Helping our Neighbors: It’s what we do
“Many thanks for helping me!”
“Thank you for taking such good care of our mom.”
The Fanwood Rescue Squad is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. It was formed in 1948 by several members of the Fanwood Fire Company who felt that the Borough needed its own Rescue Squad. Prior to that time, the service was provided by neighboring communities, particularly Scotch Plains. Charter membership at that time was 30. During this time the squad was housed in the Fire Hall (detailed squad history here).
The present Rescue Squad building, located at 123 Watson Road, was constructed in 1977 with the help of the volunteer members. It provides two vehicle bays, bathrooms, office, storerooms, a meeting/training room and a small kitchen. Following the lengthy power outages caused by a tornado in 1999, a backup generator was installed.
Currently the Rescue Squad owns two ambulances: a 2001 Ford/Road Rescue and a 2009 Ford/Braun Chief and a full complement of necessary emergency equipment.
The current membership varies between 30 and 50 volunteers who serve in many capacities in the organization from answering emergencies to building and ambulance maintenance, administration, community service, website and desktop publishing. A number of members are also members of the volunteer fire company. Night-time hours (11PM-6AM) are staffed by crews committed to respond during these hours.
2017 Desk Officers
- President: Jeff Downing
- Vice President: Patty Buckridee
- Treasurer: Bob Kruthers
- Recording Secretary: Jamie Pedinoff
- Corresponding Secretary: Karolyn Buckridee
- Chaplain: Karolyn Buckridee
- Historian: Tom Kranz
- Trustees: Tom Kranz, Bob Kruthers, Jeff Carr
- Delegates: Karolyn Buckridee, Liz Buckridee, Joan Lozowski
- Alternate Delegates: Patty Buckridee, Ian Lewis, Adam Miksis
2017 Line Officers
- Captain: Nancy Mustachio
- 1st Lt: Rob Villegas
- 2nd Lt: Ralph Palazzi
- Sergeant: Christian Roman
- Training Officer: Patty Buckridee