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

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.

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!)

In preparation for Wednesday’s snowstorm, extra crews staged at PFARS headquarters out of precaution. Luckily, being on ...
12/17/2020

In preparation for Wednesday’s snowstorm, extra crews staged at PFARS headquarters out of precaution. Luckily, being on duty didn’t stop us from enjoying the winter wonderland in Palmer Square. Stay safe everyone, and enjoy the snow and holiday season!❄️❄️❄️

Yesterday, a WTC steel beam in commemoration of 9/11 was installed at the PFARS building. Thank you to all the local gro...
12/13/2020

Yesterday, a WTC steel beam in commemoration of 9/11 was installed at the PFARS building. Thank you to all the local groups who made this possible.

We are proud to share that Patrick Richichi, PFARS’s Deputy Chief, recently passed the department house test at Princeto...
11/30/2020

We are proud to share that Patrick Richichi, PFARS’s Deputy Chief, recently passed the department house test at Princeton Fire Department. Congratulations, and thank you for using your commitment in both emergency response and firefighting to serve the Princeton community!

On behalf of the Line Officers, we are pleased to recognize Firefighter Patrick Richichi on passing the department house test. Thank you for your dedication to serving the town of Princeton. We appreciate your volunteerism and commitment to excellence.

PFARS is honored to accept three awards for the architecture and design of our new station, which opened in December 201...
11/12/2020

PFARS is honored to accept three awards for the architecture and design of our new station, which opened in December 2019! The first is from Firehouse Magazine, which awarded us the Silver Award for combination (a mix of career and volunteer members) departments. This is from their annual Station Design Awards, which recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations nationwide. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are distributed across eight categories in this prestigious competition.

The final two came from ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, which deemed PFARS the Best Institutional Project within our project cost bracket and the 2020 Project of the Year. The Associated Builders & Contractors is a national construction industry trade association and the Excellence in Construction Awards competition is ABC's premier awards program that highlights outstanding merit construction throughout the region. The projects are judged by a panel of judges that represent a cross-section of construction industry experts, including owners, architects, engineers, and industry leaders.

We offer a huge thank you and congratulations to our partners, C. Raymond Davis & Sons, Inc. and H2M architects + engineers, and our President Mark Freda and our internal building committee, who lead the effort to construct a new station for over 15 years!

~https://cdn.firehouse.com/files/base/cygnus/fhc/document/2020/10/FIR_SDA_2020.5f96dd4b872aa.pdf

~ https://www.craymonddavis.com/crd-news/crd-completes-new-headquarters-for-pfars

This past Sunday, PFARS rescue members completed a rope rescue training course, dedicating nearly 70 hours over two week...
11/10/2020

This past Sunday, PFARS rescue members completed a rope rescue training course, dedicating nearly 70 hours over two weeks. The course focused on both high- and low-angle rescue techniques, with an emphasis on practical application based on realistic rescue scenarios. Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Last week, PFARS held a joint EMS and Rescue drill in the Herrontown Woods, with members breaking up into crews and prac...
11/05/2020

Last week, PFARS held a joint EMS and Rescue drill in the Herrontown Woods, with members breaking up into crews and practicing hands-on skills in a variety of off-road scenarios. 🛣Here, the crew is practicing the use of a Stokes Basket, which is helpful for stabilizing and transporting an injured patient over rough terrain. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to run our drill in the park, so that more members could participate in a safe, socially-distanced manner outdoors, and for the opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage in the woods.🍂

Thank you Princeton University Department of Public Safety for dropping off some delicious Dunkin coffee and donuts this...
10/29/2020

Thank you Princeton University Department of Public Safety for dropping off some delicious Dunkin coffee and donuts this week. We are always grateful for an extra cup of coffee and our generous community partners. Happy Thursday, everyone!

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 🔙 Jim Ferry and Annie Ferry met at PFARS in 2009. 11 years later, they welcomed their first daughter,...
10/15/2020

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

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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 💞Each 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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~ https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/
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~ https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month
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~ https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/breastcancerawareness/index.htm

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.

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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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