Somerset County Strike Team Assignment

August 18th 2011 At approximately 13:00 hrs as members where cleaning up and preparing to head home from the overnight standby C4390 received a phone call from the Burlington County EMS coordinators requesting a crew and ambulance to respond with a strike team to Atlantic County to assist with possible EMS coverage or the returning of people to nursing homes. After receiving this request EMS Captain David Klotz, EMT's Cassey Karle, Cuyler Vena, and Arron Morrison all agreed to take on this assignment. It was decided that if crews where headed to Atlantic county the remainder of the strike team would meet up at Station 439 and await the arrival of the County EMS coordinator. Once the EMS coordinator arrived the strike team was advised that there was a change in assignment and they would be heading to Somerset County to assist with EMS coverage. After the entire strike team was briefed they began the long tedious journey North. On the way crews encounter multiple road closures due to flooding and downed power lines and were forced to make mutiple u-turns and travel many back roads. It took the strike team about 4 1/2 hours to reach Somerset County 9-1-1 center where they were briefed and given assignments. A4392 was assigned to cover a shelter at Somerville Middle School located just two blocks from the 9-1-1 center. Upon arrival at the shelter the crew was briefed by C.E.R.T. team members and provided a hot meal at a church next door. After eating dinner the crew parked the ambulance and settled in for the night. A4392 did not handle any calls for service and at 06:00 hours returned to the 9-1-1 center for demobilization. After the crew was released they returned home following Lenola and Delran EMS arriving back in Tabernacle around 08:00 hrs. It should be noted that Westampton and Mount Laurel EMS also responded on the strike team and were sent to Manville where the covered all 9-1-1 calls for the night but do to flooding they were forced to travel a great distance away from Somverville in order to return to the 9-1-1 center where they were released later that morning. 

Photos: Cassey Karle

 

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Hurricane Irene

As hurricane Irene approached Tabernacle Township a plan was put in place and at 17:00 hours Station 439 members gather at the station in preparation to ride out the storm. Crews sat down to a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs which was prepared by our members. Shortly after dinner everyone was briefed on the events of the evening and what the plans were going to be. Shortly after 20:00 hours the station lost power. No long after loosing power a phone call was received from a local resident who was in need of transport to a local hospital due to the power outage. After checking weather reports and confirming it was safe to do so A4392 responded and transported the person to a local hospital. After returning from this assignment the everyone settled in for the night. In the early morning ours the crews awoke to find minor damage to the area and sat down to a nice breakfast of eggs, bacon, and french toast. In all only one call for service was received during the peak of the storm. At one point there was a total of 15 volunteers on hand ready to respond to calls for service. We would like to thank all of these dedicated volunteers who left ones and the comfort of home to provide coverage to all the residents of Tabernacle Township.

 

Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Strikes Virginia

Today at 17:51 hours A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island Philadelphia and New York City.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

 

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New Building Update

Progress on the new station is still moving along at a fairly fast pace. Since our last update all the exterior walls  in the administrative space have been completed and the masonry crew has almost completed the walls in the wash  and apparatus bays. The roofing crew completed the roof over the apparatus bay and have begun to work on the administrative side of the building. There has also been some prelimiary layout and framing completed in the training room. Stay tuned as our new home becomes reality!!!

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We're now on Facebook!

The Tabernacle Rescue Squad is pleased to announce that it is now on Facebook. In addition to our regular website all information posted on our site will now be also posted to Facebook.  

If you're a Facebook user, Fan us! Then you’ll get all our posts on your Facebook Home Page. Or you can follow us by clicking on the Facebook links on our website home page.

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Members Graduate EMT-B

The Tabernacle Rescue Squad would like to recognize and congratulate Alexis Gunzelman and Kayla Simpkins in becoming State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Beginning in the month of May and for about four weeks following these two spent Monday through Friday attending training adding up to over 120 hours to become trained in the basics of emergency medicine. This accelerated course was completed at Camden County college through Virtua Health and included hospital time and a ride along with Virtua paramedics.

If you see them around, please congratulate them for a job well done for the hard work and dedication to the community.

 

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2018
CALL STATISTICS
JANUARY  106
FEBRUARY  87 
MARCH  166 
APRIL  73 
MAY  86 
JUNE  77 
JULY  79 
AUGUST  75 
SEPTEMBER   
OCTOBER   
NOVEMBER   
DECEMBER   
YTD  749

 

2017
CALL STATISTICS
JANUARY  103
FEBRUARY  53 
MARCH  91 
APRIL  92 
MAY  88 
JUNE  84 
JULY  78 
AUGUST  87 
SEPTEMBER  89 
OCTOBER  88 
NOVEMBER  93 
DECEMBER  88 
YTD  1034

 

 

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