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Congratulations to our partners in the West!

Today is the official day that the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad and the High Bridge Emergency Squad merged to create South Branch Emergency Services, Inc.

We have worked closely with both professional organizations over the years, and look forward to their success!

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This past week three of our dedicated members graduated from high school. We would like to recognize them for their hard academic work, in addition to their service to the Rescue Squad.

- Laura Janes EMT: Graduated from Voorhees High School. In the fall she will be attending Florida Institute of Technology where she will be studying Physics

-Nick Sgrignoli EMT Student: Graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. In the fall he will be attending Arizona State University to study Nursing.

-Megan Heintz EMT: Graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. In the fall she will be attending The College of New Jersey where she will be studying Biology.

We would also like to recognize the following members who graduated from college:

-Meagan Kern EMT: graduated from The college of New Jersey with a bachelors degree in Biology. She will be continuing her education in the fall at the College of St. Elizabeth in the Physicians Assistant program.

-Maria Pansari EMT Student: Graduated from Quinniapac University with a Bachelors degree in Biology. She will be furthering her education in the medical field.

We are very proud of these dedicated individuals and are excited to see them excel in the future!

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We participated as part of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force in a drill involving rope training yesterday.

We are looking forward to continued in person exercises in the near future, as we were only able to conduct virtual training sessions for the past few months due to the pandemic.The Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force conducted a rope rescue training exercise today at Goat Hill Overlook in West Amwell Township. This is the first drill for the team in over three months due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. The HCTRTF is made up of personnel from Lambertville Fire Department, Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Clinton Rescue Squad, Flemington - Raritan Rescue Squad, Hunterdon County Emergency Management, and medical support from the doctors with the MD1 EMS Physician Program.
Today's drill simulated a rock climbing accident on the rugged terrain near the overlook. Two patients were located on the face of rocks, suspended by their harnesses. Personnel gained access to both patients, stabilized them, and then rigged rope rescue systems to raise them up to the simulated ledge. The patients were then moved up the steep slope to the trail where they were loaded aboard UTV's for transport to the parking area. About 35 personnel handled the warm / humid conditions, and the drill concluded around 1330 after lunch and a debriefing.

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In the early hours yesterday the squad responded with 4 BLS Ambulances to assist our township fire departments while they operated at a building fire.NBVFC assisted at a structure fire in the East Whitehouse section of Readington Twp last night. Rescue 49 operated as the RIT team and Engine49-8 took the backside of the structure and stretched a precautionary handline. The fire was quickly knocked down by first arriving crews. North Branch members operated and assisted in various roles for about 90 minutes before clearing the scene. ...

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In response to the generosity and support shown to the Whitehouse Rescue Squad during the pandemic, squad members contributed food and other items as a way to give back to the community. All donations went to Starfish, a local organization that helps Readington Township residents in need.

Board member Nancy Olds spearheaded this initiative.

Photo EMT Blau packaging food for delivery.

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