Watchung Rescue Squad

The Watchung Rescue Squad (WRS) will provide the Borough of Watchung and surrounding communities with prompt and skilled basic life support and rescue, free of charge. The WRS will be recognized for providing high quality services to the communities through well-trained, dedicated volunteers. The WRS will conduct its business to assure fiscal responsibility through sound business management.The WRS takes pride in its commitment to service, working as a team to provide care to those in need.

Watchung Rescue Squad Awards Dinner

Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Last Friday, February 6th, Watchung Rescue Squad had our annual awards dinner and recognized the following members:

  • Outstanding New Member: Ben Dorkin
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Roberto Martinez
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Claire Ohl
Congratulations to all those who received an award!

We'd like to thank all of the members who attended the event, as well as our honored guests including: the Mayor and members of the Watchung Borough Council, Watchung Police Department, Watchung Fire Department, DPW, OEM, CERT Program, Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad and Warren Rescue Squad. We greatly appreciate everyone's continued dedication and support to the Watchung Rescue Squad!



WRS Elected Officers for 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015  In late 2014, the Rescue Squad membership elected our officers for the upcoming year. The new and returning officers assumed office on January 1, 2015. They are:

Operations Officers:

  • Captain: Ali Diecke
  • 1st Lieutenant: Charles Pivnichny
  • 2nd Lieutenant: Noah Monetti
  • Operations Sergeant: Jessica Ray
  • Administrative Sergeant: Roberto Martinez
Administrative Officers:

  • President: Denise Wilson
  • Vice President: Mike Vala
  • Treasurer: Robert Winston
  • Recording Secretary: Logan Taylor
  • Administrative Secretary: Liana Sa
Congratulations to all our officers and thank you to those that served in 2014!



WRS Thanks Tree of Lights Supporters

Monday, December 15, 2014  The Watchung Rescue Squad would like to thank everyone who helped make our 24th Annual Tree of Lights a resounding success:

Walt Schmiede, Lane Solon and all the Squad members who contributed to the set-up and ceremony.

The Watchung Fire DepartmentWatchung Police Department & PBA, Watchung Road Department and Scott's Green Landscaping for their support throughout the event.

Mayor Steve Pote, the Watchung Borough Council, the Watchung Boy Scouts, George King Jr. and the King family and Alexis Hoffmann and the Hoffmann family for their participation in the dedication and lighting ceremony.

Mr. Spadafora and the Valley View Middle School Chorus and Chris Waryn and Babygrand Entertainment for music during the event.

Dunkin' Donuts and Rolf’s for providing food and refreshments.

Garden State Fireworks for a spectacular fireworks show.

The Echoes-Sentinel for their coverage of the event and many photographs.

And finally our Watchung Borough residents and local businesses for their generous donations and continued support! Thank you all and have a safe and happy holiday season!



Tree of Lights Postponed

Thursday, December 4, 2014   The Tree of Lights has been postponed to Sunday, December 7th due to inclement weather. 

Join the Watchung Rescue Squad on the Village Green at 5:30 pm Sunday evening for the tree lighting ceremony, music, fireworks and more!

For more information about the event, please visit our Tree of Lights page.

For those that have made donations, thank you for your continued support of the Watchung Rescue Squad!



WRS 24th Annual Tree of Lights Festival

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  Once again the time has come for Watchung Rescue Squad's annual Tree of Lights Festival  This year's celebration will take place on Saturday, December 6th at 5:30 pm on the Village Green.

This year's tree is dedicated to the memory of two of Watchung's Finest: former Chief of Police George King and Officer Christopher Hoffmann.

The Tree of Lights was created in the spirit of honoring and remembering our loved ones during the holiday season. You can be part of the celebration by placing a red light on our tree in honor of or white in remembrance of a person, family, friends and others.

For more information about the event and dedication or to place a dedication light on the tree or view the Tree of Lights recipients for 2014, please visit our Tree of Lights page.

If you'd like to see pictures from last year's event, you can view that album in our gallery.



WRS MCI Drill Oct. 18th: Last Call for Patients

Friday, September 26, 2014   Final call for volunteer patients, email to sign up by Sept. 30th! Anyone 16+ years of age is welcome to get involved.



Watchung History Day

Friday, September 26, 2014   The Watchung Historical Committee invites you to History Day tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 27th, from 10AM-4PM at the Texier House and Village Green! The Civil War Encampment will be open until 5PM.

Come by the Rescue Squad table for more information about our organization, becoming a member and our upcoming Multi-Casualty Incident drill.



WRS in Watchung Post

Sunday, September 21, 2014  The Watchung Rescue Squad was featured in an article in this month's issue of the Watchung Post.  Clink on the link below if you missed it!  

Watchung Post September 2014



WRS Recognizes Newest Full Member

Monday, September 15, 2014  Watchung Rescue Squad would like to congratulate our newest Full Member, Vinay Keelara!

Vinay is a dedicated and highly skilled EMT member of the Squad and has passed all the required tests to become a full member.  The Squad looks forward to his continued dedication and wishes him the best in this new role.



WRS MCI Drill Oct. 18th: Call for Patients

Saturday, September 6, 2014   Watchung Rescue Squad is still looking for people willing to act as patients in our MCI Drill on Saturday, Oct. 18th! 

Anyone is welcome to participate (under-18 with parent's permission)! Some acting will be required of you, but you will be briefed ahead of time on your signs and symptoms and have mock injuries applied as necessary.

Participants should expect to spend 3-5 hrs on the incident (this includes set-up beforehand and debriefing/ lunch afterwards). If you are interested, please sign up ASAP!

This is an excellent opportunity to get to know members of your local emergency service organizations and learn more about what we do!

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, email Ali Diecke at



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