Letter to the Editor: SP Resident Shocked that Rescue Squad only Receives 20% Response

Patricia Reardon finds the response by residents a disgrace.

Dear Editor,

Several weeks ago the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad sent out their annual appeal for donations. Unbelievably, they received responses from only 20% of the community, People, this is a disgrace. The Rescue Squad is a 100% volunteer emergency medical service on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They depend totally on contributions to carry on their work. None of us can know when we might possibly need to call on these dedicated public servants. Anyone of us might have an emergency, a sudden illness or an accident, in which case, rapid medical response could mean the difference between life and death. Residents of Scotch Plains, please think about this and step up to the plate. Send your much needed donation now.


Patricia Reardon

Charlie October 05, 2012 at 05:22 PM
The fire department receives even less. The rescue squad and the fire dept members risk there lives day in and day out and do it because they love there community and like to help out. They miss holidays, school, work, kids sporting events, etc.
Town October 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The rescue squad gets a donation from the town from our tax dollars each year in the 38k range. Any volunteers should be commended for their service but many emergency calls to the rescue squad go to other towns or do not meet the state response average. Covering calls during the day is a major issue. The town should look to go with a paid service with insurance billing. This will ensure the coverage our town deserves and ensure better coverage during day hours. The fire department gets all it's capital equipment from the town, building, trucks, personal equipment, etc. Fire volunteers even get a stipend from the town. The fire chief is paid. Again any volunteer should be commended for their work but giving them lots of donations for beer and parties .... not really.
sp resident October 06, 2012 at 11:42 AM
When my property tax reduces by $200 , then I can think about sending money. Let me secure my place to live first!
Charlie October 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Town, FYI, the fire department doesn't get all of it's capital equipment from the town. Members of the fire dept and the rescue squad not only utilize their own free time to answer calls, but to create and have fundraisers and ways to receive funds to buy specialized equipment, training, etc. Also, the fire dept and the rescue squad currently prohibit any alcohol in there buildings. So no, they do not ask for donations for beer and parties. Before you open your mouth, it might be wise to get your facts straight. Would you be saying all of this if god forbid something happened and you needed their services? Understand this, they can always find a job somewhere else not getting paid. Do you realize how much money volunteers save there towns? Maybe you should stop by a firehouse or rescue squad building in town and understand what each member does and goes through without asking for a paycheck, I bet it will really open your eyes.
faith October 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM
thank u charlie. i AGREE with u. my son does volunteer for ems squad. thanks again. i appreciate ALL u do to save lives.......


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