The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Elizabeth Ni! Elizabeth Ni lives in Berkeley Heights, and she currently attends the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains, NJ. 

After seeing the impact healthcare professionals had on patients, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided she wanted to volunteer in her community and dedicate her knowledge and skills to a worthwhile cause. To her, riding is a profession where, regardless of background, she can help those in Berkeley Heights get the emergency treatment that they need. Being able to touch the lives of others and helping them through what can be a very difficult and challenging experience is deeply rewarding for Elizabeth.

As a rising junior in high school, Elizabeth enjoys mathematics and science. They have always been fascinating subjects to her, and she hopes she can apply her passion for mathematics and science to research and healthcare practices in the future. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, bake, and watch Netflix.

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

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

As a new member myself, the squad has been absolutely welcoming and supportive! I was incredibly nervous on my first shift, but my crew was very patient and friendly. After having a somewhat traumatic first call, many members of the squad reached out to me and gave me valuable advice. I have seen the kind and supportive environment the squad fosters firsthand!

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

It takes some practice and patience, but the effort put in is worth it to make someone’s day better.

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

After getting three uncommon calls across my first two shifts, I have been able to see the impact of high-quality pre-hospital care, and how much it can do for a patient. I have been lucky to work with such qualified, experienced, and kind crew members who have taught me a lot about riding. I look forward to my weekly shifts with them!

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

The care that goes into maintaining the ambulances! Everything must be carefully cleaned and organized, with weekly “rig” (ambulance) checks. Even after a call, the amount of cleaning that goes into cleaning and disinfecting was something I was completely unaware of.

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

The most rewarding aspect of being on the squad is being able to know that I made a difference in what can be a difficult and life-altering event. The first contact patients have is often with the EMS, so having the honor of helping others and potentially improving their quality of life is the most rewarding aspect of being on the squad.

BHVRS is always looking for volunteers – our cadet program is full at this time but if you’re interested in becoming an EMT or already are please contact us at 908-464-0013 or email Membership@bhvrs.org.