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Plainfield Rescue Squad teams have two successful CPR saves over a two day period...
October 19, 2001

The chances of successfully saving someone from cardiac arrest is  well below 50%, and that chance increases greatly depending on how long the patient has been in arrest.  With that said, the chance of having two successful CPR saves over the course of 2 days is very slim.

On November 15, 2001, at approximately 2:30pm, a team from Plainfield Rescue Squad responded and successfully resuscitated a 69 year old patient in the midst of respiratory arrest.  The crew consisted of EMT Carlos Negron, EMT Charlie Martina, and Cadet Paul Nannery.  Paramedics from Muhlenberg Hospital also responded to the scene, and the patient was transported to Muhlenberg Hospital where they were transferred to the intensive care unit.

On the following day, November 16, 2001, Plainfield Rescue Squad responded to another call for a 53 year old patient in cardiac arrest at approximately 9:10am.  The team successfully resuscitated the patient, who was later transferred to the intensive care unit of Muhlenberg Hospital.  The PRS team consisted of EMT Jenny Pernell, EMT Charlie Martina, and Cadet Paul Nannery.  A team of paramedics from Muhlenberg Hospital also responded to aid the patient.

About Plainfield Rescue Squad: Plainfield Rescue Squad is a 51 year old non-profit organization that provides Emergency Medical Services to the city of Plainfield and the surrounding community.  The squad is run by volunteer officers and is composed of both volunteer and paid staff.  Each year, the squad responds to approximately 6,000 calls for emergency medical care, performs standbys for community events, and sends speakers to local schools and community groups to discuss first aid and the emergency medical services.

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A new truck, funded by the city, is on the road
March 15, 2001

199, the newest ambulance of Plainfield Rescue Squad, was purchased by the city for us to use. Actually this represents the first ambulance purchased for us by the city in recent history.  We realize the amount of work needed for the city to get the funding to help us with a new ambulance (over $90,000), and we are very grateful. We feel that the city of Plainfield has extended to us a great vote of confidence, and we appreciate that. This ambulance represents the first time in almost five years that the city has offered direct monetary assistance to the squad, and it could not have come at a better time.

Even with billing, the financial realities of the increased cost of health care are staggering. Up until last year, when we purchased a new vehicle with our own funding (198), the newest ambulance in our fleet was almost 10 years old and had close to 100,000 miles. For your personal vehicle, this isn't so bad, but for an ambulance in a squad that does over 6,700 calls a year, this is ancient. We were paying exorbitant amounts every year for mechanics fees, but we didn't have enough money to purchase the kind of vehicles we desperately needed. The cost of salaries, insurance, building maintenance, repair, and other miscellaneous costs, gave us little room to upgrade our fleet. That's where 199 was a godsend. Along with the purchase of 198, we finally have 50% of our active ambulance fleet upgraded, but the other 50% of the fleet is still very old, and will cost close to $200,000 to upgrade. Both of the older ambulances are from the 1980's, and are starting to show their age.

We are a busy place. We answer over 6,700 calls a year (in comparison, most squads in this area, in a given year, answer about 1,500-2,500 calls). We've reached a point where with the lack of volunteers, a lot of the surrounding municipalities call for our assistance during times when they may not be able to get an ambulance.  The generosity of the city in purchasing 199 has been invaluable towards helping us offset the cost of what it will take to provide EMS in the future, but we know we need to be more aggressive about soliciting support from the business community and general population, to help us provide better EMS services in Plainfield. 

About Plainfield Rescue Squad: Plainfield Rescue Squad is a 51 year old non-profit organization that provides Emergency Medical Services to the city of Plainfield and the surrounding community.  The squad is run by volunteer officers and is composed of both volunteer and paid staff.  Each year, the squad responds to approximately 6,000 calls for emergency medical care, performs standbys for community events, and sends speakers to local schools and community groups to discuss first aid and the emergency medical services.

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