February Member Spotlight

With today being Valentine’s Day, this month’s Member Spotlight highlights two of our volunteers brought together by the Rescue Squad. EMS Captain Justin Dorflinger and his wife, EMT Lisa Dorflinger met first through mutual friends, but it was their service at the Rescue Squad which began their relationship. 

Justin started his career at the Raritan Township Fire Company and later joined the Squad, seeking more experience in the medical field. After the passing of a community member, Lisa felt inspired to join the Squad and learn how to help others. In addition to shaping their relationship, Justin and Lisa’s service at the Squad has shaped much of their careers. Lisa is currently a registered nurse specializing in women’s health services, while Justin works as a Firefighter and EMT while attending paramedic school.

In their free time, Justin and Lisa enjoy spending time with their family and exploring the outdoors. While serving at the Rescue Squad they have fallen in love not only with each other, but with the experience of helping their community. 

 

Anyone interested in joining the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad should visit our website at http://www.frfars.org 

September Member Spotlight

September’s member spotlight features EMT Randy Mabie. Randy joined the Squad as a certified EMT in 2013 while simultaneously volunteering for another EMS organization. Like many of our members, Randy was drawn to FRFARS due to the high call volume which provides our EMTs with opportunity to keep their skills sharp while helping others. Six years on, FRFARS proved to be a good fit for Randy who enjoys a good challenge, likes to learn, and enjoys motivating others.
Like many of our members who began EMS as adults, Randy works full-time outside of the emergency services community. He currently works for a firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions helping to transform business and technology processes. When not working or volunteering his time as an EMT, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife of 28 years, Hannah, and their two college-age children. The whole family enjoys outdoor activities, including camping, running, and mountain biking. Randy is also a US Air Force veteran.

To other working adults considering volunteering with the Squad, Randy has a simple piece of advice: “Do it. It feels great to give back and work with a professional team. We have flexible hours and will work around your job.”

JOB POSTING

Emergency Medical Technician – Per-Diem

Posting Open until positions filled

JOB SUMMARY:

An EMT responsible for completing a 2 person BLS crew that will respond to 911 calls for service, provide appropriate patient care, and complete electronic patient care reports for each incident.  In addition, the crew may be asked to participate in stand-bys, public events, and public outreach programs during an assigned shift.  The individual will also be responsible for completing daily house duties and other tasks deemed necessary and assigned by the Chief, President, Operations Supervisor, and/or Deputy Operations Supervisor.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 1 Year Experience as a certified New Jersey or National Registry EMT
  • Valid Driver’s License with clean driving record
  • At least 19 Years of Age
  • Ability to operate as part of a 2-person crew including patient movement / lifting
  • Minimum 48 hours per month availability with varied hours to include days, nights, and weekends
  • Technology proficient

MANDATORY CERTIFICATIONS:

  • New Jersey or National Registry EMT-B
  • CPR for Professional Rescuer
  • Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO)
  • Incident Command 100 & 200 (ICS-100 & 200)
  • National Incident Management System 700 (NIMS 700)
  • Blood Borne Pathogens within the past year

PERFERRED CERTIFICATIONS:

  • NFPA compliant awareness, operations, or technician level rescue classes
  • NJ Firefighter I & II
  • Advanced Incident Command Courses
  • EMS Response to Large Scale Incidents
  • CBRNE Ops
  • WMD Awareness
  • PHTLS, PEPP, GEMS or equivalent courses

SALARY:

Starting rate of $14.00-$15.00/hr based on certifications and experience with an increase of $0.50/hr after completion of 90-day probationary period.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

For inquires, or to apply for this position, please submit a detailed resume and cover letter via email to employment@frfars.org

August Member Spotlight

This month’s member spotlight is Alexa Carten. Alexa is one of our newer members joining us in January 2019 after earning her Emergency Medical Technician Certification in 2017. Alexa got involved with EMS her sophomore year of college, fell in love with it, and joined our agency due to our high call volume and opportunity to make an impact. This summer, Alexa has donated more hours than any other EMT in our organization, a total of 257 during the summer months. This averages out to over 85 hours per month, more than three times the 24 hour per month volunteer requirement. During these hours, Alexa provided 911 emergency response to over 85 incidents in our community.

