Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad

Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad For more details about PFARS, please visit our website at www.pfars.org The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad is the primary provider of Emergency Medical and Technical Rescue services to The Town of Princeton and Princeton University in Mercer County, New Jersey.

We are a volunteer-led non-profit corporation and combination department, not a division of any hospital or municipality.

Operating as usual

We were honored to host Princeton’s 9/11 memorial this morning. The memory of the 2,997 people killed, including 343 fir...
09/11/2021

We were honored to host Princeton’s 9/11 memorial this morning. The memory of the 2,997 people killed, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 8 EMTs/paramedics, 20 years ago, today, will forever be with us. #neverforget

The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) is pleased to announce that, effective October 21st, Captain Shawn Gallag...
09/08/2021

The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) is pleased to announce that, effective October 21st, Captain Shawn Gallagher (left) will become the next Chief of PFARS. Capt. Gallagher will succeed Chief Frank Setnicky (right), who has held the position since 2007 and is retiring after 35 years with the Squad.

Capt. Gallagher has been a career staff member of the Squad since 2008 and a Line Officer since 2014. He brings a vast knowledge of industry trends, a passion for and strong grasp of EMS and Rescue operations, and considerable leadership experience to his new position. Capt. Gallagher is known by Squad members as someone who sets an example for others to follow: a supportive and respectful leader, an advocate for progress, a diligent EMT who continually seeks to learn and improve, and a thoughtful and patient teacher. Members of neighboring emergency services agencies describe his warm demeanor, sound judgment, and partnership during inter-agency projects and large incidents.

While Chief Setnicky's retirement is bittersweet, we are excited to begin a new chapter under the leadership of soon-to-be-Chief Gallagher. Please join us in congratulating him on his new position and wishing him the best of luck as he prepares to take on this new role!

The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) is pleased to announce that, effective October 21st, Captain Shawn Gallagher (left) will become the next Chief of PFARS. Capt. Gallagher will succeed Chief Frank Setnicky (right), who has held the position since 2007 and is retiring after 35 years with the Squad.

Capt. Gallagher has been a career staff member of the Squad since 2008 and a Line Officer since 2014. He brings a vast knowledge of industry trends, a passion for and strong grasp of EMS and Rescue operations, and considerable leadership experience to his new position. Capt. Gallagher is known by Squad members as someone who sets an example for others to follow: a supportive and respectful leader, an advocate for progress, a diligent EMT who continually seeks to learn and improve, and a thoughtful and patient teacher. Members of neighboring emergency services agencies describe his warm demeanor, sound judgment, and partnership during inter-agency projects and large incidents.

While Chief Setnicky's retirement is bittersweet, we are excited to begin a new chapter under the leadership of soon-to-be-Chief Gallagher. Please join us in congratulating him on his new position and wishing him the best of luck as he prepares to take on this new role!

10 years ago today, PFARS lost one of our own, Michael Kenwood, during a rescue attempt. In addition to being a skilled ...
08/28/2021

10 years ago today, PFARS lost one of our own, Michael Kenwood, during a rescue attempt. In addition to being a skilled EMT and Rescuer, Michael was a mentor and source of comfort to everyone around him. Michael’s unflappable optimism and extraordinary acts of kindness, bravery, and selflessness were so regular that they defined a level of “ordinary” that few people ever attain. Simply put, he was a beloved part of our EMS family. Those of us who did have the privilege of knowing him, who had long been inspired by his many virtues, attended instead to pay tribute to the love, generosity, and selflessness he exhibited in his life.
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On the evening of August 27, 2011, hours before Hurricane Irene brought extraordinary damage upon the town of Princeton, New Jersey, Michael drove to PFARS to offer his assistance. He was not scheduled to be on duty, but he knew that as a swiftwater rescue technician, he had the skills necessary to help those who could be gravely affected by the looming storm.

