NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence resident Howard Meyer, an emergency medical services (EMS) volunteer for more than forty years and veteran Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad member, has been selected to lead the 83-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council (NJSFAC).

“There are few things more fulfilling than helping others, whether they are neighbors or strangers,” Meyer said.  “EMS volunteers tend to see people at their most vulnerable times, and it’s rewarding to be able to help someone when they need it most.”

The Council represents more than 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with more than 300 volunteer first aid and rescue squads throughout New Jersey. Meyer will take his oath of office on January 13, 2013 at an installation ceremony at 10 a.m., Berkeley Plaza, 735 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ.

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In addition to 40 years with the Berkeley Heights squad, Meyer also is affiliated with the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps and has served with Quakertown Volunteer EMS.  During his service with the Roseland First Aid Squad, Meyer helped create the industrial squad at ADP, which provided daytime EMS assistance to the Roseland community.

Meyer has been an EMS instructor for much of his volunteer career, teaching EMT, Red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR, and Emergency Vehicle Operations.

Though Meyer’s volunteer EMS endeavors are time consuming, he has plenty of support at home. His wife, Sue, has been an EMS volunteer and instructor for 30 years and has served as the NJSFAC membership secretary for five years.

Meyer is retired from his career as a human resource and benefits consultant, and now works as a 911 dispatcher with the Summit Police Department.