Fanwood Dispatching Transferred to Union County/2010

Union County/Fanwood Police dispatcher Dan Kranz at work with observers, left to right, Tom Kranz, Fanwood Rescue Squad President; Mary Jane Kowalski, Union County Freeholder; Richard Trigo, Fanwood Police Chief; Kathy Mitchell, Fanwood Borough Councilwoman; John Piccola; Fanwood Deputy Fire Chief; David Clausen, Fanwood Fire Chief; Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rally to Save the EMT Training Fund/2009

The Rescue Squad participated in a rally in Morristown on May 6, 2009, calling for restoration of the EMT Training Fund after word that Governor Jon Corzine had emptied it to balance the budget. The news outraged volunteer EMT’s across the state.

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Blood Drive/2008

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

Jim Drewes surprises Melissa Gassler with a proposal and a ring
It started innocently enough as a group photo before the Rescue Squad and Fire Department embarked on the annual Santa Parade through Fanwood on Saturday, December 13, 2008. After the first photo was taken, Santa approached firefighter/EMT Jimmy Drewes with a special gift. Jimmy took it, dropped to one knee and proposed on the spot to his longtime girlfriend, Melissa Gassler, EMT and regular Santa elf. He flashed the ring. Her eyes popped open. They hugged and kissed. The crowd went wild. Jimmy and Melissa then went on with the business of delivering gifts door to door to hundreds of Fanwood’s good little boys and girls. 


House Fire, Martine Ave & Saville Row/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

Union County Music Festival

The Fanwood Rescue Squad sent crews to help provide EMS service to the Union County Music Festival in Clark in 2010.

Muhlenberg Hospital Ceases Acute Care/2008

Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center stopped receiving acute care patients in mid August, 2008, as Solaris Health Systems shut down most hospital operations. Since no acute care patients could be transported to Muhlenberg, the Rescue Squad stopped most transports to the scaled down satellite emergency room.

Shady Lane Fire/2008

The Rescue Squad responded to a house fire at 38 Shady Lane on Saturday, July 19, 2008, which left the home uninhabitable. The fire was started by a malfunction in a propane barbecue grill. No one was injured.

Flagpole Replaced/2008

The Rescue Squad dedicated its new flagpole on Memorial Day 2008, a fitting tribute to this beautiful renovation job led by squad member Courtney Slaten for his Eagle Scout project.


The Rescue Squad offered free CPR to Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents for EMS Week.



CPR-Defibrillator Saves/1973-2008

Evelyn Troy was saved in 2008 after suffering cardiac arrest while watching TV in her living room.

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.