SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Fire Department and Sparta Ambulance Squad conducted a joint Multi-Patient Drill. The exercise took place on Saturday, Sept 26 at the township’s Department of Public Works.
The drill simulated an accident being caused by a diabetic patient losing consciousness and crashing into another vehicle that rolled onto its side, involving six patients. The Fire Department and Ambulance Squad personnel had to assess, extricate and bring all six patients to a mock hospital that had been set up in front of the DPW.
For safety purposes, manikins were used to simulate the most heavily entrapped patients.
Brad Erickson, Lieutenant of the Squad said that it took about 30 to 35 minutes to assess and remove all patients from the scene. "Both the Fire Department and Ambulance Squad performed better than we expected."
The Sparta Ambulance Squad is comprised of part time paid personnel and part time volunteers. The volunteers cover the township from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the week and 6a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends
Volunteer for the squad must be between 16 and 18 years-old for the cadet program. For regular membership the minimum age requirement is 18.
The squad has 25 cadets and 20 regular members.
The squad accepts members for EMT, Driver and Associate Statu. New members are always welcome. Information on joining the squad or an application.