The Kendall Park, Kingston and Monmouth Junction first aid squads need new members to continue serving the community.
As the troubled economy has left its imprint on countless residents and businesses, volunteer community groups have not been immune from the challenges the recession has created. All three of South Brunswick's volunteer rescue squads are faced with recruiting new members at a time when so many throughout the community are working longer hours to make ends meet. "We have people working two, sometimes three jobs, and it's difficult to find the time," said Monmouth Junction First Aid President Marty Haller. "We went to paid squads during the day because of the inability to get dedicated members during the day time. When I joined the squad we had daytime crews with help from stay-at-home moms and members of industry. We don't have that anymore…
New volunteers and donations are needed to aid the three rescue squads serving South Brunswick.
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- Davy James
Friday, September 21, 2012
On a cool autumn evening Wednesday, the Kendall Park First Aid and Rescue Squad unveiled much needed renovations to their facility on New Road, however the improvements underscored the fact that all three township EMS squads need help. The 100 percent volunteer Kendall Park, Monmouth Junction and Kingston first aid squads are facing difficulties recruiting new members to provide help when South Brunswick residents need it most. With new requirements from the state, EMS volunteers must take a training course costing between $1,200 to $1,500, up from the previous cost of $500, in addition to 200 to 300 hours of course time. "It's been difficult finding new people to join," said Marty Haller, of the Monmouth Junction First Aid squad. "The …