WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) recently donated some of its excess supplies to a fellow New Jersey volunteer EMT service in Woodstown after a devastating fire destroyed its building and six ambulances on Feb. 19.
Volunteer EMTs Bobby Dougher and Eric Taylor drove the supplies down to Woodstown last week. Some of the supplies WVRS donated included a variety of items such as bandaging supplies, decontamination wipes, head immobilization blocks, gloves and disposable splints.
"To me, the EMS community is all one big, extended family,” Taylor said. “From the very beginning, we have always been a family built upon a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ mentality. So when I heard about this devastating fire, I knew right away that I wanted to do something to help them.”
“The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad purchases supplies throughout the year and sometimes accrues a bit of excess supplies, some of which would expire before we ever had the chance to use it during emergencies,” said WVRS President David Sloan. “My goal was to help make sure they could continue their day-to-day operations during this interim period.”
As a non-profit organization, Woodstown relies heavily on donations to offset its cost of operations. As with the Westfield squad, its presence in the community provides vital EMS services without imposing additional tax burdens on residents.
“I would like to express our sincere thanks to Westfield for the donation,” said Joe Valentine, president of the American Legion Ambulance Association of Woodstown. “We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from squads across the country. It has really helped not just with restocking the supplies but with our overall morale. It’s hard to put in words how thankful we are for the support.”
Woodstown Rescue established a GoFundMe page for anyone who wishes to donate to the restoration.