SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mayor Matthew Anesh has officially proclaimed May 20th through May 26th as Emergency Medical Services Week.  Encouraging South Plainfield residents to observe the week with programs, ceremonies and activities, Anesh emphasized the importance of honoring the service and dedication that EMS personnel provide for the community on a daily basis.

“Emergency Medical Services are a vital public service,” stated Anesh as he read the proclamation.  “The members of the Emergency Medical Services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day.”

Anesh noted the thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education that EMS personnel must engage in to enhance their lifesaving skills and how important it is to recognize this group of highly trained individuals who devote themselves to the community.

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“Thank you for your support,” said South Plainfield EMS Chief Edward Laferrera.  “As of Wednesday, we are at fifty volunteer members of the Rescue Squad.”

South Plainfield is among the few towns in New Jersey that has a thriving volunteer Rescue Squad.

“South Plainfield’s very unique because there is a huge call volume and, unfortunately, we cannot provide the volunteer service during the day, but at night, we are a huge organization based on the average towns around us,” said Laferrera.  “We pride ourselves on not receiving a salary and not charging the public.”

Reaching a milestone of now fifty members, the South Plainfield Rescue Squad is a dedicated group of individuals striving to help residents when they are injured or sick.

“I’ve been in Emergency Services for over twenty-five years,” said Laferrera.  “Some days are better then others, but the main goal is to help everybody as much as we can.”

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for everybody in EMS,”  added Anesh to Chief Laferrera.  “Thank you and all of the volunteers over the years for your dedication.”