National EMS Week

Honoring the people who answer the call

May 18, 2021, Scotch Plains, NJ  – May 17th through May 22nd is National EMS Week, which was instituted in 1974 by President Gerald Ford. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate EMS practitioners and the important services they provide to our nation’s communities. This past year has made that more apparent than ever.

Dealing with COVID-19 has pushed many in the industry to the brink of despair and exhaustion, but even so, they continue to answer the call. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad (SPRS) is fortunate to have EMTs who put their own safety concerns aside to help their neighbors in need. Over the past year, there’s actually been an influx of applicants who wanted to join in the fight against this deadly pandemic, and the squad is thankful for this additional help.  

During the worst days of the COVID-19 crisis, residents and business owners often showed their gratitude by delivering meals to the EMTs on duty. This outpouring of appreciation made a meaningful impact on all those serving.

In its 84th year of service, this life-saving organization’s volunteers are proud to be here for the community of Scotch Plains and surrounding towns, handling all types of emergency calls. New members are always welcome to assist with calls, as well as standbys at high school football games, summer concerts on the Village Green, Scotch Plains Day, and other community events. In addition, squad members provide demonstrations for Boy and Girl Scout troops, clubs, and any other groups that may be interested in learning about what the squad does.

For more information, or to volunteer or donate, please go to or call (908) 322-2103 (for non-emergencies).

Contributing Author:  Susan Baldani, a life member of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad.

2 thoughts on “National EMS Week

  1. Great article Sue. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad has always been a wonderful service to not.only.the residents there but at times surrounding towns when needed. Honoring ALL EMT’S is something we should always do. God bless you all .

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