We will never forget the tragic attack on our country 17 years ago. We will also never forget the victims and their families.

A group of responders from our squad, as well as many others from Hunterdon County responded to NYC to help. We remember that day like it was yesterday.

Just another reminder during storm season. Turn around, don’t drown.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Areas of the state are experiencing flooded roads and walkways. Here are a few tips to stay safe:
- - If your area is prone to flooding take precautions such as moving cars to higher ground.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Even six inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet, and a depth of two feet will float your car! Never try to walk, bike or drive through flooded areas. Water may be deeper than you think!
- Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. Obey traffic barriers. STOP! Turn around and go another way.
- Keep children from playing in floodwaters or near culverts and storm drains.
Learn more about flood safety at https://www.ready.gov/floods

Be sure to stay informed about weather conditions in your area. For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey visit US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Hollyhttp://www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area visit US National Weather Service New York NY http://www.weather.gov/okx/.

It’s Hurricane Season. Are you prepared? Download our FREE NJ Hurricane Survival Guide today at https://www.nj.gov/njoem/plan-prepare/hurricanes.shtml.


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We participated in the 8th Annual Raritan Township Fire Company 9/11 Stairclimb at Hunterdon Medical Center today.

Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Readington, NJ shared a link.

Article from Hunterdon Review by Marin Resnick

TEWKSBURY TWP. — First responders from all over the county came out on Wednesday, Aug. 29, to learn how to corral a horse and more during the first annual Equine Emergency Rescue Seminar hosted by the township’s Equestrian Committee held at Mane Stream.

The equestrian committee invited expert horse trainer, and former detective sergeant with the Berkeley Heights Police Department Joe Williams, Kristine Matarazo from the Hunterdon County Animal Response Team (CART) and Dr. Kerry Scholz, an avid horsewoman, a member of the CART team and a veterinarian at Oldwick Animal Hospital, to show first responders how to control a horse in an emergency situation.

“Members of the equestrian committee were very pleased with the turnout. Over 30 first responders from Tewksbury and surrounding communities attended the workshop,” said Committee Chair, horse owner and noted animal author, Loren Spiotta-DiMare. “And we received very positive feedback at the end of the program.”

After a light dinner provided by the committee, more than two-dozen first responders lined the meeting area of Mane Stream to learn a bit about CART and how the group can assist in a crisis.
“CART was created in 2005 after Katrina,” Matarazo said. “People were sitting on the roofs of their homes with their dogs in their laps refusing to (board) helicopters because they wouldn’t leave their dogs.”

Matarazo said after Katrina, the evacuation of animals became not only a concern about the animals themselves, but also a human concern because people would not evacuate if they couldn’t take their pets.

As a way to address this concern, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mandated legislation that all states would create animal evacuation plans/departments.

In New Jersey, the state created CART teams for every county. or Hunterdon County, CART is part of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and is deployed when there is a disaster.
“When the Red Cross sets up a human shelter, CART sets up a shelter for pets,” Matarazo said. “We co- shelter with Red Cross.”

Matarazo said the volunteer organization not only organizes shelters in disasters, but also helps with everyday occurrences such as helping horses out of swimming pools, helping to head cattle that has wandered into major travel arteries, and coordinating fire companies to help with watering animals when water supplies are not working are have become stagnated by flooding or other events.

After learning a bit about CART and how they can help, the first responders entered into the indoor area to work with Williams on the appropriate way to catch a horse.

As the fine men and women in blue lined up next to the ring, volunteers from Mane Stream let a palomino named Minnie loose in the ring.

“A horse cannot see behind it,” Williams said as he approached Minnie slowly from left side. “Horses are a prey animal and have peripheral vision. Stand on the side, and stay calm.”

As Williams walked to the side of Minnie, he tossed a yellow rope around her head and make a makeshift halter, placing the rope around her nose, showing the group how to manage a horse who make have escaped with out a halter.
“Stay on the side, and stay calm,” Williams reiterated.

Williams then invited the first responders into the ring to rope Minnie.

Lewis Moore, deputy chief of the Whitehouse Rescue Squad was the first to enter the ring. Moore slowly walked along side Minnie, placing his yellow rope over the horse as Williams had shown, then placed the rope gently around her nose, walking off with her.

“This was a good (learning experience) because we work a lot with horses in our area,” Moore said. “We learned how using simple tools which we carry with us (all the time), such as rope, can calm a horse down which helps us take control during an (emergency situation).”

Paul Grassie of Readington Township’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), agreed with Moore.

“It’s a good idea to learn how to handle (the horses)),” Grassie said. “I learned how to take control of the horse and how to approach a horse, slowly.”

Jane Lundy, also a member of Readington Township’s CERT, agreed that the primary lesson learned from Williams was to stay calm.
“If you stay clam, the horse will stay calm,” Lundy said.

“Less is more,” Scholz said. “Come to the (scene) with out sirens and flashing lights. Turn off any kind of audible noises and flashing lights. Stay calm, and always lead a horse from the left side.”

Lewis Moore III
Kristine Marie Matarazzo
Hunterdon County, NJ - Department of Public Safety

Come on out and see us today at the Tewksbury Historical Society Flea Market!
We just started serving lunch - Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips, homemade cookies, soda and water... we're here till 3pm!

Come out and see us Saturday at the Tewksbury Historical Society annual flea market featuring loads of antiques.

We will be serving breakfast and lunch as a fundraiser for the Squad.

