Seabrook Community Recognizes Tinton Falls First Responders’ Professionalism, Dedication and Compassion With Gift
TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Borough of Tinton Falls has an approximate population of 20,000 residents with nearly eight-percent living at the Seabrook retirement community on Essex Rd. Seabrook is well aware of its large population, including nearly 1,000 employees.
Thankfully, the borough recognizes this as well- especially its police, fire and EMS first responders who have been providing emergency assistance to the community for the past 17 years.
The Seabrook community thanked these dedicated heroes by welcoming Mayor Gerald M. Turning, Borough Council President Gary Baldwin, who also resides at Seabrook, and members of the Tinton Falls police, fire and EMS departments. Equal checks were given to each response agency totaling $10,000.
The money was donated by residents and will be earmarked by each department in their ongoing effort to provide emergency response throughout the borough.
The idea to raise funds for Tinton Falls was brought to the Seabrook community by resident Judy Tier earlier this year. Mrs. Tier said that it is incumbent upon residents to support first responders in any way possible since they are so important to the community.
Mayor Turning said, “We are extremely honored and thankful to receive this gift from the great residents of Seabrook who have been such an integral part of our borough for the last 17 years. In addition to our dedicated police officers and EMS responders, we are extremely fortunate to have devoted firefighting volunteers who protect the wellbeing of all our residents. This generous gift will be put to good use as all emergency personnel continue to meet the needs of our community.”
“Seabrook and Tinton Falls have historically had a wonderful relationship,” said Council President Baldwin. “Our seniors here have continually donated their time and talent supporting children in the schools through mentoring, tutoring and by providing employment opportunities for students who work in our restaurants. I am extremely fortunate to be part of the Tinton Falls Borough Council and to call myself a Seabrook resident.”
“All the Tinton Falls first responders are critical to the welfare of the residents here at Seabrook,” said Resident Advisory Council President Bob Gamble. “This donation is our way of thanking the borough’s police, fire, EMS and emergency management employees who work tirelessly to support not only the needs of residents, but our staff and the entire population of Tinton Falls.”
The Borough of Tinton Falls has 41 police officers and commanders, 40 volunteer firefighters and 24 EMS responders, all of which cover the nearly 16 square miles that make up the town.
In addition to the donated checks, large “Thank You” cards were signed by residents and presented to each individual emergency responder unit.
About Seabrook: Seabrook is one of 18 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 98 acre campus is located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and is home to more than 1,400 residents. Seabrook is the perfect greater Monmouth and Ocean County retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.
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Future EMS Providers Turn Out for Bayshore Cadet Competition in Keyport, N.J.
“Skill levels, a lot of the teams are very, very good. Very good,” Krohe said. “Some of them have really been working.”
Planning for the competition began eight months earlier, said Krohe. Planning included lining up evaluators, who carefully judged the skill levels while also sharing their knowledge. Krohe and his team also coordinated getting a variety of equipment to Keyport High School, where the event played out, including the arrival of two medical helicopters.
“It’s bigger. More teams, we expanded to two states now, we have New York teams here, mostly from the Long Island area.”
Some 80 young people took part in the competition. Eight of the teams were in the advanced division, with 12 in the basic division. Seven of the teams were from New York, while 13 teams were from EMS organizations in New jersey.
In just a year, Krohe says, the number of participants has grown as has the quality of their skills. “There just seems to be more people and more enthusiasm,” Krohe says.
To keep the younger members interested, the skills competitions range from advanced to very basic, such as performing CPR or measuring a patient’s pulse. Various skills stations were set up inside Keyport High School, with teams rotating throughout the building. Outside, two cars were in place for teams to use extrication tools and to remove injured patients. Also outside, a special ambulance from the Monmouth Ocean Hospital Corporation (MONOC) served as a base for some advance skills.
Krohe said he event is a competition, but also an educational tool.
“I hope they learn from their mistakes. That’s why we have the evaluators pointing out what they have done wrong,” Krohe explained. “It’s not like an EMT test type of thing, where you walk out of the room wondering how you have done. They’re being corrected if they’ve done something wrong. And shown maybe a better way do something.”
A team from the East Brunswick, NJ took the grand prize. East Brunswick also captured first place in the advanced category. A team representing the Second District of the EMS Council of NJ earned Second, while Keyport First Aid Team 1 took third in the advanced category. Bellmor-Merrick EMS from Bellmor, N.Y. earned first place in the basic division. Glen Oaks Volunteer First Aid Corps took second and West Long Branch finished third.
Also participating in the event were teams from the High Bridge Emergency Squad; Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps in N.Y.; Tinton Falls EMS North; Keansburg EMS; and the Bayshore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance in Bayshore, N.Y.
Krohe said he wanted the participants leaving the event having learned a little something and, perhaps, made new friends.
Many volunteer EMS organizations have cadet groups, which are geared toward grooming the next generation of providers. Krohe estimates a third of Keyport First Aid’s roster is made up of former cadets, who graduated to full membership.
Standing between skills stations, Krohe said he was proud of the competition and the turnout of participants.
“It’s great for the kids,” Krohe said. “There’s so much negativity out there now, with kids not doing anything, this that and the other thing. if you can get a group of kids, and it helps. It does help. There’s so many of my kids going into the medical field just because of cadet programs. So I’m sure it does happen in other squads too.”