MILLBURN, NJ – To fulfill a Webelos requirement on first aid, the scouts of Pack One in Short Hills spent a special Saturday morning with Squad Captain Melissa Campbell of the Millburn/Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad (MSHVFAS). For two-hours, the scouts learned what to do after an accident, what to do in hurry cases like bleeding as well as the basics of first aid. The highlight of the morning was getting into an ambulance and learning about the gear and tools used to save lives.
“We are very grateful to Melissa and the first aid squad for helping our scouts learn these valuable first aid lessons,” said Hetty Sym, den mother and scout organizer of the event. “ The kids really enjoyed themselves and learned something today about safety and what to do in emergencies. It was a unique experience! I learned quite a bit as well.”
Since 1958, the all-volunteer members of the first aid squad have been responding to life threatening calls and providing emergency care to Millburn and surrounding communities. Though none of the volunteers are paid, all squad members are professional in every way. They are all certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and must complete the full EMT courses and curriculum as well as recertify every three years to keep their credential up to date. The principal hospitals they use are Overlook Medical Center in Summit and St. Barnabas in Livingston.
The first aid squad responds to over 100 calls a month. In August 2018, they responded to 126 calls and in calendar year 2017 they responded to 1526. Neither the Township of Millburn nor residential property taxes financially support the first aid squad. The 24-hour operations are funded solely by donations from individuals and fundraising events throughout the year. As an emergency care provider in the township, the first aid squad is an invaluable asset whose volunteers deserve much recognition and support. The dedicated team of professionals remains ever vigilant and always prepared to serve the community.
After the scouts finished the morning lessons, they each received a “swag bag” with important first aid information and fun treats. As a way to thank the squad, the scouts’ parents made a collective donation to show their appreciation and support.
For more information about the Millburn/Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, please visit www.mshvfas.org.