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

Operating as usual

With a week left until Halloween, career staff member Dave Illion and his newborn son, Kenny, are embracing the fall spi...
10/24/2020

With a week left until Halloween, career staff member Dave Illion and his newborn son, Kenny, are embracing the fall spirit - especially with Kenny’s matching pants! We are more than excited to welcome him to the PFARS family and wish everyone a happy fall!

#transformationtuesdayIn 1939, PFARS had its first beginnings as the First Aid Unit of Princeton Engine Company No.1, wh...
10/20/2020

#transformationtuesday

In 1939, PFARS had its first beginnings as the First Aid Unit of Princeton Engine Company No.1, which operated out of a station wagon stocked with first aid supplies donated by Johnson & Johnson (@jnj).

81 years later, our fleet of apparatus has grown to include four modular ambulances (one of which is pictured here), a technical rescue truck, a four-wheel drive utility vehicle, a Zodiac boat, a rehab vehicle, and a first-response car.

Despite the change in apparatus appearance, the central goal of our membership and organization remains the same: to serve the Princeton community with the highest quality of emergency medical and technical rescue services.

#throwbackthursday đź”™ Jim Ferry and Annie Ferry met at PFARS in 2009. 11 years later, they welcomed their first daughter,...
10/15/2020

#throwbackthursday đź”™
Jim Ferry and Annie Ferry met at PFARS in 2009. 11 years later, they welcomed their first daughter, Kayla (repping PFARS gear, of course!đź‘•) Time flies and the squad could not be happier to welcome the newest addition to the PFARS family.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. đź’žEach year in the United States, more than 250,000 women get breast cancer and...
10/09/2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. đź’žEach year in the United States, more than 250,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease. This month, to show our support for patients affected by breast cancer, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, Princeton Police Department, and Princeton Fire Department came together to proudly display our new Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-shirts. More resources and ways to get involved can be found at:
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Today, we remember and honor the lives lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001. The memory of the 2,997 people killed,...
09/11/2020

Today, we remember and honor the lives lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001. The memory of the 2,997 people killed, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 8 EMTs/paramedics, will forever be with us. #neverforget

Today is a day of remembrance for PFARS. 9 years ago today, we lost one of our own, Michael Kenwood, during a rescue att...
08/28/2020

Today is a day of remembrance for PFARS. 9 years ago today, we lost one of our own, Michael Kenwood, during a rescue attempt. Please keep his wife Beth, daughter Laney, and other family members in your thoughts and prayers. We have honored Michael in our new station to always remember who he was and the sacrifice he gave that night.

In a letter describing a car crash that left him badly injured shortly before his high school graduation, Michael Kenwood wrote, “I swore to myself that if I lived, I would learn the skills to care for myself and others should another medical emergency ever confront me again.” He kept that promise, becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT) in college, and volunteering his time to help his campus community.

His desire to give back to his community continued long after his college graduation. Despite a budding career, as both a practicing attorney and owner of an information technology consulting business, and commitment to his wife and daughter, he continuously sought out opportunities to help others. One way in which he did this was by volunteering with the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) and becoming trained in technical rescue disciplines (motor vehicle extrication, ice rescue, confined space rescue, and swiftwater rescue). As an EMT and technical rescuer, Michael’s courage, determination, and cool under pressure were manifest as he provided care for victims of life-threatening medical emergencies, newly born infants, and people stuck in tight domestic spaces, crashed cars, or elevators. They were similarly manifest in training exercises, which he embraced as part of his commitment to being prepared to perform rescues or deliver care unflinchingly and with the highest level of skill and professionalism.

Such was his intention on the evening of August 27, 2011, hours before Hurricane Irene brought extraordinary damage upon the town of Princeton, New Jersey. After ensuring that his family was safely out of the storm’s path, 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. His friends and colleagues at the Squad were happy to have him there. In addition to being a skilled EMT and Rescuer, Michael was a mentor and source of comfort to everyone around him. Though he had only been a member of PFARS for three years, the Squad had benefited from his presence in so many ways. 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.

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 to Rosedale Road in Princeton, in the area of Stony Brook, for 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 proceeded into the water on a tether in order to reach and rescue any victims. Michael and another swiftwater rescue technician entered the water at 5:05 AM and were able to proceed approximately halfway to the vehicle before they were both swept from their feet by a rush of water. The haul team was unable to pull the rescuers back to shore and Michael was caught underwater in a stand of trees. The haul line was cut to free him from the trees and he was carried approximately 100 yards downstream with the current. When rescuers arrived at his location, they found Michael in cardiac arrest. Emergency services personnel on scene worked feverishly to save Michael, performing CPR and rushing him to the University Medical Center of Princeton. Through the efforts of the EMTs, nurses, and doctors, Michael’s heart was restarted, but he remained unresponsive. As word of the incident spread,Michael’s family and friends gathered in the intensive care unit of the hospital, utilizing every resource they could to find passable roads and flights to get to his side. Everyone prayed for him to regain consciousness. He never did. 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, per se, 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.