At 4:38 AM on August 28, at the height of Hurricane Irene’s winds and torrential downpour, PFARS and other emergency services agencies were dispatched a water rescue. When the crews, including Michael, arrived on the scene, they found a sedan partially submerged in two-foot deep floodwaters in the roadway, approximately seventy yards from the water’s edge. Emergency personnel were unable to see whether the vehicle was occupied, but after repeated attempts to signal to the vehicle using spotlights and a PA system, the vehicle’s rear taillights began to flash. Believing that people might have been trapped inside the vehicle and seeing the rising and quickening floodwaters as an imminent threat to their safety, Michael and another swiftwater rescue technician entered the water and were able to proceed approximately halfway to the vehicle before they were both swept from their feet by a rush of water. Michael was caught underwater in a stand of trees, and was then carried approximately 100 yards downstream with the current. When rescuers arrived at his location, they found Michael in cardiac arrest. Late in the evening of August 28, Michael succumbed to his injuries. He was 39 years old.

It was later determined that the car was empty – the flashing taillights were likely caused by a malfunction of the car’s electrical system as it filled with water. The fact that there was no victim to be rescued does not detract from Michael’s intention when he entered the water to aid somebody whose life was in danger. Instead, Michael’s resolution in the face of the great uncertainty of the situation is a testament to his courage – few men or women possess the bravery to attempt such a rescue for a confirmed victim, much less for one that may not actually exist.

08/25/2021

******UPDATE******
We were able to identify the victim. Thank you for your help*****

WE NEED THE PUBLIC'S HELP. Our department is currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred this morning at 8:03 am on Rosedale Road. The victim had no identification on his person and we are unable to identify him. He is described as a 70 year old male, possibly of Asian descent, small build, wearing a navy blue shirt, khaki pants and loafers. Inside both of the victims socks were two stress balls tied together with rope. If you have any tips that would help us identify the victim please call D/Sgt. Gering at 609-921-2100 X1840 or Det. Travis Allie X2123. Thank you for any assistance. Please share this post.

We love when a community comes together! We want to send out a big THANK YOU to our two Refreshment Sponsors for the Mou...
08/21/2021

We love when a community comes together! We want to send out a big THANK YOU to our two Refreshment Sponsors for the Mountain Lakes 5k+ Trail Run/Walk to support PFARS, The Bagel Nook and McCaffrey's Food Markets. If you haven't signed up yet for the race on September 6, please visit us at https://pfars.org/event/mountain-lakes-trail-run-walk-benefit/.

#ShopLocal #RunWalkForPFARS #PFARS

We love when a community comes together! We want to send out a big THANK YOU to our two Refreshment Sponsors for the Mountain Lakes 5k+ Trail Run/Walk to support PFARS, The Bagel Nook and McCaffrey's Food Markets. If you haven't signed up yet for the race on September 6, please visit us at https://pfars.org/event/mountain-lakes-trail-run-walk-benefit/.

#ShopLocal #RunWalkForPFARS #PFARS

08/20/2021

The position requires an experienced, responsible person who is willing to work with both paid and volunteer staff. Successful candidates will have a minimum of 2 years of 911 EMS experience. This full-time position has a 12-hour Pitman schedule (nights) and offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and a retirement plan. More information and applications are available at www.pfars.org, by email to [email protected], or by phone at (609) 924-3338. Applications must be received by February 23, 2020.

Only 3 weeks to go! Don’t let the opportunity to enjoy a run or walk in the beauty of nature while supporting a vital no...
08/13/2021

Only 3 weeks to go! Don’t let the opportunity to enjoy a run or walk in the beauty of nature while supporting a vital non-profit organization pass you by. To register or for more information on the run, visit pfars.org/event/mountain-lakes-trail-run-walk-benefit/ Event pricing will increase on August 16 so sign up today!
#RunWalkForPFARS #PFARS

Only 3 weeks to go! Don’t let the opportunity to enjoy a run or walk in the beauty of nature while supporting a vital non-profit organization pass you by. To register or for more information on the run, visit pfars.org/event/mountain-lakes-trail-run-walk-benefit/ Event pricing will increase on August 16 so sign up today!
#RunWalkForPFARS #PFARS

We are thrilled to announce our first run/walk to benefit the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad sponsored by Bryn Mawr ...
07/29/2021

We are thrilled to announce our first run/walk to benefit the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad sponsored by Bryn Mawr Trust and Penn Medicine Princeton Health. Please join us in a low-key, challenging 5K+ run & walk presented by the Princeton Athletic Club in the picturesque setting of the Mountain Lakes trails. To register or for more information on the run, visit pfars.org/event/mountain-lakes-trail-run-walk-benefit/. The earlier you sign up, the more you save! We look forward to seeing you there.

