The Independence First Aid Squad is excited to announce our first offering of the American Health and Safety Institution Childcare and Babysitting Safety Course!
The Child and Babysitting Safety training program is designed to focus on supervising, caring for, and keeping children and infants safe in babysitting settings. The program provides fundamental information on the business of babysitting, proper supervision, basic caregiving skills, and responding properly to ill or injured children or infants.
Even though CPR/AED and Basic First Aid certification are not required as part of this course, it is strongly recommended, so we will also be offering an American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED the directly after the Child and Babysitting Safety Course.
The Childcare and Babysitting Course will run on June 10th, 2023, at our building at 3 Regina Lane, Great Meadows, NJ 07838, from 8 am to 12 pm. The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED will start at 1 pm and run until 5 pm.
Both courses cost $80.00 each, but we offer a bundled deal for both courses at $140.00.
When checking out for the course, the PayPal option also accepts regular credit card payments; you do not need a PayPal account.
If you have any questions please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up, please click the "enroll here" button on the training section of our website.
The Independence First Aid Squad would like to thank The Tiny Farm Childcare Experience for donating us five additional Wag'N O2 Fur Life - The Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative Pet Oxygen Mask Kits!
With these additional kits, we can now have a pet oxygen mask kit on all four ambulances, Special Services 735 and Car 735.
We are incredibly excited to be able to have enough pet oxygen mask kits to be able to help our furry friends in every one of our units!
Thank you The Tiny Farm Childcare Experience!
On Sunday, 4/9/23, at 1341, the Independence Township Volunteer Fire Department, Hackettstown Fire Department, and the Independence First Aid squad were dispatched to 2 Main Street in Independence Township for the reported structure fire.
BLS 73-52 (Main Station) and BLS 73-51 (Station 2- Tri-County Fire) responded within minutes of the initial dispatch.
The incident was quickly upgraded to a 1st alarm assignment after the Warren County Department of Public Safety Communication Center received multiple calls reporting flames coming from a residence.
Special Services 735 and BLS 73-53 also responded to the incident.
Two dogs and one cat were pulled from the fire by Hackettstown Fire Department Firefighters. Independence First Aid Squad crews provided first aid to the dogs by utilizing our pet oxygen masks. Crews performed CPR on the cat, which sadly succumbed to its injuries.
Due to the condition of both dogs and a large amount of EMS resources on location, Chief 735 approved BLS 73-53 to transport both dogs to the Harmony Animal Hospital. Both dogs are expected to make a full recovery.
While returning from the animal hospital, BLS 73-53 handled a medical call in our primary area.
EMS units provided rehab services during the incident. One civilian and firefighter were transported to Hackettstown Medical Center for minor injuries.
All EMS units cleared the scene at 1803 hours after being cleared by Incident Command.
During the incident, the Lebanon Township Fire Department BLS Unit was moved to Station 2 (Tri-County Fire Company) as a standby unit.
EMS Units on Scene:
Special Services 735
Deputy Chief 735
Hackettstown First Aid and Rescue Squad BLS 78-51, BLS 73-53, Special Services 785 (Cascade Unit)
Saint Clare's Health MIC 57
Fire Agencies on Scene:
Hackettstown Fire Department
Independence Township Volunteer Fire Department
Mountain Lake Fire Company- 72 Fire
Good Will Fire Company #1
Hope Volunteer Fire Department - Station 38 Fire
Allamuchy Fire Dept.
Washington Fire Department Station 83
New Jersey Forest Service
Other Agencies Involved on Scene:
Independence Police Department
Hackettstown Police Department
Warren County Department of Public Safety FMAC 1, FMAC 6
Warren County HAZ MAT Response Team - Station 22
American Red Cross New Jersey Region
Washington Township (Morris County) Bureau of Fire Prevention
New Jersey State Division of Fire Safety
We are collecting gift cards for the family involved in this devastating fire. Gift cards can be dropped off at our building at 3 Regina Lane, Great Meadows, NJ 07838, any time, or you can call (908)-736-6109, and we can arrange a time to pick up the gift cards from you.
The Independence First Aid Squad would like to introduce BLS 73-54!
BLS 73-54 is a 2017 PL Custom Ford F-450 Classic 156. BLS 73-54 is on a 4x4 chassis making this the second 4x4 vehicle in our fleet. This unit is also equipped with a Stryker power load system making this our third Ambulance with a Stryker power load system.
We want to thank our friends at NJDRP for all of the hard work making sure this unit is mechanically up to our standards and Elite Vehicle Solutions Hunterdon County for the excellent graphic work to make BLS 73-54 look identical to our current fleet as well as performing some much-needed safety upgrades to the unit.
You will see BLS 73-54 out on the road late next week after crews stock the unit and take it to its OEMS inspection.
We would also like to thank Mansfield Township for the Ambulance to serve the communities better!
Response Statistics For March 2023
Last month proved to be another busy month for the Independence First Aid Squad, with 213 requests for service.
Here are the responses by the municipality for March:
Independence Township - 40
Liberty Township - 21
Mansfield Township- 95
Allamuchy Township – 3
Blairstown Township- 1
Franklin Township- 1
Frelinghuysen Township – 7 (5 Long-term Care Facilities)
Hackettstown – 21
Hardwick Township- 1
Hope Township – 3
Knowlton Township- 3
Washington Borough – 7
Washington Township - 7
Out of County- 2
The above calls are the calls the Independence First Aid Squad was requested to respond to. The primary EMS agency or a closer mutual aid agency may have canceled our response to some of the calls we were dispatched to.
During March, the First Aid Squad had 156 patient contacts and 106 patient transports.
March Response Times (All Calls):
Average Dispatch to Responding: 2.85
Average Dispatch to Scene: 12.09
The Independence First Aid Squad missed no calls in our primary area in March.
March was a very busy month for our training center. In March, our training center ran multiple classes certifying over 60 people in CPR for the month.
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. For more information, visit www.73rescue.org