The Chatham Chinese Association (CCA), a not-for-profit organization which is comprised of nearly 300 residents in Chatham and surrounding communities, has donated $1,500 to the Chatham Emergency Squad to help in its efforts to provide pre-hospital care to residents in need, especially during a state of National Emergency.

“The Chinese Community within Chatham really stepped up and helped us where we needed it most,” Evan Skinner, President of the Chatham Emergency Squad, said.  “Their monetary donation is enhanced by the strength of their organization coming together for the greater good. Collectively, they unearthed valuable resources which will undoubtedly protect our members as we navigate patient care during these difficult times. Their contribution comes at a pivotal time and is greatly appreciated.”

In addition, CCA is donating approximately ten (10) N95 masks and fifty (50) KN95 masks, which aims to help keep the Squad’s members safe in carrying out its duties amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The KN95 masks, after careful review and consideration by the Captain and operations lieutenants of the Chatham Emergency Squad, have been deemed effective and consistent with N95 masks, which the Squad is currently using for protective measures when approaching patients in need.

“One of our members, Rong Liu, recently became certified as an EMT and is a member of the Chatham Emergency Squad; she brought this idea to our attention,” Yong Li, Vice President of The Chatham Chinese Association, said.  “The Chatham Emergency Squad does so much for our community. It’s our honor to help contribute during a time of need and give back to one of the most essential services we rely upon, in Chatham.”

The Chatham Emergency Squad welcomes residents to reach out to them, if they have any personal protective equipment (PPE) which may be of use to its members.  The best point of contact is to email SupplyCloset@ChathamEmergencySquad.org.  Alternatively, residents can contact them through our website at www.chathamemergencysquad.org or on Facebook @ChathamEmergencySquad.

About The Chatham Chinese Association

The Chatham Chinese Association is a non-for-profit organization established in 2019.  It currently has approximately 300 members and majority of its members are Chatham residents. Its mission is to enhance Chinese culture, promote culture diversity, and contribute to the local community by arranging educational, social, art, cultural, and recreational activities for both member families and the local community, and engaging in local community events.  For more information, please visit us on Facebook.

About The Chatham Emergency Squad

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer organization funded nearly exclusively by donations. In 2019 the Chatham Emergency Squad responded to 1246 emergency calls in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough and provided mutual aid to neighboring communities of New Vernon, Madison and Summit on occasion. Chatham Emergency Squad never charges for its services. The Squad provides stand-by support for community events, such as the Chatham Turkey Trot, Fishawack, and school athletic events. The Squad also provided free CPR training to more than 400 residents, teachers, coaches, school crossing guards and emergency personnel, including fire and police.  To learn more, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.chathamemergencysquad.org.