Passing of Life Member Francis "J" Borowsky

The Tabernacle Rescue Squad regrets to announce the passing of Life member Francis "J" Borowsky. J dedicated his life to emergency services and spent countless hours rendering medical aid to those in need. Beyond his service as an EMT with our organization and others he served in many leadership roles. He served most recently as our treasurer, a position he held for many years. Our growth and success as a volunteer organization often relied on his skill and adept nature for making sure we had the financial ability to achieve our organizational goals. J's service did not only include his time in Tabernacle, he was also both a life member of Shamong EMS and Medford EMS. J also spent many years serving the Burlington County First Aid Council and the New Jersey First Aid Council (now The EMS Council of New Jersey). J not only served as a delegate from Tabernacle Rescue Squad, Shamong EMS, and Medford EMS at both the county and state level but also served as 22nd District Vice President, Assistant District Education Chairman, and served on both the NJSFAC Convention Committee and District Standards Committee. J was far more than this extensive list of accomplishments and service however. He was a mentor to many, and a friend to all. For all these reasons J was honored in 2012 during the dedication of our new home and ambulance 4391, which was dedicated in his honor. 4391 will now continue to serve our community in the memory of his sense of duty and service to the town of Tabernacle and our organization. He will be greatly missed by the members of Tabernacle Rescue Squad, and by countless others. Rest easy brother, we've got it from here.

 

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February is Heart Disease Awareness Month


According to the the CDC "Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable". This month we would like the time to remind everyone of the importance of maintianing a healthy heart. We have provided some tips below from the CDC on how to help prevent heart disease. 

 

One Step at a Time

 

As you begin your journey to better heart health, keep these things in mind:

 

  • Don't become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
  • Don't go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don't get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night's sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.

Plan for Prevention

Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—adults should have at least 5 servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet also can lower your blood pressure. For more information on healthy diet and nutrition, visit CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site andChooseMyPlate.govExternal Web Site Icon.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person's body fat. If you know your weight and height, you can calculate your BMI at CDC's Assessing Your Weight Web site.
    • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. For more information, see CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site.
    • Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at home, at a pharmacy, or at a doctor's office. Find more information at CDC's High Blood Pressure Web site.
    • Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit. For more information about tobacco use and quitting, see CDC's Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site and Smokefree.govExternal Web Site Icon.
    • Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one. For more information, visit CDC's Alcohol and Public Health Web site.
    • Have your cholesterol checked. Your health care provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. Talk with your doctor about this simple blood test. You can find out more from CDC's High Cholesterol Web site.
    • Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your doctor about treatment options. Visit CDC's Diabetes Public Health Resourcefor more information.
    • Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don't understand something.

      (Source: February is American Heart Month. (2013, February 4). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved February 10, 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/)


 

 

Happy New Years from Tabernacle Rescue Squad

As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone for the continued support you have shown Tabernacle Rescue Squad, whether it be in the form of a donation, volunteering your time, or just a “thank you”, we truly appreciate you.

The Officers and Members of Tabernacle Rescue Squad wish you and yours a happy and safe New Year. We look forward to continuing to serve the Residents of Tabernacle Township in 2016. 

Happy New Year

 

Track Santa Claus on his Journey Through Tabernacle

Santa will continue his journey around Tabernacle Thursday and Friday Nights. Remember to check the street listing posted earlier to see when you'll be getting a visit. Streets are listed in approximate order but some sections of larger roads will be visited at different times. Listen for the sirens and keep an eye out for the volunteers of Tabernacle Rescue. Santa can be tracked in a real time map by clicking here

We look forward to seeing you!

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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!

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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

 

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2017
CALL STATISTICS
JANUARY  103
FEBRUARY  53 
MARCH  91 
APRIL  92 
MAY  88 
JUNE  84 
JULY   
AUGUST   
SEPTEMBER   
OCTOBER   
NOVEMBER   
DECEMBER   
YTD  511

 

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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