Monday, January 23, 2012
Youth in Second Alarmer's Rescue Squad's Venture Crew 380 have the opportunity for first-hand experience in saving lives.
The Venture Crew 380 is one of the most prominent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Venture Scout groups in the Greater Philadelphia area. A Venture Scout group is the teenage program of the Boys Scouts of America. In this program, high school-aged youth groups -- boys and girls -- work with adult leaders to learn more about their specialized expertise, from Ham Radio operations to police work. Venture Crew 380 works with the EMS organization the Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad (SARS). The Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad is one of the largest, nonprofit, EMS providers in Montgomery County, serving from Abington to Whitpain townships and beyond. According to SARS president, Dr. Bill Crielly, the relationship SARS has with the Boy Scouts dates…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Parts from the manufacturer are no longer available for an aging system as potentially 'catastrophic' component failures loom.
The county's emergency radio system is now in a state of emergency. With many of the county's chiefs of police crowding its Norristown meeting chamber, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday declaring that an "actual emergency exists" in the county's aging public safety telecommunications infrastructure. Commissioner Jim Matthews described the measure as a "Band-Aid" that gives the county "the ability to immediately respond to any shortcomings in the system." Those shortcomings are reportedly multiplying. Lower Gwynedd Chief of Police John Scholly called the increasing difficulty of obtaining replacement parts for the system a "major concern." "There are parts of the county radio system that are as old …
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joseph W. Schmider, Director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for the
Pennsylvania Department of Health visited the Willow Grove area on Friday for a ride along with SARS.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joseph W. Schmider, director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Serivces for the Pennsylvania Department of health visited the Second Alarmer's Rescue Squad's Willow Grove Station, Jan. 28. Schmider met with several paramedic crews and EMS supervisors, as he toured the SARS station in the morning. According to a recent release, after his station tour, Schmider joined SARS crews to help respond to emergency calls and to learn more about the critical interventions necessary for both medical and trauma patients, as well as appreciate the difficulties faced by EMS professionals prior to their arrival to the emergency room. For more information, visit www.sars.org.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad's chief of operations has led the largest nonprofit EMS agency in the region toward providing the best in life-saving services.
On any given Wednesday, Chief Fred Trasatti Jr. can be seen wearing his blue Second Alarmers Rescue Squad (SARS) uniform. He forgoes his chief’s uniform, while on duty, in order to show solidarity with the SARS volunteers and career members. These highly trained men and women respond to medical emergencies at a siren’s notice, and they wear this blue on-duty SARS uniform. “My guys go out and that’s the emergency room pulling up to your front door,” Trasatti said. SARS, whose headquarters is located in Willow Grove, is one of the largest, nonprofit, 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers in the region. The organization responds to over 10,000 emergency calls a year in Abington, Upper Dublin, Upper Moreland and Whitpain townships, as…