Chatham Emergency Squad

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Chatham Emergency Squad partnered with police and fire departments for mass casualty incident drill

The Chatham Emergency Squad in conjunction with the Chatham Township Police Department and the Chatham Township Fire Department recently conducted a day-long training session and drill at the fire department station on River Road.

The focus of the training was mass casualty incidents (MCIs) and first responders’ roles in handling these emergency situations. An MCI is a worst-case scenario requiring multiple ambulances and police, fire, and rescue crews, such as a train derailment, a bus accident, or a hazardous-material leak.

These situations involve extensive coordination, special procedures, and additional training in order for the Squad, police, and fire departments to handle whatever situation may arise. The training included a hands-on drill involving a scenario designed to practice procedures and skills. This year’s training scenario was a multiple-injury multiple-motor-vehicle accident.

All three of Chatham's ambulances and multiple fire engines were involved in the drills, which also included tools and equipment specifically developed for large-scale emergency situations. Local Chatham residents volunteered their time to role-play as patients for the practice scenarios. Some of the role-playing patients simulated being entrapped in the vehicles, giving the fire department the opportunity to practice their extraction techniques.

According to Tim Brown, the Squad’s MCI Training Manager, "While we hope these disastrous situations will never occur in Chatham, the possibility exists, and our job is to be ready and be prepared to respond."

Training sessions and drills like this allow your Chatham Emergency Squad to enhance their skills and preparedness for the worst-case scenarios. Last year the Squad practiced a series of drills on their own; this year the Squad was pleased to have the police and fire departments join them. This partnership more accurately reflects how Chatham first responders would handle a mass casualty incident.

Squad member Richard Crater wins EMT Excellence Award

Squad member Richard Crater received an EMT Excellence Award by Overlook Medical Center on May 24, 2017. He is currently President of the Squad, and is also the Fund Drive Manager, a very important position as almost all of our operational and capital expenses are paid for through citizen donations. Rich has also served as Personnel VP and Finance VP. He has been a Squad member for 16 years.

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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.

Read the Squad's annual report

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

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.