The squad had a great time at the Memorial Day Parade!
Please join the BHVRS in welcoming the newest member of our fleet, 962! The BHVRS is a not-for-profit organization and relies, almost exclusively, on your donations to support us. Thanks to the generosity of the citizens and businesses of Berkeley Heights over the years, we able to recently purchase our new ambulance, 962. Come out tomorrow and see 962 in the Memorial Day Parade and commemorate those who have died protecting our freedoms!
Tonight, members of the squad attended the Overlook Medical Center’s Excellence in Emergency Services Awards Dinner. As a part of EMS Week, all of the squads that bring patients to OMC are invited to celebrate their service. Each squad picks a member of their agency to recognize for their excellent service. The BHVRS chose to honor our Supply LT Kevin Jow. Kevin rides two shifts a week and goes above and beyond for the squad. We are very grateful for Kevin and all of his hard work. Congratulations, Kevin!
The BHVRS will be hosting a Flower/Plant sale to benefit our Relay for Life Team. Come visit on Sunday, May 17 at the Squad building located at 378 Snyder Ave. in Berkeley Heights from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While you’re there, pick up some delicious baked goods. All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance orders for flowers/plants will be taken by calling (908)464-1141. Hall’s Garden Center and Florist has generously supported the Rescue Squad’s fundraising project.
The Squad will also be hosting a “Paint a Flower Pot and Plant a Flower” table at the Boy Scout’s Annual Rubber Ducky Festival on May 30 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at Passaic River Park in Berkeley Heights. The pots and plants will be distributed to cancer patients and their families at St. Barnabas Hospital to cheer them.
Please help the BHVRS support the A3564 EMS Bill by submitting the easy online form below.This legislation will have positive impact on NJ’s emergency medical service system while having little if any cost for volunteer squads, local municipalities or the State of New Jersey. Specifically this legislation would:
– Require that an emergency medical technician be with a patient whenever a patient is being transported;
– Require that all ambulances be inspected and provides for this to be done with little difficulty to administer and will incur no new costs to taxpayers;
– Change the definition of a “volunteer squad” to reflect the fiscal realities that face both volunteer squads and municipal based squads today. The new definition will mean that those volunteer squads that find they must now bill to be able to continue to provide their services will again be considered volunteer squads. These squads and their volunteer members will again be entitled to the rights and protections afforded to squads that meet the new definition of a volunteer squad.
Sending this email will take you less then a minute. Please help us get this bill through by clicking on the link below!
Jen Brookes, a regular member and Vice President of the BHVRS, received the New Jersey State First Aid Council Gail Lawrence Memorial Scholarship. Jen is heading to Physician Assistant school in a couple of weeks and is so very deserving of this scholarship! We are all so proud of her! Congratulations, Jen!
Last Thursday, the squad hosted two 1 hour CPR classes at the Squad building. The classes were well attended and were open to those who live or work in Berkeley Heights. The course was taught by American Red Cross instructor and BHVRS Vehicle Lt Bill Schulz. Participants learned the basics of hands-only CPR, use of the AED defibrillator, and how to assist choking victims.We’re always looking for new members – EMTs, non-EMT Auxiliary Members, and Cadets (16-18yearolds).