SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In a proclamation at Tuesday's township committee meeting, the week of May 19 was declared as Emergency Medical Services Week in Springfield.

As the proclamation read by Springfield Deputy Mayor Chris Capodice noted, the members of the town's First Aid Squad (FAS) are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, the proclamation said that the FAS provides quality medical care, which improves the survival odds of people stricken with a sudden injury or illness.

He then presented Fritzen with the proclamation, after which she stepped to the microphone and offered a few words of thanks to those assembled at the committee meeting.

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Speaking with TAPinto Springfield after the meeting, Fritzen said that the proclamation for the service provided by the FAS is a good thing for the members to see.

"It's very important for us to be recognized," Fritzen said. "All of our members as you see here tonight are all volunteers, so giving up of their time and the immense training involved besides the hours that they're on duty so it's a tremendous thing for us to be recognized."

"It's our seventieth year, which is special, and a lot of squads in the area don't survive 70 years. And we have," Fritzen added. "We're providing 24 hour, seven day a week emergency care for residents of Springfield and those that pass through our borders, so we're really thankful that we're recognized here tonight."