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The Pennington First Aid Squad Logo

The Pennington First Aid Squad Logo




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(left to right) Hopewell EMU Deputy Chief Heather Varrasse, and EMT Norm Fiel, Carron Morris, David Anderson secure patient, student actor Simon Evans, to board





15-Oct-2019
10th annual KOC Shield Awards

The Knights of Columbus Hopewell Council 7103 hosted their 10th annual Shield Awards at Villa Francesco restaurant in Pennington. This event honors local EMS, fire, and police. This year's awards went to Kirk Schmitt (EMS, PFAS), Tom Blackwell (firefighter, Pennington Fire Company), Novin Thomas (Pennington police) and Detective Mark Panzano (Hopewell Township Police). Mark Davis was a guest speaker. He spoke about his book, Through the Water and Fire, recounting his experiences on Swift Boats during the Vietnam war.

KOC shield winners

Left to right. Kirk Schmitt, Tom Blackwell, Novin Thomas, Mark Panzano

6-Oct-2019
Goldfeder visits PFAS

William Goldfeder, well known author, fire safety advocate and Deputy Chief for the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Ohio visited PFAS with his family. He began his EMS/fire career in 1973 as a junior member of PFAS. While touring PFAS, he traded stories with Captain Muccioli and Treasurer Kirk Schmitt. He reported that he and Larry Taylor did many of the PFAS daytime calls in 1973 and 1974. Both were 5-points responders. He told us that the biggest controversy he was involved in was attempting to change the knee length white overcoats to something else and can be seen with his waist length version and other pictures under our historic pictures tab.

Goldfeder and PFAS officers with 151-3

Left to right. John Muccioli (Captain), William Goldfeder and his son, Kirk Schmitt(Treasurer)

3-Oct-2019
Brandywine Assisted Living Presents Check to PFAS

Brandywine Assisted Living recently held a yard sale organized by Lauren Strano, Escapades Director, for the enjoyment of its residents and the benefit of the Pennington First Aid Squad and Pennington Fire Company. Tonight the checks were presented to the Squad and Fire Company by Ellen Moyle, Executive Director.

Brandywine presents check

Left to right. Brandywine Executive Director Ellen Moyle presents check to Pennington First Aid Squad Captain, John Muccioli and Treasurer, Kirk Schmitt

12-Sep-2019
Announcing Memorial Services for Richard Bailey

A memorial service will be held for Richard Bailey on Saturday October 5th, from 9am-11am at the Pennington First Aid Squad building, 110 Broemel Place, Pennington, NJ 08534. A graveside service will follow at 12:00pm at Trinity-All Saints Cemetery, All Saints Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. Those attending the graveside service are invited to attend lunch afterward at a restaurant to be determined. Any agency seeking additional information can email the . Obituary from family.

Dick Bailey

Richard Bailey

Dick joined Pennington First Aid Squad in 1975 and was the second highest responder of all time for PFAS. He served as Vice President for 3 years, Trustee for 9 years and was the Squad's representative to the 9th District of the New Jersey State First Aid Council for 37 years. He was instrumental in establishing the PFAS dedication to education. Together with his late wife and past PFAS Captain, Jessie Bailey, he established the Cardiac Defender Program at PFAS in the 1970's which taught community CPR to hundreds of Pennington and Hopewell Township residents. He and Jessie taught many EMT courses at the Pennington First Aid Squad in a tiny training room. The classes often spilled over into the ambulance bays for lack of space for practicals. He was among the first paramedics in NJ and answered many calls as a paramedic back in the days when volunteer squads like PFAS operated paramedic ambulances as part of the Lifemobile program. He instilled in his daughter, Heather, and son, Richard Jr, his excitement for EMS. From the 70's to 90's there were few calls at PFAS that did not have at least one Bailey on the ambulance. He will be missed and his legacy not forgotten.

18-Aug-2019
7000 Calls

EMT Kirk Schmitt answered his 7000th call today. Since joining the PFAS in 1989, EMT Schmitt has often been the top responder. He has also served as Captain and First and Second Assistant Captain. He is currently Treasurer of the PFAS. He has been webmaster for the Squad since 2007. His call total is the highest of any PFAS member past or present.

1989-9-30 MVA, star-cracked windshield, Kirk Schmitt, Dick Bailey, Jerri Grandi, Andy Kuivenhoven

1989-9-30 MVA, star-cracked windshield, Kirk Schmitt, Dick Bailey, Jerri Grandi, Andy Kuivenhoven.

