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STREMS WELCOMES Dr. Ken Lavelle MD

South Toms River EMS is proud to announce bringing on a new asset to our agency, We have decided to bring aboard Dr. Ken Lavelle, MD, FACEP, NREMT-P as our EMS Medical Director. Dr. Lavelle will be providing all Medical Direction and oversight to our agency. By having Dr. Lavelle as our Medical director it will improve patient care and the education of the members of South Toms River EMS.

2014 Update from the Chief

A view of the Reflective Safety Chevrons on the back of 376 & 378

A view of the Reflective Safety Chevrons on the back of 376 & 378

Hello Everyone,

This update is as of 09/07/2014 1700hrs

Being a 100% volunteer agency, STREMS strives to provide our residents and
surrounding communities with the best possible care we can. The following
is our Yearly Call Stats separated by town that we have responded to.

Currently we have 56 Members on our Roster which includes Active, Life,
and Cadets.

Currently we have 35 Members who actively respond to calls or

Currently our members combined have provided over 9000 hours of service to
the borough.

Primary Response Area
South Toms River- 290
Manitou Park- 36
TOTAL- 326

Mutual Aid Responses
Beachwood- 90
Holiday City/Holiday Heights/Silver Ridge Park- 66
Pine Beach- 18
Bayville/Pinewald- 15
Toms River Twp.- 7
Ocean Gate- 2
Lanoka Harbor- 1
TOTAL- 199

Standbys out of town where we transported-
New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt- 4
The Horse Park of NJ in Upper Freehold Township- 2

531 Calls Total Answered by STREMS

Calls Turned over to Mutual Aid Agencies- 40 from either Crews
Unavailable, or crew already on a call.

To date Ocean County Sheriffs Department Communications Division has
dispatched our agency to 781 calls to date.

There was 210 Calls that were dispatched and either canceled prior to
response, Calls that were called in by officers where Patient Care Reports
were not generated, or calls that were assigned to our agency on mistake.

Thank you for your time,

Chief Robert M. Krohn, EMT-B
South Toms River Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad, INC.
www.strfas.org

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

The South Toms River Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad is holding a Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Please help us raise the funds for the enhancement of the safety of one of our ambulances. Please see any squad member to place your order in person or go here to be directed to our online store which will be shipped directly to you. Any questions feel free to email fundraising@strfas.org . Sale Ends 10/31/2014

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.  

 

Vial of Life Project

The Vial of Life Project

We are quite proud to offer Vial of Life decals to the community at no charge. We feel that the Vial of Life is such an
important program for protecting seniors.

We would like to thank American Senior Safety Agency Medical Alert Systems for their donation of these decals to our organization.

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 nearly 50 years!

2013 Incidents: 1079 – 689 Patient Care Reports Entered (as of 12/31/2013)

2014 Incidents:  781 – 525 Patient Care Reports Entered (as of 09/07/2014