CLARK—The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad recently hosted fourth and fifth grade boys from Clark Cub Scout Pack 145 for a training session on first aid procedures and techniques.
Webelos Scouts from dens 5 and 8 of Cub Scout Pack 145 learned the basics of first aid including the importance of identifying an actual emergency and the importance of calling 911 for assistance. The scouts learned how to recognize signs of a heart attack, how to stop serious bleeding, how to handle a choking victim, and how to use common sense and body protection, such as the use of rubber gloves. They also learned first aid for cuts and scratches, burns and scalds, blisters on the hand and foot, insect bites and stings, nosebleeds, frostbite, and sunburn – all of which could potentially be encountered on a camping trip. All of these training techniques are necessary requirements for earning the Cubscout’s Readyman Activity Pin.
The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad’s assistant captain and training officer, Mike Hajkowski, provided an overview of the squad and the importance of volunteering in one’s own community to continue to make it a great place to live. He noted that several Eagle Scouts have recently joined the squad as they have come of age and that a past cubmaster of Pack 145 has obtained the necessary training to serve as an emergency medical technician. Ron Weslosky, an EMT and president of the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, assisted Hajkowski in working with the Webelos scouts.
The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad Inc. was first organized on Dec. 7, 1941. The squad was formed to provide first aid and emergency medical transportation for any Clark resident without a charge of any kind. The CVES is located at 875 Raritan Road. The squad has approximately 40 active members; more than 70% are EMTs, although the minimum requirement is to be CPR and First Aid certified.
Meetings and training drills are held monthly. All of the members are trained and certified to operate the Automatic External Defibrillators, which are carried in each ambulance. Each member donates 12 hours of their time each week plus one weekend every two months to help the citizens of Clark.
If you are a “people” person interested in meeting new friends and helping others in their time of need, call Hajkowski, co-chair of the membership committee at (908) 759-1400 if you have an interest in becoming a member of the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad. Members do not have to be Clark residents or have any special training to start. Volunteers will receive training in basic first aid and CPR and will also be eligible to take the NJ State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at no cost.
Members of Clark Cub Scout Pack 145 recently visited the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad.
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