Fanwood Dispatching Transferred to Union County/2010
Fanwood became the first town in Union County to have police, fire and EMS dispatched by Union County Police in a move predicted to save the town more than $230,000 over three years.
Melissa Lewis Training Fund Established/2010
In memory of the late wife of squad member Ian Lewis, FRS created a fund in her name to facilitate training for members faced with elimination of state reimbursement for elective CEU courses.
Bob Kruthers, Volunteer of the Month/2009
Senior member Bob Kruthers was named Fanwood’s Volunteer of the Month for August, 2009, by Mayor Colleen Mahr.
Rally to Save the EMT Training Fund/2009
The Bill Crosby Spirit of Giving Winter Blood Drive collected 51 units of blood on December 29, 2008, a new record for our blood drives. Bill, who spearheaded our semi-annual blood drives for many years, would have been proud.
Not Just Another Santa Parade/2008
A house fire caused by a burning candle damaged much of the first floor of a home at 188 S. Martine Avenue in Fanwood the evening of Saturday, December 6, 2008. No injuries resulted but two pet dogs succumbed to smoke inhalation despite efforts by the Rescue Squad to revive them.
Union County Music Festival/2010
Muhlenberg Hospital Ceases Acute Care/2008
Shady Lane Fire/2008
COMMUNITY CPR DRIVES/2008 & 2009
The Rescue Squad offered free CPR to Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents for EMS Week.
Evelyn Troy was saved in 2008 after suffering cardiac arrest while watching TV in her living room.
The first documented CPR save came in 1973 during the Memorial Day Parade in Fanwood. The Rescue Squad first used a portable defibrillator to save a life in April, 1996. The defibrillator was bought with the help of the Prudential Insurance Company through a program it called Helping Hearts. Some of those stories are found below.