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.
Clinton First Aid & Rescue Responds to Record Number of Calls and Announces Summer EMT Class to Train More Volunteers
Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad answered 4,119 calls for emergency medical and rescue services last year- an increase of more than 14% from 2018 and a whopping 72% since 2012.
The 4,119 calls answered included:
CFARS’s 93 volunteers volunteered a total of 23,000 on-shift hours.
“To say that we need more volunteers is an understatement,” said CFARS Chief Frank Setnicky. “With more residences and hotels being built, greater highway traffic volumes, and an aging population, we expect this trend to continue.”
No experience is necessary. CFARS teaches the EMT course at its own training facility, with a new session starting June 24. The course is free for CFARS volunteers. Prior to completing the course, volunteers can learn first aid and CPR, after which they can assist EMTs.
From the sense of purpose that comes from helping your neighbors, to the adrenaline rush of responding to an emergency, to the life-long friendships that feel like family, there are many rewards for those who volunteer.
“If you’re interested in the Squad, but not quite sure if it’s for you, sign up for our ride-along program,” Setnicky said. “You’ll see first hand why we love what we do.”
To learn more or inquire about joining or a ride-along, please visit www.joinclintonems.com. Click on “Contact Us & Apply.”
Faced with a skyrocketing increase in calls for emergency help, Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad is sounding the alarm for more volunteers. Anyone willing to help is urged to fill out an inquiry form at www.JoinClintonEMS.com. No experience is necessary.
The volunteer-run squad provides emergency health care, rescue from accidents and other dangerous circumstances, and hospital transit in Clinton Township, The Town of Clinton, Lebanon Borough, and portions of Union and Franklin townships. Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad (CFARS) responded to more than 4,000 calls in 2019 – an increase of 33 percent since 2015 and a whopping 67 percent since 2012.
“We’ve seen double-digit growth year-over-year for the past five years, and we don’t see this growth stopping anytime soon,” said CFARS Deputy Chief of EMS Bucky Buchanan.
With the holidays upon us, the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad would like to remind everyone of some safety tips while preparing our houses, both inside and out. As emergency responders, we like to occasionally share some injury prevention messages to our community, and hopefully eliminate the need for us to meet after an injury occurs.
Falling while hanging lights or other decorations is a leading cause of holiday-related trauma. If you are so inclined to decorate, make sure you use a sturdy ladder and not items such as boxes or chairs to stand on, never touch electrical lines, and always have someone with you to hold the ladder and be your spotter.
Keep Small Objects From Small Children
Small objects are a constant hazard to infants and toddlers. Something as simple as an ornament or that new marble track gift for your young child can be a potential foreign body airway obstruction for the small child.
Make sure burning candles are never left unattended. Ensure an adult is present in any room where there are children and open flames. Before burning in your fireplace make sure your chimney has been cleaned, clear of any obstructions, and your flue is in the open position. And never dispose of hot ashes or candle wax in with your household garbage.
We can also always use help!
Volunteers are in very short supply and we have classes starting just after the holidays if you ever thought about joining. More information on membership can be found at www.clintonems.org or by calling 908-735-4012 x126
Published in the Town of Clinton Newsletter, December 2019
Congressman Tom Malinowski, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, took time out of his schedule this week to visit the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad, and hear about the services we provide to the communities we serve. Planned by the Town of Clinton Council, after visiting with the Police Department and Clinton Fire Department, Representative Malinowski and his team spent an hour touring our station, learning about our services, and discussing EMS on the National level.
After getting some hands-on time with our new battery operated rescue equipment, and seeing some of our grant-funded equipment, he had the opportunity to learn about Naloxone and how it helps to reverse the effects of opiate overdoses, as well as learned how to administer an Epi-Pen. Some great discussion on funding of both life-saving medications and access to each.
It was also a great time for us to have discussions with the team about medicare and insurance funding of community-based EMS, and the effects that insured individuals and agencies like ours have when insurance does not cover emergency medical care.
We'd like to thank the Congressman and his team, as well as the Town Council members for stopping by and spending some time with us, and learning about our service to the community.
Hunterdon County Democrat - Community Bulletin - Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force held a grain bin rescue drill on Wednesday, July 10, for a new specialized piece of equipment it was recently awarded.
The task force received a Grain Rescue Tube and training in its use as part of Grain Bin Safety Week from the Peosta, Iowa-based National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
Flemington-Raritan First Aid Rescue Squad chief Tom Hoffman said the county’s rescue task force was able to obtain the rescue tube the through a grant facilitated by the Nationwide Insurance Co.
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.
CFARS responded Heavy Rescue 455, Rescue 455, 3 BLS units, with 22 members, in addition to staffing the first 2 BLS units from our Hampton Ambulance and High Bridge Emergency Squad Ambulance partnerships.
Other responding units included the High Bridge, Clinton Township & Lebanon Township Police Departments, High Bridge, Lebanon Township and Clinton Township fire departments, Hunterdon Medical Center's MICU, NorthStar Air Medical Helicopter, Atlantic Air 1, the Hunterdon County Hazmat Response Team and Department of Public Safety, Superior Towing, JCP&L, Atlantic Ambulance and the NJSP/NJDOT Traffic Diversion Team.
By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
A tractor-trailer struck two vehicles before overturning and slamming into two more cars Monday evening along Route 31, leaving four people hurt, officials said.
All of the injured are expected to survive, including two people who were flown to Morristown Medical Center according to Paul Approvato, the deputy chief of detectives for the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.
The truck was traveling south on Route 31 near Cregar Road in Lebanon Township around 5:30 p.m. when it hit two vehicles, turned on its side, slid into the northbound lane and collided with two other vehicles, the prosecutor’s office said. Two people were taken by ambulance to Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township.
The truck was carrying “gray water” - waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances, Approvato said. The road was closed until around midnight for the investigation. JCP&L also repaired a power line damaged in the crash.
No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation, Approvato said.
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Earlier this evening our Rescue Services unit was requested to assist mutual aid at a Tractor Trailer vs Tractor Trailer accident on Route 78 West at exit 11 in Union Township, Hunterdon County. A BLS from Pattenburg Rescue Squad and Squad 25 from Pattenburg Fire were on scene with one driver injured, unable to get out of the vehicle.
Just around 4pm Heavy Rescue 455 was requested by command to assist with the driver of the tractor trailer who was entrapped by the dashboard pinning the drivers legs in the remaining portion of the cab.
Heavy Rescue 455 went responding almost immediately upon dispatch with 6 volunteer rescue members, followed moments later with another 5 rescue personnel on Rescue 455. The 11 CFARS members worked seamlessly with the requesting agencies to complete a complex extrication of this driver. An additional 3 rescue volunteers stood by the building to cover additional calls.
Once the driver was disentangled from his rig, he was turned over to the BLS unit and Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center for treatment and was further transferred to the flight team of NorthSTAR Air Medical Helicopter for transport to a trauma center.
The seamless operation between mutual aide departments is a testament to the regional mutual aide system built over the years. Our teams worked in tandem to get this mission accomplished in a timely and safe manner. We wish a speedy recovery to all involved.
If you would like more information on how to join or Rescue or EMS team please visit www.ClintonEMS.org for volunteer opportunities.
Photos from: Pattenburg Fire Company