July was the busiest month of 2013 so far for the Jackson Township First Aid Squad. The Squad answered 180 ambulance calls, transporting almost 100 patients to local emergency rooms during the month. This month included at least 11 separate traffic accidents, including several with multiple patients. The Squad has answered 1104 calls so far in 2013.
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad joined the Jackson Police Department and the township's fire departments, along with many local businesses, in celebrating the National Night Out on August 6 at the Shoprite on County Line Road.
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad joined the Jackson Mills Fire Company, Station 54, and the other fire departments and emergency services of Jackson Township in mourning the loss of Ex-Chief Raymond Hosford, a 28-year member of the fire service, a 9/11 responder, and a former member of the First Aid Squad. Chief Hosford's body was welcomed back to Jackson from Pittsburgh by a procession of emergency apparatus, including three Jackson First Aid Ambulances (226, 227, and 228).
High call volumes continued in March and April for the First Aid Squad,. With 141 calls in March and another 135 in April, the Squad has run approximately 600 calls in the first four months of 2013. Approximately 165 patients were transported to area hospitals by the First Aid Squad in March and April.
On April 13, 2013, the Jackson Township First Aid Squad held a 'coin toss' at the Van Hiseville intersection (the corner of East Veteran's Highway and Bennett's Mills Road) to raise money for new stretchers sorely needed by the Squad. Through the efforts of the members and the generosity of the Jackson community, approximately $2,850 was raised in about four hours of fundraising, bringing the Squad a third of the way to affording its equipment upgrades.
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad responded to 145 calls in February 2013, bringing the year to date total to 320 emergency calls. Over 75 patients were transported to area hospitals by the Squad in February.
On Sunday, February 24, the Jackson First Aid Squad, along with the Jackson Township Police and representatives from each of Jackson's four Fire Districts, welcomed home the Jackson Liberty HS Lions Cheerleaders, fresh from their championship performance at the Reach the Beach competition in Ocean City Maryland.
Courtesy of Ashley Mlotkiewicz, the 2012 Squad video highlights the events of last year, from our annual participation in Project Graduation to assignments with the EMS Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
In the early morning hours of February 18, 2013, the Jackson First Aid Squad was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Jackson Mills Rd. and N. County Line Road. Ambulance 225 responded, and found the vehicle to have rolled over with a heavily entrapped patient inside. With the assistance of Jackson Mills Fire Department units, the patient was extricated and transported to the hospital by 225 and MONOC Paramedic Unit 204.
As snow fell on Jackson during the night of February 8-9, 2013, the Jackson Township First Aid Squad stood ready to deliver ambulance service to the people of Jackson, with three ambulances and two first responder vehicles staffed.