Santa Claus Is Comming to Tabernacle

Santa is coming to Tabernacle this week! His Big Blue sleigh will begin making the rounds on Wednesday evening at 6pm. Below is a street listing for each evening of Old Saint Nick's tour with the volunteers of Tabernacle Rescue Squad. Take note that his sleigh is a bit too large to cover our unpaved sections of town and his reindeer have a hard time turning themselves around on dead-end streets with no court. So if you find yourself on one of those streets, make your way to pavement or the corner of your street when you hear those sirens or see one of our lead ambulance reindeer! Also note that some streets in town are on both the eastern and western side of Rt. 206. Eastern portions of those streets will be visited on Thursday and western portions on Friday. The streets are listed in a general order of arrival, so the closer your street is to the top of that nights list, the sooner in the evening you'll be getting a visit from the Jolly fellow. Check in the coming days for a link to a GPS tracker Santa will keep with him on Rescue 4399 so you can track his progress each evening. We look forward to seeing you!

Santa Streets

 

Who we are Week

Who we are Week: In this weekly series we would like to shine a light on who Tabernacle Rescue Squad is and what we provide to the community. Currently the township committee and an emergency services sub committee are discussing options on what emergency services will look like going forward in Tabernacle. TRS and it’s volunteers have been serving this great community since 1953 and look forward to continuing to do so. This week we would like to share with you, what that service looks like to our residents, provided by our residents. Today we look at our volunteers:

This week we have tried to explain many of the things TRS provides to our community. Today we want to focus on how all of those things take place, our volunteers. The strength of our organization is the result of the many dedicated volunteers who are part of of Tabernacle Rescue Squad. These volunteers are your neighbors and friends and in some cases, your family. They are your fellow congregants at church, scout leaders, coaches, school teachers, nurses, mechanics, police officers, career EMTs and paramedics, high school and college students, medical examiners, retirees, graphic designers, local business owners, CIS professionals, craftsmen, farmers, servicemen and women, and veterans. They are blue collar, white collar, or no collar; in short they are from all walks of life with one common thread, the desire to serve Tabernacle and their neighbors in their time of need. From this diversity comes our strength. This strength can be seen in our volunteers ability to answer over 900 calls this year and our ability not just to respond with 1st rigs; but also second rigs, third rigs and our rescue and rehab consistently. On Tuesday of this week were able to street 4391, 4392, 4394, and 4398 with MC43 simultaneously when requested. Our volunteers are answering one of the highest call volumes of a completely volunteer squad in the county. Some of the ways our volunteers save the community money are obvious. Not needing to pay career or full time EMTs or Rescuers provides an obvious savings to our residents. Other savings may not be as obvious. Our volunteer’s diverse set of skills and desire to serve allow many things that might otherwise be contracted out to be completed in house. Fabrication and small repairs, technology and server maintenance, and administrative functions are all jobs done in house by our volunteers. TRS and it’s volunteers have also worked on other ways to reduce the burden on the taxpayers to provide our lifesaving services. We worked closely with the Township Committee four years ago to begin a billing program for squad services, as has become the industry standard. Because of this work we are able cover costs by billing a patient's insurance. Through insurance premiums already being paid by our patients for this purpose, we accept what insurance companies contribute and do not balance bill Tabernacle residents for the remainder. We are able to avoid balance billing through township cooperation to cover the cost of deductibles, co-pays, and charity care which is mandated by law to continue the practice. Currently the taxpayers only have to contribute $70,000 a year for an operation that costs over $300,000 to provide and we expect to work with the township to lower this contribution this year to reduce the tax burden even further. This billing program has allowed many larger costs, along with the smaller ones, to be absorbed by our organization rather than relying solely on tax monies. One large example of these savings would be our new ambulance, 4392, which was refurbed this year without a need for township assistance. In addition to costs associated with running calls we absorb many of the costs associated with maintaining the township building we call home, along with Pinelands CERT and the Office of Emergency Management. TRS and its volunteers pay for electric and maintenance as well as grounds keeping of the township Emergency Services Buildings We also cover maintenance costs on all apparatus. We are proud of the success of this program and its continued reduction of costs shouldered by the taxpayers; after all we’re taxpayers too. The teamwork between our township and TRS have resulted in a high caliber organization providing award winning and life saving services in our town in a financially responsible way at a relatively low cost to the taxpayers of Tabernacle. Currently we have 51 volunteers serving you with a few more applications in process, but we will always have room for you! If this kind of service interests you we would love to have you become part of our team. Find an application atwww.tabernaclerescue.org.

