"We would like to thank the Mayor, Council and Residents of the Town of Clinton who made this vehicle possible" stated Frank Setnicky, Chief of the Squad. He continued saying, "the support we continue to receive for our volunteer run department is second to none, and we greatly appreciate it".
Another new addition that is included with this ambulance is a hydraulic stretcher system. "One of the biggest risks our members face is that of back injuries" stated H. Bucky Buchanan, Deputy Chief of EMS. "By helping to reduce the number of times our members need to left patients will help the health and safety of our responders". The Squad hopes to be able to upgrade all of their stretcher systems in 2016 through a competitive Federal Grant they have applied for. "At a total cost over a quarter million dollars to upgrade all our ambulances with this new safety feature, it would not be possible for us with the assistance of grant funds" concluded Deputy Chief Buchanan.
BLS 45-56 will hopefully be in service serving the Town of Clinton and our other response areas early next year after all equipment is installed and it completes an inspection by the State of New Jersey Department of Health.
The Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) and Rescue services (vehicle extrication, water rescue, collapse, trench, rope and confined-space rescue) to the Town of Clinton, a majority of Clinton Twp., all of Lebanon Borough, and portions of the Township of Franklin and the Township of Union. With a coverage area of approximately 52 square miles and a call volume that exceeds 2,600 calls per year, the squad utilizes a combination of volunteer and supplemental paid personnel to insure in-house staffing around the clock. The squad operates 5 ambulances, a rescue truck, a special services vehicle, off-road ambulance, 3
boats, two command vehicles and trailers for staging/support services as well as technical rescue services. The Squad relies heavily on donations, which can be made on the Squad's website at http://www.clintonems.org. Community members interested in volunteering with the Squad can complete an application on the same website.