Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad

Thank you to our partners at Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad for hosting this Hunterdon County Technical Task Force drill.

Last night, the Rescue Squad hosted a Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force drill focused on grain bin safety and rescue. With a number of working farms still active in and around Hunterdon County, the need for efficient rescue procedures for grain bin emergencies remains important. Additionally, many of the skills applicable for grain bins can be applied to similar storage vessels in industrial settings. The HCTRTF is an "all hazards" technical rescue team comprised of the Flemington - Raritan FARS, Clinton FARS, Whitehouse FARS, Lambertville FD, and Hunterdon County Emergency Management.

Rescue Squad Chief Tom Hoffman applied for a grant through the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety earlier this spring, and we were selected to receive both training and equipment. The NECAS brought a mobile grain bin simulator to our station from Iowa last night. After a classroom session from NECAS Director Dan Neenan and dinner provided by the Squad, all HCTRTF personnel went outside and had the opportunity to practice techniques using a grain shield and rescue auger to remove grain from around the patient. Personnel played the role of the engulfed patient, gaining an appreciation of how easy it is to become trapped in flowing grain. Personnel also used various cutting tools to practice cutting the metal sheets that make up a grain bin, in the event that product needs to be released in a rapid but controlled fashion to free a patient completely buried in the grain.

Over 100 bushels of wheat were provided by the Zeng Farm in Raritan Township for use in the grain bin simulator. Without their assistance, the training would not have been possible.

Upon completion of the training, the HCTRTF was given the grain shield system used in the program. It will be carried on a Clinton FARS rescue unit, available county-wide (and beyond) when needed through the HCTRTF.

The Training Never Ends!

Ex-Captain and life member Robert Mercer was a fixture in the Readington community before his retirement to Florida with his wife Judy.

We sadly share the news of his grandson’s passing, Collin, at age 13.

Collin fought a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob and his family.

https://www.devlinfh.com/obituary/collin-perrone

Obituary for Collin Perrone at Devlin Funeral Home

Looking for a way to help your community? We are actively looking for new volunteers! All of the training is 100% free. Please e-mail us at join@whitehouserescue.com with any inquiries or questions.

Happy to be out in Lebanon Borough celebrating our Nation’s Independence at their annual parade. Be sure to wave to our volunteers if you are at the parade!

Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center (HCESTC)

Glad to see progress on the new Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center!

Hunterdon County First Responders will receive state required training at an upgraded eight-acre County Emergency Services Training Complex, under a plan approved by Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board on July 2nd.

The long planned upgraded complex in Clinton Township, including a state of the art forty-foot live burn training tower, will replace the current facilities that are between forty and twenty-six years old and are at or past their useful lives. The $6.9 million in capital funding required for the project was approved by the Freeholder Board in a 2016 ordinance.

Freeholder Board Director Suzanne Lagay stated, “The development of the training complex has moved through many iterations. The County’s multidiscipline team and subject matter experts, working with the Fire and EMS Chief’s association and the training staff, have developed a cost-effective project that will expertly meet the needs of our volunteer fire fighters and first responders for years to come.”

Freeholder Board Deputy Director John E. Lanza, the Board’s Public Safety liaison said, “This improved training complex will ensure our volunteer firefighters and other first responders have the necessary training and skills to protect not only the safety of the public in Hunterdon County, but also their own safety and those of their comrades, when battling blazes.”

Freeholder Matt Holt pointed out, “The volunteer firefighters I know will tell you, nothing beats live practice to build teamwork and ensure safety at the scene of a fire or other emergency. And we recognize that volunteer Fire companies are hard pressed for resources, so the training opportunities are at no cost for County volunteers or their companies. Another example of the County’s commitment to shared services.”

The County’s Chief of Staff and Public Safety Director, George Wagner, told the Freeholders the training complex had 4500 registrants for 239 training programs in 2018, providing both Basic and Advanced Fire Fighter certifications required by the state Division of Fire Safety for volunteer Firefighters, in addition to other training and live practice activities.

Wagner stated, “The complex also provides training and exercises for numerous disciplines including; the HAZMAT team, Emergency Medical Services and all County volunteer rescue squads, law enforcement units throughout the County, the state Department of Corrections, the Sheriff’s Office and the SWAT team.”

The County’s architectural consultant for the project, Anthony Catana of Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., presented a schematic at the July 2nd meeting that outlines the proposed facilities and infrastructure improvements at the complex.

County Architect Frank Bell told the Freeholder Board that once there is Freeholder approval, the plans will be presented to the Clinton Township Planning Board. Bell noted that when the project is ready, public bids will be sought.

The upgraded training complex will include:

· a five-bay fire vehicle and equipment storage facility to house and protect the five County owned fire vehicles used for training and equipment,

· facilities for confined space and utility trench training,

· large concrete pads for extrication training and other intense real-life response activities, such as vehicle fire simulator and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) scenarios,

· a facility with classrooms equipped with audio visual and information technology infrastructure and instructor preparation areas,

· the 40-foot live burn tower structure

The architectural consultant advised that the complex should be ready for use in the spring of 2021.

Come visit the crews at the Readington summer spectacular at Summer Road park until 9pm!

Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Readington, NJ shared a post.

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This past weekend the squad covered EMS for the MARS Essex Horse trials in Far Hills. Members of the squad staffed an ambulance and our EMS gator for the entirety of the event.

Crews also got to enjoy the Tewksbury foot bassets that stopped in for a visit during the event!

Special thanks to Peapack-Gladstone First Aid and Rescue Squad for coming in to assist us on one of the incidents that required some more help.

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The members of Whitehouse Rescue Squad are very proud of the accomplishments of 3 of our members, who graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School yesterday. David Terese will be continuing his education and attending nursing school, and Oleksiy Kuyan and Chris Riva have both enlisted in the Army. We wish them all good luck and safe travels on their next adventures!