STAR Rehab Team Completes First Deployment with New Emergency Services Unit

The new Emergency Services Unit ("ESU-2") from Squad made it's public debut on the job today during the annual Edison JCC/YMCA "Walk for the Cure" fundraiser. The STAR (Special Teams And Resources) Rehab team was on hand to help the participants make it through the hot weather.
On Sunday June 08, 2008 the Edison First Aid Squad #2 deployed their new Emergency Service Unit #2 (ESU2) to the J.C.C. / YMCA on Oak Tree Road for the “Walk for a Cure” event which was to draw greater than 300 people of all different ages and health status. The initial deployment was to be two (2) bike team members and one (1) BLS ambulance. However as the day drew closer there was rising concern that the weather was not going to cooperate as the forecast was predicting temperatures in the upper 90s with 45% humidity and a heat index of anywhere between 104 – 115˚F.

It was at this time that the decision was made to have a full Special Teams And Resources (STAR) group activation. The day of the event the following apparatus were deployed from the Edison First Aid Squad #2: a) Three (3) EMS bike units, b) Three (3) BLS ambulances, c) Emergency Service Unit #2 (ESU#2), and d) Rescue Truck #2 (R-2). In addition we were joined by the Metuchen First Aid Squad who supplied a BLS ambulance which was stationed at the half way point of the event which happened to be in their town at the Temple on Grove Avenue. During the event we had the three (3) EMS bikes providing first response capabilities throughout the event route which started at the J.C.C. proceeding west to Grove Avenue then turned South down Grove Avenue to the Temple located a couple of blocks down Grove Avenue once you cross over Route 27 at which point the participants were to turn around and reverse the course back to the J.C.C. At the J.C.C. participants were able to sit under some shade provided by a large tarp draped between both the ESU and Rescue Truck. It was here that a misting fan kept the temperature about 20 degrees cooler then the ambient air. Crew members were present to asses vital signs, ensure enough fluids were taken and that Medical emergencies were detected in time to be treated before things got worse.

Throughout the day one (1) civilian and one (1) squad member ended up being transported to JFK Medical Center for heat related conditions. While many more were evaluated and provided a comfortable place to rest.

The Officers and STAR team Leadership would like to personally thank each and every Squad member that volunteered to come out and assist at this event. The following members gave of their time enduring extreme working conditions:

Mehta, Neal EMS Branch Director
Katz, Joseph Rehab Team Leader
Weiss, Marc Treatment Team leader
Muhlgeier, Brandon Bike Team Leader
Martinez, Ruben - Lieutenant Crew Chief – Township assigned ambulance