BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The township has scheduled a “First Responders Appreciation Night” starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Liberty Corner Firehouse, 95 Church St., Basking Ridge. The ceremony is being held to "support, celebrate, honor, and thank our first responders for their service to our community," said Mayor Carol Bianchi.

The so-called "first responders," many of them volunteers in Bernards Township, are the first on the scene when disasters occur such as fires, car accidents or more unusual mishaps -- such as when a tree crashed into the bedroom of a home in Basking Ridge while Hurricane Sandy raged in 2012.

The township's first responders include: the Basking Ridge Fire Company; the Basking Ridge First Aid Squad; the Liberty Corner Fire Company; the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad; and the Bernards Township police department.

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The first four organizations are 100 percent staffed by volunteers and provide all emergency medical and fire response services for the township, Bianchi said.

"These organizations depend on monetary donations and volunteers to continue operating. They provide the most precious resources of all – time and energy," Bianchi said.

The mayor said the ceremony also will honor the professional men and women of the Bernards Township police department, who "will respond to any emergency 24/7 and are critical to serving and protecting our community."

Residents urged to donate to support volunteer organizations

Residents are being urged to donate to support the volunteer fire and first aid departments. Donations made to a local government are tax deductible.

To make a donation pledge, participants can email event coordinator Janice Fields at mrsfields@aol.com with a donation pledge. Checks should be payable to Bernards Township, and mail to Bernards Township, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

First responders also looking for volunteers

First responders are also reportedly looking for volunteers, with first aid squads especially in need of Emergency Medical Technicians and ambulance drivers.

For Basking Ridge First Aid, call (908) 766 9874 or email membership@brfco.com.
For Liberty Corner First Aid, call (908) 647-1145 or visit http://www.lcfas.org/contact