May Member Spotlight

As the Squad rounds out May, we would like to spotlight a relatively new volunteer to our agency who brings with him plenty of experience, Stephen Indoe. Steve joined FRFARS when he moved to the Flemington area with his family in August of 2019. He has also volunteered with Pequannock First Aid & Rescue Squad and Pequannock Township Fire Company 2, amassing over 14 years of experience as an EMT and over 12 years of experience as a firefighter. Steve is very passionate about EMS and firefighting and is pleased to share his skills and experience with his new community as a member of the Squad.

Steve attended Ramapo College of New Jersey where he studied Law and Society before going on to work for the New Jersey Department of Corrections where he is currently a Senior Correctional Police Officer. He worked in Hunterdon County at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility for four years and is now assigned to the Central Transportation Unit.

When Steve is not volunteering with the Squad or working, he spends time with his wife Ellen (herself, a former volunteer EMT at FRFARS) and his three children, Melodie (6), Caroline (2) and Austin (8 months). As a die hard Yankees Fan, Steve looks forward to bringing each of his three children to their first Yankees game. He also enjoys reading, cooking, and outdoor activities.

Never one to stop learning, Steve is enrolled in several upcoming rescue courses to broaden his skill sets and to participate in some of the specialized services that the Squad offers to the community. He is also part of the Squad’s Capital Campaign Committee, which is currently working to raise funds for the construction of our new headquarters on Royal Road.

To those considering joining the Squad, Steve says, “I encourage anyone who has an interest in the medical field or is looking for a way to give back to the community to join FRFARS. Although most people are very busy these days it is hard to find the time to volunteer, serving your community as a volunteer EMT is very rewarding. Upon joining FRFARS, I was immediately welcomed by the membership and felt like part of a family. I am confident that any new member interested in joining will have the same positive experience.”

April Member Spotlight

As the COVID-19 situation enters its second month of pandemic status in the United States, the Squad’s day-to-day operations continue and evolve under the leadership of our Chief, Tom Hoffman.A life-long Hunterdon County resident, Chief Hoffman started his work in emergency services nearly 40 years ago in Tewksbury Township. He graduated Voorhees High School before furthering his emergency services education studying Fire Science at Texas A&M University and Paramedicine at Hahnemann University. Additionally, he holds a degree in business from LaSalle University.

In 1988, Chief Hoffman moved to Raritan Township, joining our agency in 1989 where he met Karen Grimm. He and Karen soon married and started their family in the area, raising twins Travis and KC, now adults in their late 20s. Karen, Travis, and KC have all been members of the Squad. While KC now lives out of state, Karen and Travis remain active.

Chief Hoffman currently works full time with Hunterdon Medical Center as an EMS Educator and an MICU Paramedic. He is also an instructor at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center where he teaches advanced courses. He serves as a Rescue Squad Officer for New Jersey Task Force 1, one of only 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams in the nation. He has deployed with NJTF-1 as both a Medical Specialist and Rescue Specialist during numerous large-scale disasters. In 2015, he served on the team developing Hunterdon County’s response to the EBOLA virus outbreak.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chief Hoffman has been in daily contact with other medical, health, scientific, and emergency services experts, collaborating to ensure the best possible practices are followed by the Squad. Procedures have been implemented and continuously refined to provide our responders, patients, and communities with the absolute safest and best emergency medical service possible.

Chief Hoffman never fails to let members know that it is their dedication and professionalism that makes the Squad’s ongoing pandemic response successful. While this year has brought unprecedented challenges, our Squad and Community benefit from having Chief Hoffman at the helm to guide us through these uncharted waters. As he always reminds his crews, “This is not a time to panic, we will get through this together.”

Photo: Chief Tom Hoffman (right) with his son, Lieutenant Travis Hoffman (left).

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