Chatham Emergency Squad

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Video courtesy of Squad member Dave Elliott. Music from the Disney movie "Moana" sung by Dwayne Johnson.

Sam Francis awarded the Dick Richards Award for Excellence

On February 11, 2017, at the Squad's annual officer installation dinner, Squad member Sam Francis (at right) was awarded the Dick Richards Award for Excellence by President Rich Crater.

Sam is a very active member of the Squad, having served as Captain (twice), President, Crew Chief, and Finance Vice President (twice). While those roles represent significant achievements, it is Sam's commitment to operational excellence that sets him apart. In 2007, as Captain, Sam took the initiative to elevate the Squad's traditions of professionalism and service to the next level by creating and documenting Principles of Governance. These are the procedures and tenets under which CES operates. He then took the next step which has all members committing to these principles and our governance process. This is one good example of Sam's impact on the Squad.

The Dick Richards Award for Excellence is given very rarely, and Sam represents the kind of commitment and excellence this award envisioned. Please join us in congratulating Sam Francis.

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Every year the Squad submits an annual report to Chatham Borough and the Township of Chatham. Click here to read the report.

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Squad Members John and Christine Grobert receive Distinguished Service Award from the Chatham Jaycees

The Chatham Jaycees awarded their 2016 Distinguished Service Award to John and Christine Grobert on June 14. Both Groberts are longtime members of the Chatham Emergency Squad.

Christine Grobert, a teacher in the district, was a teenager when she helped organize the annual St. Patrick Church Appalachia Help Week.

She also chaired the Chatham Historical Society event when Chatham set a Guinness Book of World Record for the most people simultaneously blowing a wooden train whistle during the 100-year celebration of the Chatham Train Station.

John Grobert, filling in for his wife's shift on the Chatham Emergency Squad, answered a call and helped deliver a baby last November. He was recently recognized by the Borough of Chatham for his "dedication to duty" in caring for the newborn.

EMS Week was celebrated May 15-21

Have you ever noticed the banners that fly over Southern Boulevard in the Township and at Reasoner Park in the Borough each May proclaiming EMS week, and wondered: "what is that about?”

What is EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week? It is a campaign to recognize and inspire EMS personnel, strengthen the profession, and encourage public appreciation for EMS professionals. In Chatham, our Emergency Medical Services personnel are the trained EMTs from the Chatham Emergency Squad who volunteer their time to provide emergency medical services and transport — free of charge — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, responding to about 1,200 calls annually. The American College of Emergency Physicians, in conjunction with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, created "National Emergency Medical Services Week" in 1973 with the support of President Gerald Ford.

Back then, Emergency Medical Services was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just begun to be recognized as critical components of emergency medicine and the public health-safety net. A lot has changed since then. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical-care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies including heart attacks, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, stroke, drug overdose, or acute illness. EMS practitioners attend to their patients' medical needs and show caring and compassion to patients in their most difficult moments.

This year's campaign theme is EMS STRONG: "Called to Care", referring to the EMT's everyday call to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations, and being called upon to do the work that only a select few can do.

To honor national EMS week this year, both the Chatham Borough Council and Chatham Township Committee awarded a proclamation to the Chatham Emergency Squad as acknowledgment of their service. Accepting the award was CES President Richard Crater, who said, "While in the past we have noted EMS week, this year we are doing more to thank our men and women and raise awareness in the public of this special week." Banners and signs were located around Chatham all week, and the Squad recognized members with a memento at their annual spring picnic.

When asked how citizens of the Chathams can support the Chatham Emergency Squad during national EMS week, Mr. Crater stated,  "We always need volunteers, and of course donations, which are the source of nearly all our funding."

Squad member Tim Brown wins EMT Excellence Award

Squad member Tim Brown was awarded an EMT Excellence Award by Overlook Medical Center on May 24, 2016. His qualifications are exceptional, including certifications as paramedic and flight nurse, and he flies aboard the NorthSTAR medevac helicopter. He is one of our most prolific responders. Tim is truly an exceptional EMT.