Imagine tonight, after putting your children to bed, you go to sleep ready (or not) to start the workweek when you wake up tomorrow. Instead, your life turns upside down and you end up awake at 2 o’clock in the morning calling 9-1-1 because your spouse is suffering a heart attack. It is one of those few times in life where seconds truly count.
It is then that Roselle Park First Aid Squad (RPFAS) and Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) come into your house and do what they are trained to do. Every memory of your lives together and fear of your losing it all are in the hands of RPFAS volunteers doing everything they can to save your love’s life.
Subsequently, you spend Thanksgiving Day with your spouse and family at the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in the most thankful of all holidays.
For one family in town, this is no imaginary scenario – it actually happened right before Thanksgiving last year. Had it not been for the immediate response time of volunteers, the unimaginable could have become a tragic nightmarish life.
RPFAS – a group of volunteers who has been there for residents in the times of the more dire need – is currently in need of new volunteers.
Any adult 18 years and older who lives in Roselle Park, or surrounding communities, can offer their time during days, nights, and weekends.
Additionally, RPFAS is also looking for young borough-resident student volunteers between the ages of 15½-years and 17-years-old who would want to volunteer and join the First Aid Squad Cadet Unit.
Those who join the RPFAS will be taught to save lives in their community through training which includes life-saving CPR. They will also be able to enroll into a class at Union County College (UCC) in order to become a New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). There are new classes forming for the summer.
Duty crews are available to answer any questions about volunteering at the RPFAS building from Sunday through Friday between the hours of 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. RPFAS is located at 535 Laurel Avenue between West Colfax Avenue and West Webster Avenue, right behind the Roselle Park High School football field.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call (908) 245-3470 and leave their name and address in order to have an application mailed. Information is also available on the RPFAS website (link).