CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is seeking new volunteers to become members of their team, especially young people and students.
“I can’t think of anything that’s more important than what we do,” said Alan Chadrjian, an EMT and Driver with the Rescue Squad. “This is a place where you can meet people, and learn things that will serve you for the rest of your life.”
Volunteers must be over the age of 16 and reside in Cedar Grove or a neighboring town. Students can earn community service hours as required by Cedar Grove High School and other local Boards of Education. All training is provided free of charge to anyone who becomes a member of the squad.
“For the rescue squad to keep going, the young people are the future,” said Kenny Clark, a Rescue Squad Driver. “If we can get them interested early and they stay, we’re just going to get stronger and stronger and keep providing this service for our residents.”
The Rescue Squad was started in Cedar Grove in 1938. Today, the squad has over 60 members that handle 1,600 calls a year. The service is provided free of charge and no resident ever receives a bill from the Rescue Squad.
“If you enjoy helping others,” said student volunteer Francesca Catrone, “and if you possibly want to go into medicine or the medical field, it’s a great way to get involved and see all these things firsthand.”
“I think they can gain a lot of confidence in their abilities because now they’re doing stuff that they see on TV that these adults are doing,” said Clark. “And they’re doing it.”
“I learn something new every call and that’s the amazing thing, you keep growing from this,” said student volunteer Jaselin Rodriguez. “The only component you need to join and be a volunteer in the Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is a passion to help others.”
For more information about the Ambulance & Rescue Squad, and to learn more about volunteering as a member of the team, visit www.cedargroverescue.org.