Clinton Township, NJ (Hunterdon) – Just prior to 4pm Tuesday June 29th, South Branch Emergency Services was alerted to respond to the Round Valley Recreation Area to meet with the State Lifeguards to check out a juvenile swimmer who had been pulled from the swimming area and was ill.
Upon arrival of our first Ambulance five minutes after dispatch, lifeguard in charge Tiffany Osti, who happens to also be a volunteer here at South Branch, met with the EMT’s and advised that 2 juveniles had been rescued by family, fellow swimmers and NJ State Parks Lifeguards after falling off a sandbar in the swimming area.
While crews were evaluating those involved, they were notified by NJ State Parks Lifeguards that there was a potential additional victim that had not been seen coming out of the water. They initiated their missing person protocols, and a call was made for additional Ambulances and our Water Rescue team to respond.
Water Rescue 365, Utility 365, Marine units 2, 3 & 4 responded and command was established on the Beach by SBES Chief Frank Setnicky. “Upon our arrival, the lifeguards were actively doing surface dives and searches of the entire swimming area” he stated of the initial response. He added, “Our marine units they were deployed to start doing surface searches with rescue swimmers and rescue boats”.
Due to the nature of the call, our Incident Commander requested the Lambertville Fire
Department Dive Rescue Team, who responded with 6 divers, 2 tenders and support staff.
Also requested was our REHAB unit due to the excessive heat, and additional support staff.
NJ State Police Aviation Unit, known as NorthStar, was called to assist in the search of the
swimming area from above. After several high level and low searches, they were unable to spot any items of interest.
LFD divers and tenders suited up and were transported to the "point last seen" by SBES boats. The divers then performed tethered searches of the bottom in water with about 3-6 feet of visibility in depths ranging from 8 to 21 feet. The search area was expanded as divers were rotated. The LFD divers performed 80 minutes of searching, also with negative results.
As per protocol, NJ State Police Marine Unit out of Carteret was contacted and requested to respond to the scene. They arrived as subsequent searches yield no findings, and investigations by the NJ State Parks Police who were on scene yielded no additional reports of missing persons.
Twenty four South Branch Emergency Services personnel responded to this incident over the course of the 3 hours search.
The search was cancelled by 7pm, with units clearing up over the next half hour.
Clinton Township Police and South Branch Emergency Services Announce Clinton Township Junior Police & Emergency Services Academy
Annandale, NJ – Lt. Thomas DeRosa, officer in charge of the Clinton Township Police, and Chief Frank Setnicky, Chief of the South Branch Emergency Services, announce the return of the Clinton Township Junior Police & Emergency Services Academy. The program will run from August 2 nd through August 6th, 2021, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and is open to individuals age 12-16 who have an interest in learning more about the public safety career path. Planned activities for the week include marching, light physical training, exposure to simulated police work, emergency first aid training, classroom time, guest speakers, presentations and field trips. Applicants will be screened and preference will be given to
Clinton Township residents. There is no charge, however class size is capped at 30 participants; all applications received from qualified applicants well be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The application process will close on July 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm and participants will be notified of their acceptance thereafter. Applications are available at the Clinton Township Police Department, 1370 Route 31, Annandale or online at www.ctpd.org.
Congratulations to EMT Jonathan Pan on graduating from North Hunterdon High School! Jon came to us back in the fall of 2019 following the footsteps of his brother Erik Pan who had joined prior. Jonathan would then get his Emergency Medical Technician earlier this year and be promoted to a Team Member. Jonathan plans on attending the University of Rutgers Business School in the fall. Nice job Jonathan!
Congratulations to Cadet/EMT Audrey Bors on her graduation from North Hunterdon High School. Audrey came to us in December of 2019 and eventually becoming a certified EMT the following winter of 2020. Audrey plans on attending the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Chemical Engineering after receiving a Merit Scholarship from the institute. Audrey will also be participating in the Naval Reserve Reserve Officer Training Corps. Way to go Audrey!
Congratulations to Per Diem EMT Alexis Sajewski on graduating from Raritan Valley Community College with her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Nursing. Alexis just passed her one year work anniversary here at SBES while also working on a Post Operation Floor at Morristown Medical Center. Way to go Alexis!