A winter EMT course has been scheduled to begin in January. Details and registration are available here.
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 Dr. Kirk and Mrs. Bonnie Schmitt
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.
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
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)
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