A heartfelt message from THE ADMIN:
When I was a kid I remember driving by the abandoned Vailsburg first aid squad depot in Nörk (#brickcity) and seeing the weeds growing over the pad. I remember growing up hanging around Princeton's abandoned engine 1 house, a 1970s rig sitting idle in the bay and a thin layer of dust on the sepia photographs of members who had served in the 1800s and had long since passed. Of the three hundred something volunteer squads once active in Jersey, I think we're down to around a hundred. It's hard to imagine two hundred organizations, tens of thousands of collective years, billions of hours volunteered, the youth of many members, just gone.
In THE ADMIN's opinion this is an inability of older, non riding members to accept evidence based practices. Kids today with an aspiration for community service work more, get paid less, and are under a microscope more now than ever before. We should be using our squads to bring them up and teach them medicine, the RIGHT way, not scoop, run, and collect money for the first aid board. Use the training fund and give them scholarships. Give them a reason to stick around, and they will. Make them feel like they are learning big brain medicine, helping their communities, and making a difference. Set them up for a future as physicians, not dialysis transporters. All of us crusty old(er) squaddies are willing to do this, but some "senior emt" who works a main job as a gas attendant or a secretary stands in our way. It's an ego trip.
I don't know.
Volunteer leaders need to stop exploiting people willing to go out there and run calls for free.