Dear Berkeley Heights Neighbors:

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits. On behalf of the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS), I want to thank the community for their outpouring of support and kindness. Our EMTs and partner first responders are truly grateful, and we are proud to serve this very special town we call home.

While many volunteer squads are struggling to get ambulances out the door, the BHVRS has continued to provide 100% coverage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus has been fixed on keeping our community—and ourselves —safe. We have needed extensive training, preparation, and supplies that exceed the typical requirements from the State of New Jersey.

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The outbreak has put an enormous strain on our resources. To keep our members and their families safe, we have had to purchase large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is being sold at inflated costs due to high demand. We have also had to obtain specialized decontamination equipment including a fogger and UV light that helps eradicate germs from our ambulance and medical equipment.

None of these costs were built into our budget. The BHVRS is run entirely by volunteers and relies primarily on generous donations from the community. It took the squad over 15 years of fundraising to replace our old ambulances. With the financial cost of the pandemic, future capital expenses such as new ambulances may be extensively deferred unless additional fundraising is successful.

Now, more than ever, we need your support. We know times are tough, and many of us have added financial pressures. Any amount—no matter how small—helps us continue to be there for you and your loved ones. All donations are 100% tax deductible. For more information, visit our donation page (http://bhvrs.org/?page_id=16). Be on the lookout for our annual fund drive or make a gift directly to the BHVRS right now via PayPal:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/…

Thank you for your consideration.

Joe Savino
President
Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad