WESTFIELD, NJ — March is Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad month thanks to a proclamation read by Mayor Andy Skibitsky at last week’s town council meeting.

The squad, which is holding its annual fund drive, is a wholly volunteer emergency medical service on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the proclamation. Skibitsky read that, in 2015, members volunteered more than 35,000 hours of service and answered 2,215 calls.

The WVRS relies on donations to operate. This year, in addition to its usual expenses, it will need to raise about $50,000 to purchase digital radios that will work with the radios the town is obtaining for the police and fire departments, Skibitsky said.

To learn more, visit www.westfieldrescuesquad.org