To the Community,
It is my great honor to represent the West Essex First Aid Squad as its Captain. We are a totally VOLUNTEER emergency medical service agency that has served the residents and businesses of Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell for eighty years.
My journey to this place may be a little unique.
I joined while my children were teenagers and I had the time to commit to obtaining my Emergency Medical Technician certification. While EMT training was not easy, I found it very rewarding.
The classes included over 200 hours of in-class and hands-on training. All this was followed by the need to pass a rigorous written and practical skills exam required for certification.
In order to maintain my license, I am required to take additional training as well as re-certify every three years.
You may ask, “Why do all this for no compensation?”
I say, “How can I not give back?"
With all the good fortune we have living in our communities, there is no greater gift than the gift of Service. Whether it is holding the hand of an elderly patient who is not feeling well or bandaging a child or saving a life utilizing my CPR skills, it is all about giving back.
During your daily routine, please remember and thank my true heroes, the other members of WEFAS that I am honored to serve with. They give up their nights, their weekends, their holidays and their special family events to service our communities 24/7, every day of the year!
Again, we are all volunteers and our payment is the satisfaction of making a difference; the satisfaction of being of service.
I hope you have noticed that the common theme here is Service.
Strange that such a small word represents so much impact in the lives of so many. Yet all the service of our members would not be possible without the generosity of your donations.
ALL funds received are used for our operations:
To make a donation to the West Essex First Aid Squad,
please click here.
Finally, please consider joining our family. We currently have approximately 120 members with ages ranging from 16 to 90. It is time consuming and difficult at times, but the personal rewards are priceless.
Personally, I have been honored with a “Life Member” award, responded to over 4000 calls and have made lifelong friends through my membership. I could go on but if you want to learn more, just ask any of my members about their involvement and why they joined.
To become a volunteer with the West Essex First Aid Squad,
please click here.
Thank you and I'm looking forward to many more years serving the communities that we all call home.