Upgrades to the County 9-1-1 Center

Freeholders Authorize First Major 9-1-1 Center Upgrade Since 2010 - Improvements Being Made Despite No State 9-1-1 Funding

Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board authorized the necessary upgrade of high tech communications equipment at the County 9-1-1 Center, at the August 21st Freeholder meeting, even though the County has not received any monies from the state’s phone tax supported 9-1-1 fund for the last 12 years.

Freeholder John E. Lanza, the Board’s Public Safety liaison, stated at the meeting, “These upgrades are necessary to ensure our communication professionals are able to respond as efficiently as possible to any emergency call.”

Freeholder Lanza had recently joined Congressman Leonard Lance and Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, at the Hunterdon County Communications Center, as part of the pair’s effort to raise awareness that taxes dedicated to 9-1-1 systems are being diverted to other uses.

Mobile phone bills are taxed 90 cents per month specifically for 9-1-1 costs. In New Jersey that is $130 million per year.

Lanza said, “New Jersey provides no funding, despite the fact that the taxpayers fork over $130 million per year in phone taxes that are supposed to be exclusively used for 9-1-1 centers throughout the state.”

During the tour of the center, Congressman Lance noted that since 2004, New Jersey has diverted about $2 billion in fees charged to phone users putting the burden on property taxpayers for the costs of 9-1-1 centers. That is why he has sponsored federal legislation, “The 9-1-1 Fee Integrity Act,” to stop the practice.

Lanza said, “The Freeholders greatly appreciate Commissioner O’Rielly and Congressman Lance bringing their efforts to stop the diversion of funds to Hunterdon County and will do all we can to help gain approval of the legislation.”

The Freeholders awarded contracts through the state bid process for Radio Console Equipment to Zetron Inc. and for Radio Console Installation to PMC Associates of Hazlet, NJ.

Lanza pointed out, “Here in Hunterdon County, we know how important it is to maintain our 9-1-1 center at its highest possible level of effectiveness. We cannot wait for the state to correct its bad practices and will not shy away from making the necessary improvements. It is a lifesaving service.

Our County was the first in the state to offer county-wide 9-1-1 services and a central communications dispatch center back in 1976. We are proud of being first and proud of our team’s outstanding record of service to our public.”

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We participated in this drill as part of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force.


Hunterdon County (NJ) Technical Rescue Task Force Holds High Angle Rescue Drill (By Richard Maxwell, 1St Responder News Corespondent)

Franklin Twp, NJ – August 26, 2018 – At 8:00 am on Sunday morning, over 25 members of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force (HCTRTF) “gathered” at a working farm in the Quakertown section of the Township. They were all there to conduct a hands-on rescue drill, which lasted for over four hours.

The members knew that they were going there for a drill but did not know what it was going to consist of, nor what type of rescue they would be presented with. The apparatus staged off of the property and were “dispatched” to an elevator rescue on the farm.

The scenario that they were about to enter was set up for them by Assistant Chief Tom Hoffman, of the Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad.

The scene presented to the Task Force took place on a 100-foot-high grain elevator tower which is situated near the barns on the farm. A trespasser had come onto the private farm wanting to climb up the grain elevator, after almost making it to the top panic set in and he became too scared to climb down.

The owner of the farm and his son heard the person yelling for help. The farmer’s son, who climbs the tower regularly, decide to go up and help the person down. He donned his safety harness and fall protection, the climbed up to assist the trespasser down.

But, there is always a but, the farmer's son experienced a medical emergency on the way up the ladder. Falling off the ladder into his harness and stopped by the fall protection, he was unable to go up of down.

Rescue dummies were placed on the elevator at two different levels to simulate the two victims.

The Technical Rescue Task Force was dispatched to the scene for an “elevator rescue”. Apparatus and 1st responders arrived on the scene in a staggered manner, as they would in a real situation.

First on scene was Clinton Rescue Squad's Heavy Rescue 45-5, Rescue Lt. Chris Querry was met by the farmer who told him a brief, but flustered, version of the above story and that there were at least two people up on the elevator.

Clinton’s rig was followed shortly by Flemington - Raritan Rescue Squad's Heavy Rescue 49-5, then Whitehouse Rescue Squad's Heavy Rescue 22-5 and Lambertville Fire Company's Tower Ladder 17. Additional support vehicles and an EMS ambulance also arrived on location

After sizing up the situation, and realizing it was not your traditional elevator, rescuers donned their safety gear, ascended the tower to secure both patients and check for the possibility of other victims.

They built a rope system, called a skate block, made up of color coded ropes, pulleys, anchor points, harnesses, and other rescue equipment. Attaching components to the grain elevator and anchoring ropes to the front of a Heavy Rescue Truck.

Both victims/patients (dummies) were secured into rescue harnesses and then lowered to the ground one at a time, where EMS personnel could further attend to their needs.

Once all first responders were safely back on the ground and the equipment was stowed back on the apparatus, a debriefing session was held over lunch.

The Task Force would like to thank Tom Meyer, the owner of the farm, who was gracious enough to allow them to use his farmstead for this invaluable training.

The Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force (HCTRTF) is a specialized group of first responders who are trained and equipped to handle the more complicated and technical rescue situations that may arise in Hunterdon county and surrounding areas.

The agencies participating in the HCTRTF include the Whitehouse Rescue Squad (22 rescue), Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad (45 Rescue), Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad (49 Rescue), Lambertville Fire Department (Station 17), and the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management (Station 86).