BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Roshni Datta! Roshni has lived in Berkeley Heights since she was in the fifth grade, and she currently attends the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains, NJ. 

After being intrigued by the work of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and watching her father, a healthcare professional, work through the pandemic, she decided she wanted to do more for her local community and volunteer. To her, riding as a cadet on the rescue squad is the perfect way for her to give back to the community that she has grown up in, so she is so glad she saw an ad for the BHVRS in a local newspaper. Further, knowing that she is choosing to help her community as a first responder is deeply rewarding for Roshni.

As a rising junior in high school, Roshni enjoys learning science and different areas of the medical field, such as Medical Terminology. They have always been intriguing topics to her, and she hopes she can apply her knowledge in numerous capacities in the future. In her spare time, Roshni enjoys cooking, baking, dancing, and reading. At the Academy for Allied Health Sciences, she loves taking part in many of their clubs. Currently, she is involved in the Science Olympiad, Health Occupations Students of America – Future Health Professionals (HOSA- FHP), Math League, and Relay for Life.

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The BHVRS is so happy to have Roshni on the squad! Here is some more advice and information from Roshni:

1. What would you say to someone who wants to join the BHVRS but is nervous?

Everyone on the BHVRS is part of the squad “family” and will graciously accept you and take you under their wing. No one expects you to be perfect, so just try to absorb everything and learn as much as you can. The best thing to do is learn from your mistakes and grow!

2. Was it difficult to learn some of the life-savings skills required to ride on the ambulance?

Currently, the EMT class that I am enrolled in to further my life-saving Basic Life Support (BLS) skills is very intense but being able to ride on the ambulance and help patients makes it all worth it.

3. What was your most memorable moment on the squad so far?

My most memorable moment on the squad so far was my very first emergency call. It was intense, and I could feel adrenaline pumping through my body. However, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I knew my crew had my back. My crew members are all so helpful and caring. They always try to help and teach me in any way that they can, and they are all very understanding when I am unsure of what to do.

4. What surprised you most about being on the BHVRS?

I was most surprised by the enormous amount of information that one learns by being on the squad. I did not expect to learn so much! I love that I am learning skills that could potentially save someone’s life, and at the same time, I did not realize how exciting it all is!

5. What is the most rewarding aspect of being on the squad for you?

The most rewarding aspect of being on the squad is knowing that I am choosing to help my community in one of the best ways that I can and that I am truly impacting the lives of others.