The Plainsboro Rescue Squad is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity and is funded entirely by tax-exempt voluntary contributions from individuals and organizations. The Plainsboro Rescue Squad is the 911 Emergency Medical Service of the township of Plainsboro NJ, also known as Station 100. Station 100 responds to all 911 calls on medical emergencies, assisting the police department and the fire department to provide life-saving care to the sick and the injured. It operates with an advanced set of state of the art ambulances and equipment with highly trained EMTs. Everything from the ambulances, to uniforms, bandages and medical oxygen is paid for by donations and charitable grants.
So what would happen if there was no Plainsboro Rescue Squad?
The Township currently staffs one ambulance crew for 12 hours per day, Monday through Friday. This is called "Plainsboro Township EMS." If the Township were to provide 24-hour per day coverage, an additional 6 to 8 employees would be needed. Still, that would only provide a single crew at a time. At least once per week, multiple calls come in a short amount of time such that two or more ambulances are needed simultaneously. Most PRS members keep their pagers on at all times so they can respond when need occurs. In the few instances where more than three ambulances are needed, the dispatcher calls a neighboring town for assistance. Other towns respond because our squad responds to them when they are unable to handle their high call volume.
In the suburbs (like Plainsboro), it is vital to have people volunteering so that there are sufficient crews available when multiple ambulances are needed. In cities, there are usually several stations with overlapping coverage areas to handle these situations. It would be impractical to have paid staff waiting on second and third assignments in an area like ours. PRS volunteers have provided this coverage for more than 40 years.
We do it because we love what we do, and we know we are needed, but we also need support from the community. Click here if you need more information.
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