The Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad Welcomes New Cadets

(above, l-r) Back row: Livi Quiroga, Megan Knecht, Megan Collins, Jessica Poulos, co-captain Zoe O’Halloran, Christopher Poulos, Bobby Matfes, cadet advisor Joe Plocinski; Front Row: Deana Rodrigues, Olivia Buchholz, Sophia Rocco, co-captain Kira Lu, Carla Arca-Sedda

Rescue Squad Welcomes New Cadets

Submitted by ToniAnn Gestone

The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) is very pleased to welcome our 2019-2020 Cadets.

BHVRS not only trains high school students (16-18 years old) in Emergency Medical Services, but allows them to respond to emergency calls. The Cadets are trained in CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross and American Heart Association and receive hands-on practical training at their mandatory monthly meetings and from their EMT crew members as well.

The Cadets volunteer three hours per week with assigned shifts and six hours each month on weekends. It’s definitely not for everyone, but these dedicated young women and men look forward to that anticipated emergency call, and the opportunity to put their training into action and help those who need medical attention.

The experience has transformed the lives of many Cadets. Some have gone on to become NJ certified EMTs and some continue to be involved with BHVRS while on college breaks. It’s immensely rewarding work, volunteers say.

The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad is staffed 100% by volunteers who live and work in the town. Squad crews respond to emergency calls 24 hours per day, seven days a week. In addition, the Squad responds to calls for assistance in surrounding towns when needed. The BHVRS is a tax-deductible organization and is funded almost exclusively through donations.

For more information on the squad or to volunteer with the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, visit our website or call 908-464-0013 or email Even if you don’t think you want to join BHVRS, come visit with us at our weekly Open House/Meet & Greets, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Bring the family and meet our members, have some refreshments and tour the ambulances!

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