Monday, April 22, 2013
Schools team up to benefit Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad
Washington and Tamaques Elementary Schools will engage in a little friendly competition for a worthy cause Wednesday when students face off on the volleyball court to benefit the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad. Westfield High School will play host to the teams who will come head to head at 7 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the squad. "We felt like we wanted to give back to a local charity, one that works so hard to serve our town," said Kerri Ponzio, teacher at Washington School who also serves as WHS girls varsity soccer assistant coach. "The Rescue Squad fit those requirements, so it was an easy choice." Tickets are only available to families of Tamaques and Washington Schools and will not be sold at the door. They are priced at…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Residents are asked to support the squad.
The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad was presented with a proclamation read by acting mayor JoAnn Neylan, in the absence of Mayor Andy Skibitsky, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday evening. The proclamation was regarding the squad's upcoming annual fund drive in March. The proclamation stated that March has been designated Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Month, recognizing the contributions of the members: “The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad is a wholly volunteer emergency medical service [operating] 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… [They] provide no-fee emergency medical care and transportation to the residents and visitors of the town of Westfield for the past 62 years… [and] are certified volunteer emergency medical technicians who …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Annual dinner-dance held Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad celebrated 62 years of service at its annual dinner dance Saturday evening. Held at The Renaisance Hotel in Woodbridge, the event included the swearing in of officers who will serve in 2013 by Councilman David Haas, who began by noting that he is more than just a councilman, he is also a "customer." Haas thanked the men and women of the squad who devote their time and energy to volunteering. He added that while he's heard it said many times that the service they provide to the town comes at no cost to the taxpayer, he concluded that it would be nearly impossible to put a price on the members' commitment and dedication. In 2012, the squad responded to a total of 2,510 calls, up from 2,400 in 2011. The …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Three-day show and sale begins Friday, Dec. 14.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
In appreciation of the dedication by the members of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad to their continuing six-decade mission of providing medical assistance to all in need, most recently during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the Westfield Art Association (WAA) will hold a three-day Westfield Art Galleries Show and Sale as a fundraiser from Friday to Sunday, December 14-16, to benefit the Rescue Squad. A commission to the WAA on all sales will be donated in its entirety to the Rescue Squad. Four Westfield Art Galleries will have many of their finest artists represented. Artworks in this eclectic collection of subject matters, styles, genres, and media will truly provide multiple pieces to suit everyone’s taste in fine art. Evalyn …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Squad is in its 62nd year of providing a free service to the community.
It takes both money and members to keep the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad running, said its president Reid Edles, who has dedicated more than the past two-and-a-half decades to serving the people of Westfield and beyond by volunteering on the squad. Edles debunked a couple of long-standing myths about the squad, now in its 62nd year of providing emergency medical services to Westfield and neighboring communities. First, Edles noted, the squad is funded entirely through tax-deductible donations; it is not subsidized by the government or taxpayer dollars. Secondly, all members are volunteers who respond to traumatic and medical emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The squad prides itself on its ability to be on the …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Additional crews will be on duty.
As Union County braces for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Westfield's Volunteer Rescue Squad is preparing for the worst. "The rescue squad is gearing up for the storm," said Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad president Reid Edles. "We are planning to have additional crews on duty as well as additional personnel on standby should the need arise. We are planning to have all three ambulances available." In the event that Westfield residents need to evacuate their homes, Edles said he is unaware of a designated shelter in Westfield. He advises residents to check with the Red Cross to find the nearest shelter. Click here to learn more about the shelter finder app offered by the Red Cross. "There are specific requirements to be a designated …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The squad is in its 62nd year of providing a free service to the community.
In addition to responding to 20 emergency calls between midnight Friday and 12 a.m. Monday, the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, dispatched an ambulance to Newark Liberty International Airport to participate in the Port Authority's Air Train drill on Saturday morning. The mock exercise tested preparedness in the event of an Air Train disaster. Later that afternoon, the all-volunteer rescue squad had an ambulance on standby at the Westfield High School football game. On Sunday, the rescue squad provided an ambulance and had an extra crew on duty at the 23rd annual Festifall. Funded entirely through tax-deductible donations, the squad is in its 62nd year of providing emergency medical services to the community of Westfield and beyond. …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.
An accident involving a car and a school bus sent one victim to a trauma center Friday morning, according to Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad President Reid Edles. Edles responded to the scene near 1515 Lamberts Mill Rd. shortly after 11 a.m. in an ambulance with one other member of the squad. The Westfield Fire Department, with crews already working at North Avenue and East Broad and Prospect streets as a result of a gas leak and at South Avenue between Downer and Cumberland streets due to a suicide attempt that required the assistance of Union County Hazard Materials officials, were called to help extricate the victim from the vehicle. Edles confirmed that neither the passenger nor the driver of the school bus was injured.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Injuries included heat exhaustion, knee injury, ankle injury, abrasions and blisters.
The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad had three crews on the scene at Wednesday's 11th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, according to Jonathan Delano, captain of the squad. This consisted of two squad ambulances with full crews stationed at the finish line area and at the halfway point of the race, Delano explained. "The squad also had a crew who manned the Union County ASAP vehicle, a high-tech golf cart type vehicle, capable of transporting a patient, that provided roaming EMS coverage of the race," Delano said. "Squad EMT members on duty at the race were Jonathan Delano, Lynn Feldman, Dan Sullivan, Reid Edles, Mike Walko, Dan Klibaner and Kim Adams." Assisting the squad on EMS race operations was a full crew and …
Friday, June 29, 2012
No injuries have been reported.
A fire that began on the ground floor of a two-story home on Standish Avenue in Westfield shortly before 10 p.m. was extinguished by the Westfield Fire Department and crews from neighboring communities at around 10:15 p.m., Friday night. Two young adults, the homeowner's son and his girlfriend, were in the home on the second floor at the time the fire began, according to Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad's Jim Baxter. No injuries were reported, according to Westfield Deputy Fire Chief David Kelly, who said the cause of the fire was not known at this time. The fire appears to have started on the ground floor near the back of the house near the garage, Kelly stated. Mutual aid was provided by the Mountainside, Plainfield, Roselle, and Scotch…