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Chatham Emergency Squad Gets New Ambulance, Welcomes Volunteers

Squad hosts information session Sunday for those who want to become a member.

Joe Korkuch, Chairman of the Ambulance Purchase Committee, hands over keys of new ambulance to Squad President Christine Grobert and EMT driver Ann Tufariello. (Contributed photo)
Joe Korkuch, Chairman of the Ambulance Purchase Committee, hands over keys of new ambulance to Squad President Christine Grobert and EMT driver Ann Tufariello. (Contributed photo)
The following was submitted by the Chatham Emergency Squad:

The Chatham Emergency Squad recently received a new ambulance with the latest safety features for crew and patient and the best medical equipment. 

"Our commitment of quality care to our patients begins with our members," said Christine Grobert, the squad's newly installed president. "We provide our EMTs with the best possible tools and training to serve the Chatham community.  The new ambulance is visible proof of that effort.”

“Putting a new ambulance into service is kind of an exciting time for the squad,” said new member Ann Tufariello. 

Tufariello joined in 2013 and is “on duty” every Tuesday. As her children have grown and become increasingly independent, the demands of her schedule have relaxed. 

She saw joining the squad as the perfect way to be engaged in her community in a new way. 

"It has proven to be what I hoped. My crew made me feel useful right away and have given great support as I develop my skills," Tufariello said.

Tufariello said flexibility around her personal schedule has been a pleasant surprise. 

“The squad asked for a real commitment that I was happy to make," she said. "When I have a conflict with my scheduled shift, other members are great about filling in for me.”

Grobert noted the squad was able to have crews of EMTs ready to respond 24/7 but there were openings and they were actively seeking new members. 

The squad will have an informational meeting Sunday at 5 p.m. at 45 Spring St. Adult residents who would like information on membership are invited to attend.  

For more information, visit www.chathamemergencysquad.org and click on volunteer.

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