Michael’s death resonated across the country, as stories of his commitment to helping others and his untimely passing spread through close-knit networks of first responders and the media. Inspired, humbled, and deeply affected by this tragedy, hundreds of rescuers who had never met Michael came from throughout and beyond New Jersey to attend the funeral and pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice he exhibited in his death. 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.

PFARS volunteer and Princeton University senior research specialist Eric Mills rearranged his work schedule to help staf...
07/22/2020
From lab to ambulance, training pays off for EMT volunteer

PFARS volunteer and Princeton University senior research specialist Eric Mills rearranged his work schedule to help staff ambulances during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Eric in this Princeton University Engineering article!

https://engineering.princeton.edu/news/2020/07/16/lab-ambulance-training-pays-emt-volunteer?fbclid=IwAR0rtLyqNCZeH_5uu4bbdoLiy8ecsl6eJ1Mxu3I93JnSEu-iKaMpIT2nOxE

Eric Mills volunteers for the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, an independent, non-profit 110-member group of emergency medical technicians serving the Princeton area. He’s one of numerous members of the Princeton University community, mainly staff and students, who volunteer their time with ar...

Teachers are true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting their lesson plans and teaching styles to educate their stud...
07/16/2020

Teachers are true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting their lesson plans and teaching styles to educate their students remotely. Even after all of his hard work over the last few months, Malachi Wood of Princeton High School stopped by to deliver a delicious lunch spread, including snacks and dessert, for our on-duty EMTs. Thank you to the
Princeton Regional Education Association and Princeton Regional Educational Support Staff Association for their generous donation and for everything they do for the kids of Princeton!

One can hardly count all the screws, nuts, and bolts that are in our newly constructed building. Most of them are hidden...
06/23/2020

One can hardly count all the screws, nuts, and bolts that are in our newly constructed building. Most of them are hidden behind the walls, not intended to be seen. But, the ones in the pictured sculpture showing an EMS crew in action hold a special meaning for us and are prominently displayed in our lobby.

They were donated to PFARS by Jason Kenwood and his 12-year-old daughter Alissa, who turned their hobby of creating art out of recycled metal into the company, Deskpets.

Jason and Alissa hold a special bond with PFARS. Jason’s brother (Alissa’s uncle), Michael Kenwood, was a valued member of PFARS who lost his life during a water rescue at the height of Hurricane Irene.

Jason and Alissa have been ardent supporters of PFARS, and we are honored to put their donated sculpture on display in our lobby.

Thank you to the Corner House Foundation, Chambers Walk Cafe & Catering, and Land Rover Princeton​/Jaguar Princeton for ...
06/10/2020

Thank you to the Corner House Foundation, Chambers Walk Cafe & Catering, and Land Rover Princeton​/Jaguar Princeton for providing over 30 three-course meals to our on-duty EMTs! We are humbled that so many town residents chose to donate their meals to us through the Corner House - Princeton, NJ Foundation's annual fundraiser, and we are always appreciative of such delicious food!

05/31/2020

We have seen the Princeton Police Department’s dedication to the Princeton community firsthand, and we are honored to work with these men and women every day.

Even with our building closed to visitors, Princeton Day School's Lower School students were able to sneak in a tour of ...
05/28/2020

Even with our building closed to visitors, Princeton Day School's Lower School students were able to sneak in a tour of our new station- virtually, of course! PFARS volunteers John Griffith and Allie Persky showed off our facility, ambulances, and heavy rescue truck while fielding some great questions about what we do. John and Allie both joined PFARS while in high school at PDS and have been with us ever since!

05/27/2020

The per diem EMT-B 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. More information and applications are available at www.pfars.org, by email to [email protected], or by phone at (609) 924-3338.

We are so appreciative of the warm wishes we received for EMS week! Thank you to Creative Cakes by Sweta, The Learning E...
05/26/2020

We are so appreciative of the warm wishes we received for EMS week! Thank you to Creative Cakes by Sweta, The Learning Experience, and Capital Health for dropping off some treats for our crews, and thank you to our community partners for all of their messages of support. We are truly grateful to be a part of the incredible Princeton community.

This morning, our members proudly participated in a ceremony to honor the memory of our fallen soldiers, alongside the P...
05/25/2020

This morning, our members proudly participated in a ceremony to honor the memory of our fallen soldiers, alongside the Princeton Police Department and Princeton Fire Department.

