NUTLEY, NJ - As COVID-19 hit Nutley with 72 confirmed cases as of Sunday afternoon, and more expected as the peak is not expected to hit our region for about another two weeks, Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad is running low on supplies and requests residents for help and to do their part.
Jonathan Arredondo, president and CEO of NVERS, said they are receiving a slightly higher call volume. “We are hoping that residents are following all precautions and following the [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] recommendations to stay home,” he said.
His team of 50 volunteers has increased some since the Coronavirus pandemic hit New Jersey. Former members have decided to volunteer again to support the operations during this time of need.
Arredondo has added more people to all units with further training and extra supervisors are on the road and available. “[We are holding] additional conference calls to keep everyone apprised of the rapidly changing situation,” he said.
The rescue squad is however running low on supplies. “We are low and in the same shape as all the other agencies in the state. We are good today and for the foreseeable future but are constantly adding more supplies such as gowns, gloves, masks, cleaning supplies as they become available,” he said.
NVERS is requesting residents to donate supplies as they are able to do so. Items such as N95 masks, regular masks, eye protectors, sterile gowns and surgical gloves as well as monetary donations would be helpful.
Arredondo’s advice is to residents is to stay indoors. “Don't go to mass gatherings. Help flatten the curve. We need to protect our crews so that they will be able to continue to meet the emergency needs of the community. Elsewhere, there have been entire EMS companies quarantined. Those first responders are now unavailable to help anyone for at least 14 days. In our department, being a volunteer organization, we do not want to have to take it home to our families. These are people who have other jobs, these are people who don’t get paid to respond. They have trained, and they are certified, and they show up at your house when you or your loved one needs help. They’re putting themselves at risk to help others,” he said.
“For those that can financially afford to, donations would be helpful as this crisis will cause us to spend more on supplies and increase some of our paid staffing coverage due to projected call volume. We have received tremendous support from our residents lately and we greatly appreciate it. We are always looking for volunteers who wish to be a part of our organization,” he said.
To make a donation, visit nutleyrescue.org/donations or send a check to Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, 119 Chestnut St., Nutley, NJ 07110.
NVERS is also requesting food donations for the squad house. If local businesses would like to reach out to donate food or any other supplies that are needed email Arredondo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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