WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s volunteer rescue squad responded to 2,136 calls within the municipality in 2018, transporting 1,175 patients to area hospitals, its president said.

Squad members were dispatched to help with fallen persons, provide aid for people with breathing problems and assist at motor vehicle crashes, said Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad President David Sloan.

Earlier this month, the municipal government honored the squad with a proclamation as the nonprofit starts its annual fund drive.

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“The town of Westfield benefits each and every day from the knowledge, skills and efforts of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said.

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When a volunteer ambulance responds to a call, the patient is not billed for services, which patients would otherwise have to pay for if a private ambulance or Union County Emergency Medical Services were called.

Sloan said the squad has 41 full member EMTs and 20 volunteer dispatchers. He noted the squad’s annual fund drive is this month, and the squad is accepting volunteer dispatchers and EMTs.

“We would not survive without your contributions,” Sloan said.

To learn more about volunteering for the squad or donating, visit its website or call the non-emergency number 908-233-2500.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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