMT/FF Wes Hockin also a Senior, and EMT/FF Greg Schwartz, a 2018 Graduate of the school, represented the Clinton EMS & Rescue volunteers, talking with students about opportunities to give back to the community through our organization.
A lot of good contacts where made with underclassmen, and we look forward to seeing some of them in the future as part of our Cadet program. That program allows students ages 16 & 17 to volunteer with our organization, learning and responding along side our Team Members and Leaders to 9-1-1 medical emergencies across the schools sending districts. Our team members joined 19 other community groups including several of our local fire departments at the fair.
For more information on how you can get involved, please visit our ABOUT US page, and view the different membership opportunities.
North Hunterdon Fire Alliance - Squad 51 held an open house on Friday at the Clinton Fire Department's firehouse.
First responders from the following departments attended:
There was a Clinton Police car, firetrucks and rescue trucks on display and open for kids to be able to sit in the driver's seats.
There were live demonstrations involving stove, grill, and grease fires and how to handle these situations at home, while Clinton's fire marshal had hands-on demonstrations using fire extinguishers and the Clinton Rescue Squad did a live vehicle extrication demonstration.
Annandale Fire Company had its Smoke Trailer for people to see what it is like when a room fills with smoke, and how to safely exit the building.
The New Jersey State Police NorthStar medivac helicopter also did a flyover.
Hunterdon County Democrat
Posted Jun 18
By: Community Bulletin
(Clinton Twp., NJ) – January 23, 2018 – Lynda DeRosa decided not to buy and exchange Christmas presents this season, instead she chose to donate nine sets of Pet Oxygen Mask Kits to First Responders in her community.
Mrs. DeRosa and her husband, Jack, met with member representatives of the North Hunterdon Fire Alliance and Clinton Rescue Squad at Annandale’s Fire Station #1 on Tuesday evening to hand out the kits.
Lynda DeRosa started “Jaci & BigBoy’s Hands Helping Paws” in memory of her niece Jaci and her pet dog BigBoy. She stated “Everyone I have met along this journey has been absolutely wonderful. I feel very blessed to be able to bless others who selflessly give their service to all of us in our community and at the same time honor my niece Jaci and dog BigBoy as well.”
Mrs. DeRosa is hoping to make this an annual or even semiannual event as she believes all first responders should be well-equipped to take care of the residents pets in the event tragedy strikes.
Each kit contains 3 specially designed oxygen masks (small, medium, and large) that fit over the snout of an animal to allow for the flow of life saving oxygen.
The agencies that received the kits were: Clinton Fire Department (Station 45), Annandale Hose Company (Station 46), Lebanon Boro Fire Department (Station 18), Quakertown Fire Company (Station 91) and their EMS Division (Rescue 91), High Bridge Fire Department (Station 14), and the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad (Rescue 45).
By: Richard Maxwell, Correspondent
1st Responder Network
Lynda DeRosa donated 9 sets of Pet Oxygen Mask Kits to 1st Responders in Hunterdon County, NJ on January 23, 2018. L to R – back row: Sean Smith, Captain High Bridge FD, Bradley Patkochis Chief Quakertown FD, Walter Dorf, Chief Clinton FD: Lynda DeRosa; Robert Emery, Chief Annandale Hose Co,; Kevin Saharic, Chief Lebanon Boro FD; Gene Schaedel & Marilena Parker, Clinton Rescue Squad. L to R- front row: Bucky Buchanan, Deputy Chief of EMS for Clinton Rescue Squad; Mark Brong, Deputy Chief High Bridge FD; Jack DeRosa & Crash; Mike Lapczynski, EMS Lieutenant Clinton rescue Squad.
Clinton, NJ (January 20, 2018) – The Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad held their Annual Installation Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Clinton Saturday evening.
2018 will mark the Squad’s 50th year of service to the community.
Mayor John Higgins of Clinton Township swore in of the 2018 line and administrative officers after the meal.
2018 Line officers are: Frank Setnicky - Chief, Matt Stiff - Deputy Chief, Chris Miller - Rescue Captain, Joe Olivo - EMS Captain, Chris Querry - Rescue Lieutenant, Mike Lapczynski - EMS Lieutenant, Michelle Gardner - Lieutenant, Evan Holtz - Lieutenant.
Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad invites High School Students to Volunteer
High school students interested in exploring a career in medicine, earning meaningful community service hours, and forging new friendships should consider joining Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad.
Rising North Hunterdon High School junior Connor Duda and rising North Hunterdon senior Sarah Klepper both say the decision to become a CFARS cadet has led to amazing experiences that have changed their lives.
“I really like emergency medicine, and I like helping people,” said Connor, 17, who joined CFARS last fall. Students as young as 16 can join the CFARS squad and, once certified in CPR, can assist Emergency Medical Technicians on scene and on the ambulance.
“When I go on calls, I get the stretcher out and I lay all the equipment we’ll need on the stretcher,” Connor said. “I can take patient vitals (blood pressure and respiratory rate, for example), and when the EMT is assisting the patient, I’ll hand them things they need. I know that this makes it easier for them – that having me there helps a lot.”
Working with EMTs and assisting patients is preparing him to be an EMT, paramedic, or emergency room physician, all career paths Connor is considering. “Another skill I’ve learned that helps me in day-to-day life is how to better interact with people and make them comfortable,” he said. “You get really good at it.”
Connor completed his EMT class this summer here at Clinton, and has passed his State EMT test.
Sarah joined CFARS in spring 2016, becoming a member as soon as she was old enough. She had been waiting to join CFARS since her pre-teen years. “When I was 10, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Clinton brought me to Hunterdon Medical Center two or three times, and that led me to want to help in some way.”
Sarah has known for years that she wants to be a nurse, and becoming an EMT has provided her a good head start, and solidified for her that she’s chosen the right path. She is currently enrolled in Hunterdon County Polytech’s nursing program, and hopes to study nursing at The College of New Jersey next fall. “One of the reasons I want to go there is so I’m close enough to come back on the weekends and still volunteer with Clinton,” she said.
Connor, who wants a career in emergency medicine, perhaps as an ER doctor, agrees with Sarah that being a CFARS volunteer is a fantastic way to prepare for his future career.
Joining CFARS means committing to serve at least one, four-hour duty shift a week and attend one monthly training skills training session and the CFARS monthly meeting. Both young volunteers note that generates many community service hours, which not only fulfill high school requirements but stand out on college applications. A big benefit they weren’t expecting: Gaining an additional family.
Connor joined soon after moving to this area from Massachusetts. “When I joined, I met a whole new set of people, and I became part of a community,” he said.
“Everyone at the squad is so caring and so generous,” Sarah said. “I ride on Tuesday nights, and I have become best friends with all of my partners. I can’t imagine my life without the squad now.”
Anyone interested in joining CFARS should visit www.joinclintonems.com or call 844-4-Clinton. CFARS and Hunterdon Polytech also have a partnership through which EMT students can earn high school credit. Ask your guidance counselor for more information.
Clinton (Hunterdon County) NJ – July 16, 2017 – The Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad preformed a water rescue today, saving the town's Rubber Duck.
Actually, it wasn’t really a rescue, but they utilized similar techniques. Rescue Squad members help out with the Clinton Rubber Ducky Race every year.
On Sunday, the 28th Annual Clinton Sunrise Rotary Rubber Ducky Race was held on the South Branch of the Raritan River in downtown Clinton. People could sponsor a duck in the race for $10 and a chance to win one of several prizes
Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks were released by squad members, the duck then went over the falls and raced in the river to the finish line with a large crowd cheering them on.
Proceeds from this annual event supports the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community of Central NJ.
Prizes ranged from a Walt Disney World Trip, to a Travel Voucher from Clark Travel, and to several gift certificates.
After the race was over, the rescue squad retrieved the race’s mascot, who was floating in the middle of the river overseeing the race activities.
By RICHARD MAXWELL Correspondent
1st Responder NetworkStory Number 072617104
Disclaimer: This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the
1st Responder newsroom.