To the Editor:

To our Chatham Community:

We have a confession to make - the members of the Chatham Emergency Squad have been a little busy as of late. Covid-19 has not spared the Chathams. 

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We are proud that we have been able to provide the same level of rapid, safe and responsive care to all our patients, regardless of their reason for calling us and the challenges of this pandemic.

Our staff is well-trained and prepared for any emergency, as we have been for 84 years, but the pandemic has forced on us an enormous amount of new protocols which have required so much of our attention to adapt, implement and learn. Not surprisingly, this included a renewed emphasis on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is expensive. Our focus has been fixed on keeping our community - and ourselves – safe. Everything else, including our annual fund drive efforts, has taken a backseat.

But now, more than ever - we are asking for your financial support.  No amount is too small.

Our squad is made up entirely of volunteers, each of whom provides superior service and care to helping those in need.  We go through extensive training and preparation, which far exceeds the requirements by the State of New Jersey. Your contribution keeps us staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year and allows us to equip our crews with the best PPE, properly maintain our ambulances, train our members and much more. 

All contributions are 100% tax-deductible, and thanks to the CARES Act, contributions of $300 per taxpayer ($600 per married couple) are eligible for above-the-line adjustment, even if you don’t file the long-form or itemize your taxes, which reduces your annual gross income (AGI) taxes.

We promise to be there for you during your time of need; please be there for us during this time.  

Contributions can be made via check or online through a credit card or PayPal transaction at

Thank you,

Evan Skinner


Chatham Emergency Squad