As we start out with a new year, we want to take a moment to recognize another one of our volunteers. This month we would like to recognize firefighter-EMT Tonya Gruchacz. She been local to Hunterdon County her whole life, and has two kids Brooke and TJ. Tonya works full time as an administrative assistant. Tonya is currently going back to school for an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Emergency Health Science. Tonya is commonly described as hardworking, trustworthy, and is always willing to offer up the lending hand. Tonya has been with Flemington – Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad for a little over 3 years. She currently serves as the recording secretary. Tonya is also a Firefighter of Raritan Twp Fire Company and Glen Gardner Fire Company. When she is not serving with one of these departments she can also be found working with a hot air balloon team where she helps with a launching, tracking and landing of the hot air balloon. If she can manage to find more spare time she enjoys cooking, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
December’s Member Spotlight features a man who, following in his father’s footsteps, has been involved in serving his community from a young age. At only twenty years old, EMT and Firefighter Robert (Robby) Motzel is no stranger to emergency services. Growing up, Robby’s father was very involved in emergency services, serving as the Chief of the Flemington Fire Department and as an EMT for approximately 10 years. As a result, Robby practically grew up in the firehouse. Recognizing his sense of service, Robby’s mother was the first person to encourage him to obtain his EMT certification.
Robby first joined the squad in 2016 at the age of 17 shortly after completing his Firefighter 1 course. He saw challenge and opportunity in gaining his EMT certification and serving the community through the Squad. Robby is also a member of Flemington Fire Department and was recently elected to a Lieutenant position. When Robby is not on an ambulance or fire truck, he enjoys playing a round of golf.
Robby is currently attending Raritan Valley Community College to obtain a criminal justice degree in hopes of eventually landing a job in law enforcement. When he is not going to school or volunteering at the Squad, he works at Copper Hill Country Club.
According to Robby being part of the rescue squad is “a life changing experience for the better, you get to meet all kinds of amazing people on and off calls and it’s a way to give back to your community.”
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
November’s Member Spotlight is Dhwanil Kadakia. Dhwanil is a fourth year student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology majoring in Management Information Systems. Aside from volunteering and attending school, he is also a professional DJ. People describe him as loyal, hardworking, responsible, and caring. In the future Dhwanil sees himself working for a fire department in a large metropolitan area in New Jersey. When he is not volunteering, he spends time hanging out with friends, DJing, or working. Dhwanil is the first firefighter in his entire family tree. He was recognized by Congressman Lenoard Lance in 2015 for “Amazing Kids in Business.”
Dhwanil has been a part of FRFARS for the past 5 years. In that time he has gone from being a junior member, at the age of 16, to the EMS Captain. He has obtained his EMT, Firefighter 1, and Firefighter 2 certifications and has logged hundreds of hours of technical rescue training and certification.
Everyone who knows him knows he volunteers for FRFARS. They are all very proud of him saying that, “he is following his dreams.” To those that are interested in joining FRFARS, Dhwanil says, “You are joining a family. When things get rough we are all here for each other. You will learn more than you could ever believe and you will have the time of your life.”
Anyone interested in joining please visit http://www.frfars.org/joinnow
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.”
Emergency Medical Technician – Per-Diem
Posting Open until positions filled
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
For inquires, or to apply for this position, please submit a detailed resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Flemington – Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad is excited to announce the start of a new program, Member Spotlight. Once a month we will be spotlighting one of our members along with their contributions and achievements within our organization and our community.
With the 4th of July stirring our patriotism, we figured there was no better place to start than with one of our younger members who recently enlisted in the United States Army with the goal of becoming a combat medic.
Following in her sister Lisa’s footsteps, EMT Kelly Franchino, 18, joined the department at the age of 16. In the spring of 2018, Kelly completed the required training and passed the testing to earn her New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician Certification. Kelly sharpened her skills as one of our junior members over the past two years. In May, Kelly moved to a full adult member of the organization. She recently graduated from Hunterdon Central High School and enlisted with the US Army. She reports to boot camp in early August. In addition to her hard work and dedication to FRFARS, Kelly is a lifeguard/swim instructor at Little Dolphins Swim Academy. She enjoys cheerleading and Irish step dancing. If you happen to see Kelly out and about, please help us in wishing her the best of luck as she pursues her career in the US Army as a combat medic (68W).