The theme of National EMS Week 2020 was "Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow." While the theme was selected long before ...
05/23/2020

The theme of National EMS Week 2020 was "Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow." While the theme was selected long before the outbreak of COVID-19, it was particularly relevant this year, and we could not have been “ready today” without our incredible members. Made up of 90 career and volunteer EMTs and rescue technicians, our membership did not once waver in its commitment to Princeton. Our COVID response team worked tirelessly to protect us, our EMTs covered every shift, and we continue to strive to keep our patients safe. To our members who put themselves on the frontlines to answer every call for help, thank you.

We are so grateful for our partnership with our friends at the Nassau Inn, who are generously providing housing for thre...
05/21/2020

We are so grateful for our partnership with our friends at the Nassau Inn, who are generously providing housing for three of our EMTs this summer! We are lucky to have community partners that support our mission in any way they can.

05/16/2020

Today marks the end of National Police Week, the annual memorial of fallen officers across the country. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation for the officers of the Princeton Police Department, who accompany us to every call to ensure the safety of our crews and our patients. We are in awe of their tireless dedication to the residents of Princeton, and we are so grateful for their partnership.

In mid-March, we reduced our crew sizes to minimize exposure. Even though he could not ride on the ambulance, PFARS cade...
05/15/2020

In mid-March, we reduced our crew sizes to minimize exposure. Even though he could not ride on the ambulance, PFARS cadet Branden Quirinale wanted to help in the fight against COVID-19. He donated Simple Green decontamination solution, bleach, disinfecting wipes, and antiseptic soap to the Squad, all of which are in short supply and critical to ensuring the safety of our EMTs and our patients. Thanks, Branden; we can’t wait to have you back!

05/15/2020

We are hosting a virtual Information Session on Monday, 5/18, at 6:30 PM for anyone interested in volunteering with PFARS. Please email [email protected] or visit our website to register!

Yesterday, Cupcakes of Hope spent 8 hours spreading some sweetness to local hospitals and first responders by delivering...
05/13/2020

Yesterday, Cupcakes of Hope spent 8 hours spreading some sweetness to local hospitals and first responders by delivering treats from House of Cupcakes. We are so appreciative that they included us, our friends at the Princeton Fire Department, and the Capital Health paramedics stationed in Princeton! Thank you!

This weekend, the amazing staff at the Nassau Inn donated several of their delicious Mother's Day Brunch meals to our on...
05/12/2020

This weekend, the amazing staff at the Nassau Inn donated several of their delicious Mother's Day Brunch meals to our on-duty crews and our counterparts at the Princeton Police Department. Thank you!

The Timothy J Piazza Memorial Foundation provides assistance to children and adults in need of prosthetic devices to hon...
05/11/2020

The Timothy J Piazza Memorial Foundation provides assistance to children and adults in need of prosthetic devices to honor the memory of Tim Piazza, a Penn State University student who lost his life in February 2017. In the face of COVID, the foundation has expanded its mission to include providing PPE for healthcare workers and first responders. We are so thankful for the generosity of the foundation’s Board and supporters, who donated 60 N95 masks to PFARS. If you would like to help the foundation donate more PPE, please visit liveliketim.org by May 15th. “Live like Tim… Never stop laughing.”

Congratulations and thank you to the PSEG Foundation for committing $2.5 million to COVID-19 relief in New Jersey. The P...
05/09/2020
PSEG Foundation Commits $2.5 Million to Support Medical, Social and Economic Needs of New Jersey Communities Amid Devastating COVID-19

Congratulations and thank you to the PSEG Foundation for committing $2.5 million to COVID-19 relief in New Jersey. The PSEG Foundation awards the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad generous grants every year to help prepare our members for medical emergencies and rescues. We appreciate the training that support makes possible, now more than ever!

https://pseg.mypreferencecenter.com/Newsletter/EmailView?subscriberId=f025059b-4825-48a8-8013-446a627fac7f&newsletterCampaignSendId=7706

One of the benefits of serving the Princeton community is serving some of the best educational institutions in the count...
05/08/2020

One of the benefits of serving the Princeton community is serving some of the best educational institutions in the country! We’d like to give a special thanks to Theodor Brasoveanu from Princeton Day School’s Computer Science Department for constructing and donating 50 face shields. PDS alum, and PFARS Vice President, Allie Persky gratefully accepted the donation!

PFARS is committed to providing the highest level of care to ALL Princeton residents, no matter how small!Earlier today,...
05/07/2020

PFARS is committed to providing the highest level of care to ALL Princeton residents, no matter how small!

Earlier today, PFARS members, and Peggy Brookes from the Fire Marshal’s office, assisted Princeton Animal Control Officer Jimi Ferry in rescuing a family of ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain off Nassau St. Upon the ducklings’ rescue, ACO Ferry reunited the ducklings with their mother who was waiting near by.

While we may not be able to send a patient satisfaction survey, the mother’s appreciative quacks said it all!

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2 Mount Lucas Road
Princeton, NJ
08540

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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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