Alexa recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Therapy. She is currently pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant and is currently evaluating programs. When Alexa is not spending her time here, she can be found hiking and kayaking. When we ask her friends or family to describe Alexa in a few works, the more common answers are, hardworking, compassionate and helpful.

If you see Alexa on our trucks or around town, be sure to say hello.

Per-Diem Emergency Medical Technician

The Flemington Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad is currently accepting Application for Per-Diem Emergency Medical Technicians. Detail are listed below.

Resume and Cover Letter should be sent via email to employment@frfars.org

National Volunteer Week

As part of National Volunteer Week we would like to take a moment to recognize all the Squad’s volunteers, without whom we would not be able to provide all the services that we offer to our community. In 2018 our members volunteered over 13,400 hours of duty time. Those hours do not include all of the training and drill hours our volunteers put in to stay proficient in their skills. As of April 1st we are proud to say we are on track to exceed 2018’s volunteer hours in 2019.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by Points of Light and has grown exponentially each year. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.

If you are interested in joining our team, please feel free to visit our website; www.frfars.org/joinnow

Attention local residents and business owners:


We need your help! There are still spaces available to participate in our Focus Group session. The Focus Group will be held on Thursday, March 28th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Rescue Squad building. Come share insights, ideas, and strategies to help your local Emergency Medical Services and Rescue Services provider as we continue to work towards making our new headquarters a reality. This invitation is NOT a solicitation for donations and there is no financial obligation to participate. Please sign up using the link below. We hope to meet you on Thursday.

Clean Trucks

What does the crew do when the weather is nice? They start with cleaning the winter salt and grime off the ambulances and heavy rescue!

Are you interested in joining our team? We are always looking for new volunteers. Visit www.frfars.org/joinnow to fill out our application.

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Units Respond to Two Alarm Fire

On Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 0031 Hours, the Flemington – Raritan Rescue Squad responded with the Raritan Township Fire Company and numerous other agencies to Becks Blvd near Neshanic Drive in Raritan Township for a possible structure fire. The caller was reporting a couch on fire. Raritan Township Police Officers Brett Szatkowski, Adam Swiatek, and Robert Schenck arrived on scene a few minutes later and confirmed a working structure fire, with fire venting from the right side of the home, and possible entrapment. The officers forced their way into the home and found an elderly subject on a burning couch. They quickly grabbed the subject and moved her to a window. She was passed out the window to safety. A second subject was found with smoke inhalation.

The Rescue Squad responded with BLS Ambulances 4954 and 4953, Heavy Rescue 495 and Technical Rescue 495. Mutual aid ambulances were requested from Amwell Valley Ambulance Corps, Lambertville – New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, and Whitehouse First Aid and Rescue Squad. Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad responded with an ambulance and REHAB 455.

On arrival, the crew of BLS 4954 immediately began to aid the elderly subject. The patrol officers radioed the ambulance to pull into the driveway to receive the patients. Once aboard, the ambulance quickly pulled out of the driveway to allow access for fire apparatus as they arrived. Due to her injuries, the first patient was transported to a landing zone at Copper Hill School and transferred to the New Jersey State Police NorthStar medevac helicopter for transport to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. The second patient was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick by BLS 4851. Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center’s EMS-1 and EMS-3 assisted with patient care. The three police officers were evaluated at the scene by the crew of BLS 4953 for smoke inhalation, with all three returning to duty a short time later.

EMS personnel continued to assist with REHAB and EMS stand-by for the duration of the incident. These operations were aided by the canteen unit of the Columbia Fire Company #4 and Raritan Township Emergency Management. Two alarms and a water shuttle were required to eventually bring the fire under control. Rescue firefighters assisted with suppression efforts as directed. Branchburg Rescue Squad provided an ambulance at our station to help cover our area while units were committed to the fire scene.

Fire / Rescue personnel were clear of the scene around 0400 Hours. The fire investigation is being handled by the Raritan Township Fire Marshal’s Office, Raritan Township Police, and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Great job to the Raritan Township Police Department for a heroic rescue! Strong work as usual to all responding agencies for mitigating the incident, and special thanks to our EMS mutual aid partners for the assistance on a very cold night.

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