As we reach the end of “Who we are Week” we want to thank you for the response we have received from our followers. We appreciate the comments, likes, and appreciation shared with our organization. As we have shared; currently the township committee and an Emergency Services subcommittee are looking at what they would like emergency services to look like in Tabernacle in the future. They are seeking public input as they prepare to discuss what that future will be and who will provide those services. If you have had a positive experience with TRS or feel so inclined please reach out to Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Yates IV at jyates@townshipoftabernacle-nj.gov or attend the next township meeting on December 14th at 7:30pm. Meeting dates and times can be found at www.townshipoftabernacle-nj.gov . The Tabernacle Rescue Squad and our volunteers have been serving you and our community since 1953. We look forward to continuing to serve our community, maybe even with you on our team!

2015 Tabernacle Rescue Squad

 

Who we are Week

Who we are Week: In this weekly series we would like to shine a light on who Tabernacle Rescue Squad is and what we provide to the community. Currently the township committee and an emergency services sub committee are discussing options on what emergency services will look like going forward in Tabernacle. TRS and it’s volunteers have been serving this great community since 1953 and look forward to continuing to do so. This week we would like to share with you, what that service looks like to our residents, provided by our residents. Today we look at Community Involvement:

One of the definitions of community is: “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” For our volunteers this comes easily given the fact that most of our volunteers are members of our community and our organization has been serving Taberancle since 1953. Our sense of community and how we can best serve our fellow neighbors guides all we do, whether on a call or deciding how to run our organization. Community involvement for TRS goes beyond the doors of our station however. The volunteers of TRS provide a standby crew for many community events. A “stand-by” crew is when we send an ambulance and a crew of volunteer EMTs to provide event coverage. This crew allows our duty crew, which you heard about on Monday, to remain available for emergency calls and usually utilizes our second or third rig. You will see our standby crews at every home Seneca Football game, the annual color run and other 5k’s, cycling events which occur in town, the robotics tournament, sports tournaments, band competitions, the annual Emilio Carranza memorial ceremony and many other events. If there is a large community event going on in town, more than likely you’ll see a TRS presence there. We also participate in other events, providing not just BLS coverage, but scene support. Events like our Community Fall Fest, our Community tree lighting this Friday, and our annual Memorial Day Parade. We can also be found supporting various school groups during their charity events as well as our fire department during fire prevention week. Though these stand-bys and events may not always be reflected in our call volume or be answering an emergency call they are an important part of what makes us part of our hometown. In addition, during some events, like football, our presence is required to have the event at all. More importantly though these kinds of functions bring our town together and remind us of why we love living in our small community and why we’re happy to serve you.


Community

 

Who we are Week

Who we are Week: In this weekly series we would like to shine a light on who Tabernacle Rescue Squad is and what we provide to the community. Currently the township committee and an emergency services sub committee are discussing options on what emergency services will look like going forward in Tabernacle. TRS and it’s volunteers have been serving this great community since 1953 and look forward to continuing to do so. This week we would like to share with you, what that service looks like to our residents, provided by our residents. Today we look at Training:

There is a saying in Emergency Services: Train like you work, and work like you train. Training is crucial to what we do at TRS for obvious reasons. Obtaining your EMT certification is not quite the same as getting your driver's license. There is of course a class you must attend and a test to pass before you can perform your duties as an EMT. That initial certification is just the beginning however as EMTs are required to obtain a certain number of continuing education credits each year and recertify every fifth year. Most if not all of that training is done in house for our volunteers. Each EMS agency is required to have a medical director whose direction we operate under. In TRS’s case this medical direction is provided by Virtua’s MORE program. This free program not only provides our needed medical direction but gives our organization access to instructors and classes at our own building once, or more, a month on average. Virtua is responsive to our needs as well, allowing our officers to request certain trainings each year based on our training goals. In this way we have also been able to provide more life saving services to our patients through special trainings on things such as epinephrine administration which not all squads can provide. This program has grown since we partnered with Virtua and they are able to open up our trainings to other emergency services agencies who may also be affiliated with Virtua. BLS is only one component of what we offer as you saw earlier in the week however and so it is with training. Rescue training occurs once or more a month as well. Most of these classes are held on site but volunteers also attend classes off site as was the case with the most recent Burlington County Technical Rescue Task Force training and various other trainings offered by the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center. Some of our volunteers have furthered their ability to give access to this crucial component of our volunteers certification by becoming certified Fire and EMT instructors themselves. We have worked to make The Emergency Services Building, which we, Pinelands CERT and the Tabernacle OEM call home, a certified training site through the NJOEMS. This allows even more options for training in house which helps keep our volunteers in town while they train, and therefore still able to respond to emergencies. We have also been able to bring in outside training agencies when their expertise would be beneficial to our members. Such was the case when Roadway Rescue provided training to our Rescuers and when we work alongside Pinelands Cert and our OEM to provide Equine Rescue training. The training that our agency conducts isn’t always centered around responders however. Several of our volunteers have spent their own time to become and maintain American Heart Association CPR instructor certifications. Having our own CPR instructors not only allows us to train our own responders in house but to offer CPR instruction to community organizations at a reduced cost for those organizations. We have provided this lifesaving training to countless members in our community through various church organizations, the Boy and Girl Scouts, coaches, and school programs. We also provide this required training to our local fire company and the NJ Forest Fire Service. This training makes our community ever more ready to assist and possibly save a life in the event of such a need. If your organization or group is interested in becoming CPR certified, please reach out to us.