#RunWalkForPFARS #PFARS

We are thrilled to announce our first run/walk to benefit the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad sponsored by Bryn Mawr Trust and Penn Medicine Princeton Health. Please join us in a low-key, challenging 5K+ run & walk presented by the Princeton Athletic Club in the picturesque setting of the Mountain Lakes trails. To register or for more information on the run, visit pfars.org/event/mountain-lakes-trail-run-walk-benefit/. The earlier you sign up, the more you save! We look forward to seeing you there.

#RunWalkForPFARS #PFARS

Join the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad on this Sunday, June 27th from 1-3pm for a (long-awaited) first look inside ...
06/24/2021

Join the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad on this Sunday, June 27th from 1-3pm for a (long-awaited) first look inside our new building! There will be live-music, ice cream from the bent spoon, and tours of the building!

Additionally, the Princeton Health Department will be offering COVID vaccines (Janssen and Moderna). The clinic is available for all NJ residents 18 years and older. There will be an opportunity for those receiving their first dose of Moderna to schedule a second dose.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new building!

Thank you Princeton NJ Police Department, Princeton University Department of Public Safety, and Princeton Wawa for keepi...
05/22/2021

Thank you Princeton NJ Police Department, Princeton University Department of Public Safety, and Princeton Wawa for keeping us well-fed (and well-caffeinated!) during National EMS week. Always appreciative of our kind and generous Community Partners!
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Note: all members pictured are vaccinated.

This National Police Week, we would like to pay special recognition to Princeton’s law enforcement community, Princeton ...
05/14/2021

This National Police Week, we would like to pay special recognition to Princeton’s law enforcement community, Princeton NJ Police Department.Thank you for your hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our community safe. We couldn’t ask for better community partners.

Note: these photos were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are due by May 15! ✍️🗓Check out our website for more information and the online application.https://pfars.o...
04/29/2021

Applications are due by May 15! ✍️🗓Check out our website for more information and the online application.

https://pfars.org/volunteer/

Applications are due by May 15! ✍️🗓Check out our website for more information and the online application.

https://pfars.org/volunteer/

Happy National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to our dispatchers at the Princeton NJ Police Department! Thank you ...
04/17/2021

Happy National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to our dispatchers at the Princeton NJ Police Department! Thank you for everything you do for us!

Happy National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to our dispatchers at the Princeton NJ Police Department! Thank you for everything you do for us!

Thank you, John, for everything you’ve done for Mercer County. You will be deeply missed.
03/20/2021

Thank you, John, for everything you’ve done for Mercer County. You will be deeply missed.

03/12/2021

Thank you to Jacobs Music Company for giving our member, Lee Sandberg, this once in a lifetime experience!!

In February, students at Saint Ann School sent over these handwritten cards to the squad. Thank you for brightening up o...
03/09/2021

In February, students at Saint Ann School sent over these handwritten cards to the squad. Thank you for brightening up our day with these thoughtful messages 😁

February’s drill featured a little friendly (and socially-distant!) competition between different crews of our volunteer...
02/28/2021

February’s drill featured a little friendly (and socially-distant!) competition between different crews of our volunteers. At each station, senior members walked us through different types of calls, ranging from respiratory emergencies to large-scale incidents. Here, Lieutenant Andrew Nagle is giving a brief overview of the rescue equipment that would be helpful on the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

February’s drill featured a little friendly (and socially-distant!) competition between different crews of our volunteers. At each station, senior members walked us through different types of calls, ranging from respiratory emergencies to large-scale incidents. Here, Lieutenant Andrew Nagle is giving a brief overview of the rescue equipment that would be helpful on the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Yesterday, PFARS crews assisted Princeton’s Animal Control Officer/PFARS Rescue Lieutenant Jim Ferry with the rescue of ...
02/27/2021

Yesterday, PFARS crews assisted Princeton’s Animal Control Officer/PFARS Rescue Lieutenant Jim Ferry with the rescue of a baby deer who had fallen through the ice on Lake Carnegie. The squad's Heavy Rescue truck, boat, and ambulance responded along with the Princeton Fire Department and Princeton Department of Emergency and Safety Services. Crews made entry into the ice, quickly made contact with the deer, and placed it in a rescue device to pull it to safety. The rescued deer was then taken to receive medical treatment. Great work by everyone involved!

