Severe Thunderstorm & Tornado Warnings
On Saturday Evening, after being alerted to the possibility of a Tornado and Severe Thunderstorms, the call came into SBES to assist our partners in the Flemington Area when they got inundated with requests to rescue folks from cars stuck in rising water.
Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad initially requested our Special Services 365 high-water unit to assist with multiple water entrapped persons on Rt 202/31 in the area of Everitts Road. This was just the first of 12 separate incidents that our department assisted with in Raritan Township, East Amwell Township, Franklin Township and Clinton Township.
Units responding included Water Rescue 365-2 along with Marine 365-3 and an inflatable unit, Utility 365-1 who picked up another boat from Flemington Rescue's station to assist at calls, and the Special Services. Eleven members staffed these units, while an additional 9 personnel continued to staff our primary stations for both EMS & additional Rescue calls.
After clearing the initial calls, the units were staging in the Flemington Borough area along with units from West Amwell Fire, Whitehouse Rescue, Flemington's units and the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management.
Units operated not only at the 12 dispatched calls, but multiple other assists along the way as they came upon other units. In total more than 2 dozen drivers who found themselves stuck in flash flood conditions were safely removed from vehicles and brought to drier land.
Our Water Rescue Technicians train locally through several private companies as well as with the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center, usually in the Delaware River, the closest "simulation" that we can produce to these types of conditions.
Two years ago, four rescuers from South Branch Emergency Services travelled to the NY State Preparedness Training Center where they have a full swiftwater rescue simulator for specialized training and preparedness for events like this weekend. Unfortunately, it is one of very few in the Country where First Responders can be trained in a safer & controlled environment, and one that our agency has been a supporter of building for many years.
If you would like information about joining our Water Rescue Team, or becoming an EMT with our agency, please visit www.SBES365.org
From Monday 7/12 to Friday 7/16 Operations Lt. Ryan Clancy, FF/EMT Chris Querry, FF/EMT Jason Mayer (Sponsored by Clinton Fire Dept.) and former member Sarah Raper (Sponsored by Whitehouse Emergency Squad) attended the Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) Class at New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Training Center in Socorro, NM. Class participants reviewed the response protocols for terrorist bombing incidents, how certain types of devices are made, how those devices actually explode and interact with the environment. This class is funded by FEMA and Homeland Security which allows participants to take the class without paying out of pocket. Thank you to all the members that gave up their week to expand their knowledge to respond to these type of incidents. Attached below is a video that shows all the institutes that allow first responders to take classes with federal grant funding.
The last of our 2021 high school graduates! Congratulations to Samantha Ruby on her graduation from Delaware Valley Regional High School! Sami joined in February of 2020 and got her EMT with us back in the Spring. Sami will be attending the University of Tampa majoring in Nursing! She received multiple scholarships including both Clinton Sunrise Rotary as well as the Flemington Rotary. From Sami, "I won a lot of scholarships hugely due to the hours I have spent with SBES as a volunteer and the memories I’ve made and experience I’ve gained as a medical provider. Thank you so much to SBES and everyone I have worked with for helping me get to where I am!" Congratulations Sami and Good Luck in the Fall!