Paramedic Affiliate Training

July 27, 2012  At 6:30 P.M. today members of the Tabernacle Rescue Squad, Shamong EMS, and Lumberton Emergency Squad gathered at station 439 to participate in the Paramedic Affiliate program. This program covered the equipment and supplies carried by the Virtua Paramedics. In addition to the equipment the members were afforded the opportunity to participate in practicing starting an IV, intubating a patient, and hooking up the heart monitor. This was a great opportunity for everyone to learn so new skills and also how we can affectedly assist Virtua paramedics on the scene of calls. As you may or may not know the Virtua Paramedics are dispatched to any life threatening injury that occurs throughout Burlington County. A lot was learned and many members walked away with a new understanding of their role in assisting the paramedics.

Photos: David Klotz

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Annual Chicken Bar-B-Q

Members of the Tabernacle Rescue Squad would like to thank everyone who came out to support us at our Annual Chicken BBQ.  The BBQ was a huge success. We look forward to next years BBQ and hope everyone will come out once again to make it another huge success.

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Rehab Responds to Shamong Trailer Fire

Thursday, July 5, 2012  Shortly after 10:00 am, Tabernacle Rescue Squad was dispatched for Rehab 439 to respond to 6 Lenape Path in Shamong Twp on the working fire dispatch. Engine 2812 had arrived on location to find a 50 x 12 mobile home trailer with smoke showing and requested the "All companies in service". Rehab 4399 and Ambulance 4392 both responded on the assignment and upon arrival were directed to setup on Lenape Path near the fire building. The Rehab and Ambulance crews established the rehab sector and processed several crews before being released by command shortly before 12:00 pm.

Photos: Stephen Cramer


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Excessive Heat Warning!


The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the South Jersey area from June 20th-22nd, 2012. With heat indices predicted to be at or above 100˚ in South Jersey, it is important to be mindful of activities during your time outdoors.

We would like to share the following Red Cross safety tips for coping with the high temperatures:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
  • Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  • Learn Red Cross first aid and CPR.

Know What These Heat-Related Terms Mean:

Heat cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are an early signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Heat exhaustion: Heat exhaustion typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim may suffer heat stroke. Signals of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale flushed or red skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.

Heat stroke: Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke is life-threatening. The victim's temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high—sometimes as high as 105 degrees.

General Care for Heat Emergencies:

Heat cramps or heat exhaustion: Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. If the person is fully awake and alert, give half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not let him or her drink too quickly. Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if the person refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness.

Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation! Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it. Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


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Special Operations Membership

Last year in a effort to expand our ever growing mission in the community the Tabernacle Rescue Squad added a new membership to our roles. This membership is called Special Operations. The primary responsibility of the Special Operations members of the Tabernacle Rescue Squad is to respond to all incidents within Tabernacle Township and surrounding communities in which our Heavy Rescue & Rehab trucks respond. These members are required to attend a minimum of 66 hours of initial training which is spread out over a one year period. This is far less training then compared to the initial training requirements for Firefighting (130 hrs) and Emergency Medical Technician (240 hrs) which normally takes place over a 6+/- month period. With the completion of this training members are allowed to perform functions at a motor vehicle collision that include but are not limited to vehicle extrication and Emergency Services Rehabilitation at the scene of emergency incidents. In addition to initial training our members are afforded the opportunity to take additional training in topics which may include but not be limited to rope rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, water rescue, and more. This training is provided to our members free of charge. We specifically designed this membership for people who would like to be involved in emergency services or help out their community but may not be interested in firefighting or providing emergency medical care. For more information about this membership please click here



Parade & Open House

The Tabernacle Rescue Squad invites everyone to join us on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 9:45 am - 2:00 pm for a parade and open house at the Tabernacle Rescue Squad Station 439. To commemorate the relocation of Station 439 from Hawkins Road to New Road the Tabernacle Rescue Squad will be hosting a parade that will begin at the former Hawkins Road station and end at the New Road station (See Route Map Below). The parade is set to begin at 9:45 a.m. with a building dedication ceremony to follow the conclusion of the parade. 

Following the conclusion of the ceremonies the squad will be holding an open house with activities that include: car cutting exhibition, ambulance displays, building tours, and more. Light refreshments will be provided.

In conjunction with this event the Township will be holding its second annual Volunteer Day at the Tabernacle Elementary School. This event includes displays and information about all the volunteer organizations in Tabernacle Township.

Both events will take place rain or shine.

We hope to see you there!!!

Any squads/departments wishing to participate in the parade please click here to RSVP.

For more information about the parade or open house call the Tabernacle Rescue Squad at (609) 268-0671.


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