This year, National EMS Week is being held from May 17 through the 23. Instituted in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, it’s a time to recognize and celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.

Due to COVID-19, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad cannot hold any of the special events it had planned this week, but hopefully they can be done at a later date. In its 83rd year of service, this life-saving organization’s volunteers are proud to be here for the community of Scotch Plains and surrounding towns, handling all types of emergency calls.

Squad members are thankful for the continuous financial support of the community, which has made it possible to carry out its mission of caring for its neighbors since 1937. Recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, residents and business owners have also shown their gratitude by delivering meals to the EMTs on duty. This outpouring of appreciation has made a meaningful impact on all those serving.

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The all-volunteer Scotch Plains Rescue Squad also welcomes new members to assist with calls, as well as standbys at high school football games, the summer concerts on the Village Green, Scotch Plains Day, and other community events. In addition, squad members provide demonstrations for Boy and Girl Scout troops, clubs, and any other groups that may be interested in learning about what the squad does.

Please feel free to contact the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad regarding donating or volunteering at scotchplainsrescuesquad@gmail.com or (908) 322-2103 (for non-emergencies).

Contributing author Susan Baldani is a life member of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad.