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The Pennington First Aid Squad Logo

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20-Nov-2014
PFAS Announces Winter EMT Class

A winter EMT course has been scheduled to begin in January. Details and registration are available here.

7-Nov-2014
Pennington First Aid Squad Acquires Lucas 2 CPR Device

The Pennington First Aid recently received a state-of-the-art Lucas 2, CPR device, generously donated by Dr. Kirk and Mrs. Bonnie Schmitt, both longtime members of the squad. This mechanical device provides continuous chest compressions to a victim of cardiac arrest.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a physically and intellectually demanding activity requiring many first responders. Successful CPR depends on several simultaneous actions begun as soon as possible after the victim’s heart stops beating: Chest compressions, breathing assistance, automatic defibrillation and transport to the hospital. The Lucas 2 performs the mechanical chest compressions while the crew simultaneously provides oxygen and defibrillation. The device does not tire and can operate in confined spaces where manual CPR is awkward and potentially ineffective. It can also continue to give compressions when the patient is being moved for transport.

The Lucas 2 has a suction cup that rests on the victim’s chest and compresses at the appropriate rate, rhythm and depth to allow the heart to fill with blood between compressions. The machine pushes “hard and fast” for effective CPR compressions giving the victim the best chance of survival.

Throughout the years, a number of CPR saves have resulted from the combined efforts of first aid squads and local police. Their rate of success will no doubt improve with the addition of this mechanical device.

Pennington First Aid Squad Captain Jack Ferrara, President Daniel Boone, with Lucas 2 mechanical CPR device purchased with funds donated by Bonnie Schmitt and Dr Kirk Schmitt

Pennington First Aid Squad Captain Jack Ferrara, President Daniel Boone, with Lucas 2 mechanical CPR device purchased with funds donated by Dr. Kirk and Mrs. Bonnie Schmitt

29-May-2014
Letter of Appreciation for CPR save

A letter of appreciation was presented to Hopewell Township Police Sergeant Michael Cseremsak, Officer Robert Sparano, and Officer Louis Vastola, Pennington Police Officer Douglas Pinelli, Pennington First Aid Squad responding crew John Muccioli, Douglas Kabay, and Matthew Peck, and bystander Trauma Nurse Sean Varricchio for a CPR save in which the patient was subsequently released from the hospital. The letter was presented during the yearly EMS week ceremony in which the Hopewell Township Committee honors all Valley first responders. The complete text of the letter is available.

Officers for 2014

Top (left to right): Hopewell Township Deputy Mayor Allen Cannon, Pennington First Aid Squad EMT Douglas Kabay, and Hopewell Township Mayor Vanessa Sandom
Bottom (left to right): Hopewell Township Deputy Mayor Allen Cannon, Pennington First Aid Squad Assistant Captain John Muccioli, and Hopewell Township Mayor Vanessa Sandom

15-Jan-2014
Officers for PFAS for 2014

Officers for 2014

Back Row (left to right): Kirk Schmitt (Second Assistant Captain), Dan Walker (Trustee), Neal Blackwell (Trustee), Jack Ferrara (Captain), Thomas Tedd (Vice President), Jon Guerard (Trustee)
Front Row seated (left to right): Daniel Boone (President), Joan Schwarzwalder (Corresponding Secretary), June Guerard (Recording Secretary), John Muccioli (First Assistant Captain)
Not in group photo: Naomi McCarty (Treasurer)

21-Oct-2013
Julie Aberger Knights of Columbus Shield Award

We were pleased that the Knights of Columbus, Local 7103, gave their Annual Shield Award to PFAS member Julie Aberger this year. It was well deserved as Julie has contributed to EMS at the local and state level for many years. She has contributed as an EMT with the PFAS for 25 years, as a paramedic with Capital Health, as Director of the PFAS training center, as the editor of and a frequent writer for the Gold Cross, and as a member of the BLS subcommittee of the NJ EMS Council.

Julie Aberger receives Shield Award

Julie Aberger receives the Shield Award from Captain Kirk Schmitt at the 4th Annual Hopewell Valley Knights Of Columbus Shield Award Ceremony Oct 21, 2013

12-Oct-2013
PFAS Completes Generator Installation

It may not look like much, but those of us who suffered through no heat and little electricity during Sandy and its aftermath, are sure our new 20 kW generator and load manager will make a difference during the next big natural disaster. PFAS thanks the Pennington Fire Company for running extension cords to our building to keep us going after Sandy. The installation was done by Del Valley Properties, LLC and their electrical and plumbing subs Pinelli Electric, LLC and .

New generator

Un-assuming new generator sure to make a difference during next big storm.