20-Aug-2019
Richard Bailey

Dick Bailey

Richard Bailey

We were saddened to learn of the passing today of Dick Bailey. Dick joined PFAS in 1975 and was the second highest responder of all time for the PFAS, answering over 4000 calls for service at a time when our call volume was a third to half what it is today. He served as Vice President for 3 years, Trustee for 9 years and was the Squad's representative to the 9th District of the New Jersey State First Aid Council for 37 years. He was instrumental in establishing the PFAS dedication to education. Together with his wife, Jessie Bailey, he established the Cardiac Defender Program at PFAS in the 1970's which taught community CPR to hundreds of Pennington and Hopewell Township residents. He and Jessie taught many EMT courses at the Pennington First Aid Squad in a tiny training room, with minimal equipment or audio visual aids. The classes often spilled over into the ambulance bays for lack space for practicals. He was an early paramedic and answered many calls as a paramedic back in the days when volunteer squads like PFAS were allowed to have paramedic ambulances. He instilled his daughter, Heather, and son, Richard Jr, with his excitement for EMS. From the 70's to 90's there were few calls that did not have at least one Bailey on the ambulance. PFAS pictures may be found here. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at PFAS October 5th. Details to follow.

6-Aug-2019
National Night Out

PFAS joined Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Pennington Fire Company, the Hopewell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Unit, and the Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad and for this combination show-and-tell and musical entertainment. The event was sponsored by the Hopewell Township police and held at Stony Brook Elementary School. More pictures by MaryJane can be seen at this link.

National Night Out

EMT Brandon Sobel, Zoe Nadeau and James Li give tours of the ambulance, demonstrate procedures and answer questions. Picture used by permission of MaryJane

30-Mar-2019
PFAS Winter EMT Class Graduates 10

The winter EMT class has produced 10 EMT candidates. Most are riding for Hopewell Valley Squads. More pictures from the class are posted here. Click on image for higher resolution version.

Winter 2019 EMT class

Back row, left to right: Richard Thomas; Dan Boone, instructor; Joel Pszczolkowski; Maria Tello, Justin Immordino; Chris Womack; Paul Haddad; Mia Carrell; Jeffrey Covington; Caitlyn Chione; Caitlin Bowman

Front row, left to right: Instructors Debby Gorczycki, Julie Aberger, Cindy Orlandi

8-Jan-2019
New Officers and Trustees for 2019 Installed

2019 Officers

Back row, left to right: Heather Varrasse (First Assistant Captain), Kirk Schmitt (Treasurer), John Muccioli (Captain), Neal Blackwell (Trustee), Rob Ross (President), Art Bogad (Trustee), Aaron Bell (Vice President)

(Front row, left to right): Tara Long (Corresponding Secretary), Shelley Pennington (Second Assistant Captain), Joan Schwarzwalder (Recording Secretary)

Missing: Naomi McCarty (Trustee)

The Squad welcomed several new officers and trustees this year but will miss departing, faithful officers and trustee. Notably, Jon and June Guerard elected to retire. Jon and June were a husband and wife team who anchored our Tuesday night crew for over twenty years.

Jon joined the Squad in September of 1989. During his nearly 30 years with the Squad he responded to 2274 calls. He was a Trustee from 1996 to the present and oversaw much of the expansion construction which saw the Squad's building grow from a garage barely capable of holding a box and two Cadillacs to the larger structure we have today which houses offices, sleeping quarters, a kitchen, the large facilities needed by our training site and crew quarters.

June joined the Squad in October of 1990. During her 28 years with the Squad she responded to 1471 calls. She was our Recording Secretary from 1996 to the present. She set a very high bar for the detail and accuracy of the records she kept and much of our historical legacy over this period is due to her record keeping.

3-Jan-2019 Winter EMT Class Now Underway

The class is underway with 17 students, 10 potential EMT for the Hopewell Valley's volunteer first aid squads

17-Nov-2018
Winter EMT Class Open for Enrollment

Please click on the Training tab to learn about and enroll in the next EMT class to be taught at PFAS

24-Apr-2018
PFAS and Pennington Fire meet with Pennington Point Condominium Association.

Officers and members of PFAS and Pennington fire met with residents of Woolsey Court as a public outreach to talk about our fire and EMS services, what we do, how we are financed, how and when to get help. The discussions were well received.

PFAS and Pennington Fire representatives

Front row, left to right: Gareth Sutherland, PFC and PFAS; Linsay Becker, PFAS; Shelley Pennington, PFAS; John Muccioli, Captain PFAS
Back row, left to right: Rob Ross, PFAS, Chris Womack, PFC; Myles Ackerson, PFAS and PFC; Nick Gaudioso, Chief PFC; Neal Blackwell, President PFC and Trustee PFAS
Photo by Carole Allison, President PPCA Board, used with permission.