David Ley

The Officers and membership regret to announce the untimely passing of EMT David Ley. David has been a member of South Toms River EMS since 2013. In addition to also volunteering for South Toms River EMS, volunteer with the Island Heights Fire Department and also served in the British Military. Dave Ley, you will be  sorely missed.

 

May you now Rest In Peace.

 

m2RIP Papa Krohnstrems-dave-ley

Carbon Monoxide Meters carried by STREMS.

 

CO Meter attached to Medical bag.July 30, 2013 – The South Toms River Volunteer First Aid Squad has recently installed four new single gas carbon monoxide detectors on all medical bags carried by EMS personnel in the department. These detectors were purchased by the squad via fundraising efforts.

CARBON MONOXIDE GAS – A BRIEF OVERVIEW:

Carbon monoxide or “CO” is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that may be deadly if present in a high enough concentration.  Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the fuel burning process and the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.  Many gas operated appliances such as heaters, dryers, stove tops, ovens, fireplaces and hot water heaters may produce carbon monoxide gas.  When a faulty or unusual condition exists with any one of these appliances, carbon monoxide may be vented into a living space where people are present.

Carbon monoxide poisoning may be difficult to diagnose.  Symptoms are similar to that of the flu which may include headache, nausea, fatigue, and dizzy spells.  More serious symptoms include shortness of breath, vomiting, altered mental status, syncope and unconsciousness.  Crews shall maintain a high index of suspicion for the presence of carbon monoxide gas when treating patients who present with the above mentioned symptoms, especially during the cold weather months. 

EMS INTENT ON CARRYING CARBON MONOXIDE METERS:

                The intent was when an EMS incident is dispatched that the monitors, which are continuously in the on position, would assist emergency medical responders in determining if there is carbon monoxide present while providing patient care.

                The reason the Squad decided to equip their responders with this tool is because during hurricane sandy and the following winter storm the responders were exposed to potentially hazardous conditions that they were unaware of. Carbon Monoxide is a Colorless Odorless Gas which can be fatal with High Exposure.

There were two calls in which our agency responded, where homeowners were using gas appliances to heat their home during power outages causing the homeowners to feel ill. EMS responded to these homes and noticed signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Unfortunately this was after unknowingly placing themselves in a potentially dangerous situation and becoming exposed for a short period of time.  In order to prevent this from occurring and to keep our responders safe the squad is now equipped with Single Gas CO Meters.

                What these meters will do for responders is alert them of Low Readings 35ppm and High Readings 200ppm. At this time responders will react to their department policy , and will evacuate the residence with the patient if possible and notify the fire department for response with their more thorough gas meters.  

 

NJ Move Over Law

Slow Down! Move Over With Care! It could be our lives you will be saving.

New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2

Procedure for motorist approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.

A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500

About STRFAS

South Toms River Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer organization that depends largely on fundraising and voluntary contributions from the citizens of our service area. Donations made to South Toms River First Aid allow us to preserve our current equipment and to purchase the most advanced medical equipment available to serve the residents of South Toms River and Manitou Park Section of Berkley Township. You can help us to provide the outstanding service to the community for which we have been known to provide for over 50 years! South Toms River Volunteer First Aid Squad is also Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as a BLS Provider since June of 2015.

2013 Incidents: 1079 – 689 Patient Care Reports Entered

2014 Incidents:  1129- 772 Patient Care Reports Entered 

2015 Incidents:  1006- 716 Patient Care Reports Entered  

2016 Incidents: 836 – 592 Patient Care Reports Entered

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December  2016

Total Incidents: 57

33 – calls in our Primary Area
8 – calls were turned over to another agency
1 – calls were canceled prior to response by pd

22 Requests for mutual aid
STREMS answered 6 of those requests
15 of the requests were cancels as the primary squad had a crew
1 call our Officers/ Crews assisted other towns.
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January 2016 – December 31, 2016

Total Incidents: 836

494 Calls in our Primary Area
46 Total Calls were Turn Overs                                             (91% Answer Rate)                    5 Calls we were cancelled by STRPD before responding 

291 Requests for Mutual Aid
114 were answered
177 were cancels
There are 34 calls that our Officers or Crews have assisted another agency on

9 Calls were assigned to STREMS in error
8 Calls were created for Coverage or EMS Information                                                         10 Calls were not assigned an Incident # for our Agency

**All call statistics are recorded by STREMS are a reflection of the calls created by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. All information is accurate**

Updated 12/31/2016

 


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