Beach Haven First Aid Squad Sounds a Call for Volunteers 

Feb 13, 2019

February might still be winter, but spring isn’t too far ahead, and it won’t be long before businesses start their search for summer help. The Beach Haven First Aid Squad is no different, as extra support is needed when the calls increase five-fold during the very busy season.

Squad Capt. Jack Cassella said various first aid squads throughout the state will soon be contacted to find volunteers interested in helping out in June, July and August.

“The squad has some volunteers who are available when they come down on weekends or for an extended amount of time,” he said.

Cassella said the squad answers approximately 1,223 calls a year, with well more than half of those coming during the summer.

“So far this year, we’ve responded to more than 60 (calls),” he said.

The squad has a north station in Ship Bottom and a south station in Beach Haven. It is equipped with five rigs, two rescue trucks and a first-responder vehicle.

“We cover 10 of the Island’s 18 miles,” said Casella. “I have about 20 year-round members, but it’s a group of five that are very active and answer many of the calls. It is a problem that many first aid squads have. It’s true with fire companies, too. No one feels they have enough volunteers.”

He said prospective EMTs are required to do 220 hours of training; requirements for drivers and ambulance assistants differ. The only requirement for becoming a member is the minimum age of 16, and all necessary training for becoming a driver, ambulance assistant or EMT is offered and paid for by the squad. However, he said volunteers who are certified in first aid and CPR can go out on calls even if they have not finished their EMT training.

Cassella said people interested in joining the squad may call him at 609-618-7154, or call the Beach Haven (609-492-4222) or Ship Bottom (609-494-7204) station.

The squad recently installed officers for 2019: Anthony Orzo, president; Ken Perry, chairman of the board; Bill Gee, treasurer; Rose Perry, recording secretary; and Jim Vogel, sergeant at arms.

The following members were recognized for answering 100 or more calls, with Cassella credited with 386, followed by Ken Perry (349) and Orzo (314). Others cited were Robert Weidmann (249), Shirley Harris (241), Matt Letts (190), Kevin Manna (142), Jeffrey Kalczynski (112) and Kris Pulz (100). E.E.

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