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The Branchburg News • June 2012 • Page 15


Rescue Squad Practices Vehicle Stabilization During Nighttime Drill


trench and confined-space res- cues.


All training and equipment is paid from the squad’s annual operating funds, largely through the contributions of local resi- dents and businesses. For more information on joining or sup- porting the Branchburg Rescue Squad, visit www.branchbur- grescue.org.


New Black Belts – Many Branchburg students recently earned their first- and second-degree black belts from Mr. O’s Tae Kwon Do. The black belt


In this photo, taken in the dark, Joey Shreve and Katie Apsley Ricks practice sta- bilizing an SUV with a high-lift jack and box cribbing. –photo by CH Waechter, squad VP


By Dave Allaway Squad president & 2nd lieutenant


Vehicle rescue is one of the technical skills most often need- ed by the Branchburg Rescue Squad. In addition to training at local emergency service acad- emies, members refresh their skills in periodic drills. On a recent weeknight, 16 members participated in a ve- hicle stabilization drill using a variety of rescue tools and tech-


niques. Shown in the adjoining photo are members lifting and shoring an SUV with a high- lift jack and box cribbing. Emphasis is on the safest possible extrication of patients from damaged and unstable motor vehicles. In addition to emergency medical services, the volunteers of the Branch- burg Rescue Squad provide vehicle rescue, water rescue, ice rescue and rope rescue; and support for structural collapse,


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test was held on May 6, following a month of intense training. The test includ- ed a series of Tae Kwon Do forms, combinations, sparring and board breaks. Pictured are: Back Row - Christina Christodoulou, Ryan Jaeggle, Evan Brown, Zayn Aldabagh, and Nishant Arora who all received their second-degree black belts. Front Row - Alana Moore, Dylan Gooding, Camryn Moore, Amanda He- gadorn who all received their first-degree black belts. Eain Kelton is not pictured but also received his first-degree black belt. – submitted by Cara Hegadorn


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