Over the weekend, several of our members completed an Ice Rescue certification course with members of the Princeton Fire...
02/25/2021

Over the weekend, several of our members completed an Ice Rescue certification course with members of the Princeton Fire Department and Princeton Department of Emergency and Safety Services. Thanks to one of our volunteers, Adam Musa, for taking some pictures while flying over Lake Carnegie!

02/09/2021

Wishing everyone a safe next few days as we prepare for more snow! Happy February ❄️

This past November, PFARS was awarded a Volunteer/Combination Silver Award by Firehouse’s 2020 Station Design Awards, an...
01/24/2021

This past November, PFARS was awarded a Volunteer/Combination Silver Award by Firehouse’s 2020 Station Design Awards, and this month, we were honored to be featured in an online publication.

Thanks to a combined effort amongst multiple generous community partners, PFARS was able to relocate to a larger, more accommodating facility in December 2019, and since then, our commitment to promoting interaction and teamwork amongst our diverse membership has only grown.
We look forward to promoting further learning and collaboration in 2021. Thanks again for the feature, @firehousemagazine .

Read more at:
~ https://www.firehouse.com/stations/in-quarters/in-quarters/21206286/in-quarters-princeton-nj-first-aid-and-rescue-squad

Photo credits to H2M Architects + Engineers

Last month, Rescue Captain Matt Stiff (left) conducted an in-service training on new rope rescue equipment. This drill g...
01/15/2021

Last month, Rescue Captain Matt Stiff (left) conducted an in-service training on new rope rescue equipment. This drill gave our members an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new equipment and operating procedures before implementing them on a rescue call.

This week, almost 40 of our members were among the first in Mercer County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine! We are proud ...
12/30/2020

This week, almost 40 of our members were among the first in Mercer County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine! We are proud to be a part of history and grateful to the Princeton Health Department for their tireless efforts to secure vaccine doses for Princeton’s healthcare workers and EMTs.

Meet our 2021 officers! These squad members have committed countless hours to making sure our organization runs smoothly...
12/29/2020

Meet our 2021 officers! These squad members have committed countless hours to making sure our organization runs smoothly and safely, and we can’t thank them enough for their service. 👏 Looking forward to serving the Princeton community together in 2021. 🤝

12/19/2020
Penn Medicine Princeton Health

Honored to be part of this team of NJ first-responders spreading holiday cheer. Many thanks to our brave healthcare workers and happy holidays to all. 🎁🎁🎁

Many thanks to Plainsboro Fire Company for organizing this surprise holiday parade for the staff at Penn Medicine Prince...
12/19/2020

Many thanks to Plainsboro Fire Company for organizing this surprise holiday parade for the staff at Penn Medicine Princeton Health (as well as the guest appearances by Santa and the Grinch🎁🎉).

PFARS is immensely grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our healthcare heroes and patients, especially their unwavering courage in the face of a difficult year, and wish them nothing but the brightest of holiday spirits.

Thank you for allowing us to support you with this (socially-distanced😷) surprise and we look forward to continue cheering you on as you fight for us on the frontlines.

(Video credits to @princetonhealth on Instagram, thanks for sharing!)

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2 Mount Lucas Road
Princeton, NJ
08540

General information

Serving the community for over 75 years, PFARS is a volunteer-led, non-profit, independent organization dedicated to providing the Princeton community with professional, courteous and skilled emergency medical and technical rescue service. PFARS is headquartered at the corner of Mt. Lucas Road and Valley Road in Princeton, New Jersey. The building houses four ambulances and a technical rescue truck. PFARS also operates a four-wheel drive SUV, a RescueONE Connector Boat, a 'Special Services and Rehab' vehicle and a first-response car. PFARS boasts a membership of over 90 dedicated volunteer and career members. These highly trained individuals come from all walks of life yet have one thing in common – a desire to help those in need. PFARS members supplement their EMT certifications and extensive experience with ongoing internal training, ensuring our patients receive the highest quality patient care.

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+16099243338

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Great organization. Congratulations on your new home. Committed to safety! #hookupthehose
Congratulations on your new building!
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