On behalf of South Branch Emergency Services, we would like to congratulate Christopher Querry, on being selected as a Rescue Specialist with New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1. NJ-TF1 is New Jersey's state urban search and rescue team, as well as 1 of 28 federal task forces designated by FEMA, to respond to disasters around the United States as part of a National urban search and rescue team.
Chris started in the process of becoming part of NJ-TF1 in the fall of 2023. Just like many careers, it consisted of an application process, oral interview, review of training and experience, and rescue skills evaluation. Chris was one of 20 selected throughout the entire state.
Chris started in December 2014 as a cadet with "Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad." Once Chris turned 18, it was only a short time before his knowledge and character brought him into the Rescue Lieutenant Position. Through continuous training and experience, Chris eventually became the Rescue Company Captain. Both of these roles were during the time Chris was a volunteer. Chris eventually made the step and transferred to the career side of the organization in October of 2021, and became our career Rescue Lieutenant.
Chris was always so interested in the field of fire and rescue services, as well as continuing education, he continued on to become an Instructor with Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Academy. After some time, Chris continued on his career path (and ultimate achievement) and became a career fireman. Chris has returned "home" to the volunteer side of the rescue company as a Senior Rescue Specialist when time permits. Chris is also Hunterdon County's OEM-3 (Office of Emergency Management) and operates with emergency planning of technical rescues and disaster situations. Chris was a staple in advancing the rescue company during his time with us. Chris is always full of innovative ideas and is incredible at all of the various hats he wears.
We wish him our deepest congratulations for this excellent achievement!