We held our annual Member Appreciation Dinner last evening to honor and thank our members who work hard and dedicate so much time to our organization and the community.

Several awards were given out including:

Member of the Year, Abby Terese
Top Responder, Mike Pikulin
Years of Service, Asst. Chief George Liothake, Laurene Fleming, Lance Booth, Louise Russo, Barbara Gregory, Larry Lelah, Dan Campbell, Dave Giuliani

Special awards were given to President Bob Rainey for his dedicated service and Chief Jeff Herzog for his 25th anniversary with the Squad.

Crews operated multiple incidents on Interstate 78 this morning in wintry conditions.

We responded today into Tewksbury Twp. to a house fire with multiple area fire departments. Excellent job by all who quickly suppressed the fire.

Several pets were rescued from the residence and we resuscitated a cat successfully which was then taken to a local veterinary office for further treatment. We carry a variety of equipment which is used to treat animals.

Outstanding work by our local fire departments.

At 3:20 AM, the Whitehouse Fire Company, East Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department and Oldwick Fire Company were dispatched for box 22-80 at The Ryland Inn for a smell of smoke in the main building, no fire visible.
Following Chief 22, who established Command, Engine 22-1 was first arriving apparatus. Upon arrival, Chief 22 was advised by patrol there was smoke in the basement. Command upgraded the call to a level 3, adding North Branch Fire Company, Readington Volunteer Fire Company and Lebanon Borough Fire Company with Raritan Township Fire Company for their RIT team and Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Readington, NJ provided support at the scene.
Two 1-3/4 hose lines were advanced. Fire was located in a crawl space and extinguished. Cause of the fire appeared to be a discarded cigarette in the mulch bed that spread into the crawl space.
The main building suffered minor damage. Units were up and available at the 90 minute mark.
Great teamwork by all companies involved.

It’s not often we get called out to rescue a bird. Today was a different story.

A call came in from a resident who was concerned that a heron was caught in fishing line in the river near Lake Cushetunk, across from the playground.

We assisted the Readington patrol units with removing the bird from the entanglement in the river and cut away the fishing line.

The bird was safely turned over to wildlife authorities for examination and treatment.

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Responding with our neighbors Whitehouse Fire Company

The Whitehouse Fire Company was dispatched this evening at 2005 hours to the Ryland Inn for a reported vehicle fire. Chief 22 responded shortly after and found a pickup truck towing a vehicle that was fully involved in front of TD Bank on Route 22 westbound. Shortly after dispatch, Engine 22-1 responded with a crew of 4, followed by Engine 22-2. Readington PD shut down 22 west allowing all responding fire units to utilize the fire lane cross over to approach the scene in the eastbound lanes. Crews from Engine 22-1 stretched a line from Engine 31 and extinguished the fire and prevented extension to the tow truck.. All units cleared up at 2050 hours. Great work by all responding companies. Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Readington, NJ East Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department

We responded to an incident today where the patient required transport to the trauma center by helicopter.

Thanks to the Readington Volunteer Fire Company for assisting us at the Hillcrest Park landing zone.

Today Readington Fire assisted Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Readington, NJ with a Landing Zone at Hillcrest park for an incident on Columbine rd. Squad 32 responded to establish the LZ for NorthSTAR Air Medical Helicopter. Patient was turned over to NorthStar by BLS/ALS and transported to University Hospital Newark.

Did you know that you can join the Whitehouse Rescue Squad without any Emergency Services experience? We offer a unique, successful mentoring program that pairs brand new members with experienced senior EMTs that are particularly skilled in training those with little-no experience and orienting them to both the organization and the field of EMS. If you’re age 16 or older, you can help make a difference in your community today.

Questions? Give us a call, stop by our station, or email our Onboarding Coordinator, Tim VanDeursen, at tvandeursen@whitehouserescue.com

Ready to join? Find our application at http://whitehouserescue.com/