training

 

Who we are Week

Who we are Week: In this weekly series we would like to shine a light on who Tabernacle Rescue Squad is and what we provide to the community. Currently the township committee and an emergency services sub committee are discussing options on what emergency services will look like going forward in Tabernacle. TRS and it’s volunteers have been serving this great township since 1953 and look forward to continuing to do so. This week we would like to share with you, what that service looks like to our residents, provided by our residents. Today we look at Rescue/Special Operations:

Rescue and Special Operations are one of our most misunderstood areas of service. Historically Emergency Squads began to train in vehicle extrication and other rescue operations because these are typically patient driven operations. This is why those in the industry say “we cut the car away from the patient, not the patient out of the car”. That small, yet crucial distinction reminds rescuers of the point of the endeavor. Over time many emergency squads had to give up Rescue due to manpower restraints and increasing BLS call volume. Tabernacle Rescue Squad is one of the few emergency squads who have been able to maintain and even grow this component of their patient driven service. TRS has not only continued to train and conduct vehicle extrication at high caliber, but has added to its rescue centered services. We now have a class of membership called Special Operations. Although most of our volunteers hold certifications in both areas of service, you can volunteer with our organization as a Special Operations member only. Because vehicle accidents are not the only thing our patients may need rescue from have grown our areas of service over the years after seeing a need in our community for such services. They now include Firefighter Rehabilitation through a working relationship with the County and Equine Rescue after joining forces with Pinelands CERT, OEM, and various Equine groups. We also have volunteers who are part of the Burlington County Technical Rescue Task Force who most recently attended hands on training on Grain Rescue, a valuable skill to serve our local farming community. Tabernacle operates Rescue 4399 (Big Blue) and Rehab 4398 (Little Blue) for these services. We also operate Marine 439 to provide water rescue and recovery and through another shared service with the County we operate Mass Casualty 43 to respond to large scale incidents. We are proud of the ability our organization has had to continue and even grow our offerings in these areas of Rescue to our patients and those in need. We are proud of our Special Operation volunteers and their many commendations and Hurst Green Cross Awards for exceptional extrications performed by the Tabernacle Rescue Squad. Our service to our community remains to be, as it always has been, about the best outcome for all who need our assistance.

rescue/special ops

 

Who we are Week

Who we are Week: This week we would like to shine a light on who the Tabernacle Rescue Squad is and what we provide to the community. Currently the township committee and an emergency services sub committee are discussing options on what they would like emergency services to look like going forward in Tabernacle. TRS and it’s volunteers have been serving this great community since 1953 and look forward to continuing to do so. This week we would like to share with you each day, a different part of what that service looks like to our residents, provided by our residents. Today we look at BLS: 

BLS providers. When you think of Tabernacle Rescue Squad you probably think of ambulances. Although that’s not all we do, it is a majority of the over 900 calls we answer annually. Our volunteers operate 4 ambulances. 4391, 92, and 94 are the standard ambulances you may think of, but we also utilize an off road ambulance, 4393, for rescuing individuals in need of our aid in the large swaths of wooded areas in our township. Our first out ambulance is staffed with at least 2 state certified volunteer EMT’s at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This duty crew program is staffed in 6 hour increments but many of our volunteers serve in 12 hour shifts or more at a time. These volunteers remain in town ready to answer any call which occurs during their shift for their hours of duty crew. We are proud of our ability to not just answer 1st rig calls, but also 2nd and 3rd rig calls when our duty crew is answering another call or a call requires more than one ambulances. We are not the only ones who have recognized this excellence however, the State of New Jersey Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services recognized us at their annual statewide conference as the Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency in the state for 2013.

BLS

 

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2017
CALL STATISTICS
JANUARY  103
FEBRUARY  53 
MARCH  91 
APRIL  92 
MAY  88 
JUNE  84 
JULY  78 
AUGUST  87 
SEPTEMBER  89 
OCTOBER  88 
NOVEMBER   
DECEMBER   
YTD  853

 

2016
CALL STATISTICS
JANUARY  61
FEBRUARY  70 
MARCH  74 
APRIL  71 
MAY  78 
JUNE  74 
JULY  101 
AUGUST  73 
SEPTEMBER  71 
OCTOBER  99 
NOVEMBER  77 
DECEMBER  89 
YTD  938

 

 

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