ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad began the New Year with the installation of a new roster of officers.
Richard Huff has been named chief of the all-volunteer EMS and rescue organization, marking the first time in the organization's nearly 80 years that a member has held that title.
Andrew Crawford has been named captain, and Ray Stoever, second lieutenant.
"The new officer structure better prepares us for the future," Huff said. "For the coming year we've got an excellent mix of experienced EMS professionals in place who are dedicated to serving the community."
The focus for 2009 is on continuing to provide top-notch emergency medical services and rescue operations around the clock, while also growing the organization, Huff said.
Also taking office on January 1st, were president, Lou Marotta, who begins his fifth consecutive year in that position. Jerry Pandolfo, who served as captain for the previous four years is the vice president. Walter Curry returns as treasurer, John Ligon as secretary, and Bev Glynn as assistant secretary.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad provides free around-the-clock EMS services to the community. Dedicated members all volunteer their time for training and to respond to calls big and small. The organization operates on donations from the borough and the community.
"We're all excited and extremely proud to lead this group of dedicated men and women," said Huff. "Past captain Jerry Pandolfo and the Executive Board created a fantastic foundation for the new line officers to build upon.
"The AHFAS is coming off an incredible year that saw the squad being named the best volunteer EMS organization by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services and having staged a major multi-agency, mass-casualty drill in town," Huff added. "We look forward to carrying on that legacy."