Monday, May 6, 2013
The second annual Second Alarmers Rescue Squad Carnival fundraiser will take place from Tuesday through Saturday at Crestmont Park.
The second annual Second Alarmers Rescue Squad’s spring carnival will return to Crestmont Park, located at Reservoir Ave. and Old Welsh Road, across from the Willow Grove Park Mall, Tuesday through Saturday. The following information is courtesy of Second Alarmers Rescue Squad This community event, which attracted thousands from all over the Delaware Valley, will feature thrill rides, carnival games, delicious food, live entertainment and more. Come on out and have some funnel cake or take a spin on the Merry Go Round. For those who are more daring, take a ride on the brand new Round Up, Scrambler or the infamous ‘Ring of Fire’. A family ride called ‘Charlie Chopper’ will amaze riders. This first of its kind helicopter ride, which combines…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Willow Grove charities will make a presentation of funds to Second Alarmers to help with 'Violent Trauma' response supplies on Feb. 20.
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Tuesday, February 12
On Wednesday, February 20, members of Willow Grove Charities, a local organization that raises funds to support both Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad (SARS) and local families in need through programs such as the Greater Willow Grove Golf Open, will be presenting over $6,500 in funding to SARS in support the department's “Violent Trauma Supply” program. Tragically, almost every day there is a report of a “violent event”, such as a school or workplace shooting, somewhere in the United States. While society tries to come to grips with these increasingly-frequent occurrences, much time is being devoted to looking for ways to deter, predict, and prevent such horrific acts from happening in the first place. While the members of SARS are hopeful …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The award will be presented at the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute Dinner on November 19th in Camp Hill.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad (SARS) is proud to announce that it has been named 2012 EMS Agency of the Year by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. EMS Agency of the Year is awarded to an ambulance squad for their contribution to the development and growth of quality pre-hospital care within their community. SARS is being recognized for providing excellent pre-hospital emergency medical care and also actively contributing to the community. SARS has established a Community and Healthcare Provider CPR course program to educate both community members and other first responders. SARS played an instrumental role in the Willow Grove 300th anniversary in 2011; participating in one of the largest and most successful events of the…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad executive director Renee Bates discusses why it’s important to recognize EMS providers.
May 20 – 26 marks the nationwide observance of EMS Week. As described on the American College of Emergency Physicians website, during this week, communities around the country took the opportunity to recognize the individuals who, “provide the lifesaving services of medicine’s ‘front line.’” “We recognize the invaluable lifesaving work that is carried out through our communities by those who have been ‘called’ to serve,” Renee Bates, Second Alarmers Rescue Squad’s executive director, told Patch in a correspondence Speaking on this year’s EMS Week theme, “More than a Job, A Calling,” Bates described those in the Emergency Medical Services as highly dedicated individuals. “We do this job, because we love it,” Bates said. “We love the rush of…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Muddy Angels stop in Whitpain on their trip to Virginia form Boston.
Nearly 90 bicyclists stopped in Whitpain on their journey from Boston to Alexandria, VA on Wednesday afternoon. The Muddy Angels, started their trip on Friday in Boston and will finish the tour of the east cost on Friday in Alexandria, VA. Along the way, they ride through Rhode Island, Ne York, including New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Riders are from all over the country, from Maine to Florida, and including California and Washington State. In the past riders from Canada, Germany and Ireland have joined the Muddy Angels in the sojourn. The group rides to honor the EMS workers who have died in the line of duty and advocate for safety of emergency services equipment and healthy emergency service workers. Jim Perkins, Public …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad wants to be the first carnival of the summer season for a number of reasons.
The Second Alarmers Rescue Squad (SARS) will hold its inaugural carnival event from May 8 – 12. The carnival will feature thrill rides for all ages, carnival games, as well as food and live entertainment. Such family-friendly attractions include a merry-go-round to more thrilling "Gravitron" and "Ring of Fire." According to a related press release, a new ride, called the "Cloud Buster," will be a helicopter ride that combines high-flying fun and technology. And, while the carnival is set to provide fun for the entire family, it is also a valuable outreach event for the EMS organization. “Second Alarmers is hosting the first carnival of the summer season for a number of reasons,” Renee Bates, SARS newly appointed executive director, said in…
Monday, April 23, 2012
Ever wanted to know how to save a life? Second Alarmers Rescue Squad has the course for you.
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad (SARS) holds a CPR training course every third Saturday of the month. The next course will take place this coming Saturday, April 28, at the SARS main station, located in Willow Grove. “SARS is an organization that does more than simply ‘transport’ a sick or injured person to the hospital. If we can do anything to help prevent an injury or help make people aware of a possible illness, we will,” Renee Bates, SARS executive director, said in an e-mail. “CPR courses are one way.” CPR, which stands for “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” is first aid training in which chest compressions are conducted in order to restore blood circulation and breathing for someone who may be experiencing cardiac arrest. “Brain tissue …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Renee Bates will fill the role vacated by Jamie Haddon, who resigned in February.
Just under two months after previous executive director Jamie Haddon left his post, the Second Alarmers Rescue Squad announced that long-time Captain of Operations, Renee Bates, will assume the role. Prior to her appointment, Bates, through her position as Captain of Operations, was tasked with various duties, including providing emergency medical care, supervising crews, training, coordinating continuing education and ensuring quality assurance. Since joining Second Alarmers as a volunteer in 1992, Bates quickly rose through the ranks becoming a sergeant and secretary on the nonprofit association's board of directors. Bates later transitioned into a fulltime paramedic position and later became captain of operations. She has also …
Monday, August 22, 2011
The event is open to the public and will take place on Sept. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Upper Moreland High School.
The Third District Fire Chiefs will host a Memorial Service to remember the heroes and victims of 9/11. This September marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. “The memorial service gives us an opportunity to come together and remember what happened 10 years ago,” Rev. Paul Randolph, a chaplain and radio officer of Huntingdon Valley Fire Company, said. “We’ve set aside time to recognize those who gave their lives and pay tribute to and give thanks to the first responders and military.” The event is open to the public and will take place on Sept. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Upper Moreland High School, located on 3000 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. “I believe this event, and one's like it throughout the community are important and have different…
Friday, July 29, 2011
SARS is "lucky" to receive a World Trade Center beam that will be incorporated into a monument for dedication on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Amid blaring emergency vehicles and a paramedic playing the bagpipes, a piece of American history rolled into Whitpain Wednesday to help residents “Never Forget.” A 3,100 pound steel beam from the World Trade Center (WTC) was picked up by Second Alarmers Rescue Squad (SARS) personnel from at a JFK International Airport hangar. Enrico Roman Inc. provided a truck and trailer that hauled the 12.5-foot beam to the township building. Once off the turnpike, the beam was escorted by local police and fire departments. On Jolly Road, “a hundred Henkles and McCoy employees waved flags” as the beam rolled past them, said SARS President William Crielly. He said an old man wearing a straw hat removed it, and placed it over his heart. Cars pulled aside …