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Volunteer N.J. EMT Team Considers Paid Calls

first_imgAt the squad s home on North Avenue, the members maintain two ambulances for the approximately 300 calls they receive each year, Connolly said. The squad responds to emergencies every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. At the time, more people were moving from cities to suburbs like Dunellen and local residents saw the need for the squad, Andrecovich said. The squad s membership recently dwindled to 20 people — a number that Connolly said stretches its resources too thin at times. Without additional volunteers for driver and emergency medical technician, or EMT, positions, the squad may have to contract to fill times when volunteers are unavailable, said Elaine Andrecovich, the group s spokeswoman. But that tradition could be in danger after the organization experienced a sharp drop in membership and now is considering charging for calls to generate revenue for paid positions within the squad. Dunellen residents may have to pay $400 to $1,600 for each ambulance call, Connolly said. The organization operates on a shoestring budget funded by an annual donation drive and a monetary gift from the town, she said. The squad was started in April 1933 by members of the local fire department and the first meeting attracted 13 people who immediately began responding to calls, said Andrecovich. Connolly said the squad needs at least two EMTs on the ambulance rig for each call. Training to become a certified EMT takes approximately 120 hours, said Connolly, who has been an EMT for seven years and works for the squad from 12 to 20 hours a week. I don t think people know it doesn t take a lot of time to contribute, she said.center_img The squad is still looking for additional members to avoid the move to paid services, Connolly said. Candidates should be at least 14 years old and ideally live near the squad s headquarters, she said. Teens are ranked as cadets and move up in responsibility and position as they gain more experience and training. The current members hope to keep the tradition of the squad alive. NEWARK, N.J.– For decades, the volunteers at the Dunellen Rescue Squad have helped save countless lives in the small borough — all free of charge. In its first year, the fledgling group reported to 37 emergencies in Dunellen and surrounding towns. A year later, the squad was the only rescue organization that saved people from the luxury liner S.S. Morro Castle, which burst into flames and killed more than 100 passengers, Andrecovich said. Towns nearby did not have EMTs. People take for granted that the service will be provided, said Susan Connolly, the squad president. I get personal satisfaction from helping people, Connolly said. You are always helping somebody. For more information on the Dunellen Rescue Squad, visit www.dunellen.com/rescuesquad.html. Sharon Adarlo may be reached at [email protected] or (732) 404-8081.last_img read more

Alex Kozan ‘possible’ for full contact after spring break

first_imgAUBURN — Alex Kozan is clearly back in the mix for his old starting job at left guard, having been with the first-team offense for the last week.However his offseason back injury still has Kozan limited during the contact periods, though that may change in a couple of weeks.“It is possible,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “We’re going to wait until we get back from spring break. He’s going to be reevaluated, but it is a possibility.”A freshman All-American, Kozan was expected to be a stalwart up front against last season before needing surgery. Auburn has not yet applied for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for Kozan to be granted an additional year of eligibility, though that is expected after spring.“Just his presence out there, even though he’s not doing the physical stuff, he’s doing everything else and running well,” Malzahn said. “It’s good to have him out there.”Devonte Danzey, who took over the starting job at left guard last season, has been working with the first and second team.last_img read more