SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Rescue Squad will see the addition of two new ambulances to its fleet in the coming weeks.
On June 17, borough officials handed over the keys to two brand new ambulances and, later that evening recognized the volunteer department for its 75 years of service to the community. The new ambulances will be put into service by early July and officially dedicated at the July 13 Touch a Truck event.
Approved by the borough council earlier this year, the new 2019 F350 Wheeled Coaches were purchased through Absolute Fire Protection of South Plainfield. Each one is estimated to cost $275,000 with the borough approving the purchase of both earlier this year for just around $330,000. The new ambulances will replace a 2000 ambulance damaged in an accident and a 2005 ambulance in need of repairs; the 2005 truck will be repurposed by the South Plainfield Police Department.
According to Ed Laferrera, chief of the volunteer-run Rescue Squad, the new ambulances are diesel and include a dump system, have high-visibility reflective decaling for safety, LED lighting inside and out and upgraded sirens, including a howler to get the attention of vehicles not moving out of its way.
The new ambulances are also geared toward improving patient and EMT safety with all seats equipped with a 5-point harness and the entire interior is now non-porous, making it easier to clean. Additionally, both rigs feature a liquid suspension system, which is designed to make getting a stretcher in and out easier.
“We have been working with the borough for about five years now and they kept telling me be patient and that they were working on it,” Laferrera told TAPinto South Plainfield. “It was a long process and we are thankful that the borough was able to secure the funding for us to go with two trucks instead of one,”
“We would like to thank Mayor [Matt] Anesh, the council, and the Public Safety Committee, which includes Councilman Rob Bengivenga, Joe Wolak, and Derryck White for working with us to get us where were are now,” added Laferrera.
“Our EMS is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and I think this is fantastic. If you think about all the volunteers and the hours they put in for free…It’s a lot of work,” said Councilman Wolak, who serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee, adding, “When I first became commissioner, I was told they were going to need trucks and here they are. They came to fruition.”
In a proclamation made at the June 17 meeting council meeting, Mayor Anesh, on behalf of himself and the council, congratulated the South Plainfield Rescue Squad on their 75th anniversary and extended ‘warmest best wishes for continued success with the many commendable services that they provide to our community.’
“Emergency medical services are vital part of public service…[and] the members of the South Plainfield Rescue Squad are always ready to provide lifesaving care to all those in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” stated Mayor Matt Anesh in his proclamation celebrating the rescue squad’s 75th anniversary.
“The South Plainfield Rescue Squad Team engage in many hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skillsand it is appropriate to recognize the value and accomplishments provided by the South Plainfield Rescue Squad for the past 75 years of continuous service to our community….”
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