The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) recently kicked off its yearly Fund Drive to raise capital for its operational needs. The WVRS accepted its annual Fund Drive Proclamation from Mayor Andy Skibitsky at the Westfield Town Council meeting on Feb. 23. Rescue Squad members Chief Stephen Becker, Deputy Chief Sergio Guzman, President David Ozga, Vice President David Sloan and Treasurer Lynn Feldman gratefully accepted the Proclamation, which declared March as Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad month.
Mr. Sloan, on behalf of the WVRS, thanked the Mayor and the town council and added that the rescue squad could not exist the way it does without the support and generosity of the townspeople and businesses who contribute financially. Residents of Westfield are mailed donation cards two to thre times a year to contribute to the rescue squad. This has allowed the WVRS to remain completely volunteer since its inception, Oct. 1, 1951.
The WVRS also acknowledged that they recruit volunteers year round and anyone interested in giving of their time should visit them at 335 Watterson Street. All EMS volunteers 17 and up have the opportunity to receive free CPR and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, contingent upon 12 weeks as an active probationary member. Volunteers 16 and up can also be trained as dispatchers for the rescue squad, answering calls and dispatching EMS crews. These volunteers respond to medical emergencies in the town of Westfield every single hour of every single day of the year.
For more information on the WVRS and how to become a volunteer, please visit www.westfieldrescuesquad.org or call 908-233-2500.