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

Sunday, March 16, 2014   Last Friday, March 14th, Watchung Rescue Squad had our annual awards dinner and recognized the following members:

  • Outstanding New Member: Vinay Keelara
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Alison Diecke
  • President's Award: Lysandra Plotkin
  • Captain's Award: Liana Sa
  • Distinguished Member Award: Adam Wexler
WRS also recognized Chris Waryn for the Outside Achievement Award.

Congratulations to everyone who received an award!

We'd like to thank all of the members that attended the event, as well as the members of the Borough Council, Watchung Police Department, Fire Department and CERT Program for their continued dedication and support to the Rescue Squad!



February Snow Event

Friday, February 14, 2014  On Thursday, February 13th, the squad building was manned by volunteers from Watchung Rescue Squad during the day, establishing a standby crew to supplement Atlantic Ambulance and provide first responder service if needed. Atlantic Ambulance EMS8 was staged at Warren Squad and EMS10 was staged in Mountainside, both available to service Watchung.

For Thursday night, two standby ambulance crews of volunteers from Watchung Rescue Squad staged at the building and were available all night. The Squad responded to five calls during the night, including mutual aid to Warren on a 8-car MVC with vehicle rollover as well as a CPR call.

WRS EMS-1 was loaned to Watchung Police for the night due to their greater need.

All calls for service were handled efficiently and professionally in a timely fashion.



Watchung Rescue Squad Hosting Community CPR Class

Wednesday, January 22, 2014  The Watchung Rescue Squad will be hosting an AHA Heartsaver CPR AED class for community members on February 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the squad building.  

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job or regulatory requirements, as well as members of the general community who just want more information about heart attacks and strokes and to feel more prepared in a medical emergency.  Practice will be given in adult, child and infant CPR, with management of choking for the conscious and unconscious person.  

Books and barrier breathing devices will be provided for each student.  The course is classroom based (instructor and video) with time to practice skills throughout.  The course will run 3-4 hrs, depending on the size of the class and costs $45.  We will have three AHA certified CPR instructors who are volunteer members of the squad facilitating the course and available to answer questions.

Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending please send an email to with your name and contact information.

AHA Heartsaver CPR AED Certification

Feb. 9th, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Watchung Rescue Squad
10 Stirling Rd
Watchung, NJ 07069


Book and CPR Barrier mask provided.



WRS Ice Rescue Training Standby

Monday, January 20, 2014  On Sunday, January 19, 2014, volunteers from the Watchung Rescue Squad provided EMS support and rehab alongside South Plainfield EMS for the joint Ice Rescue training exercise done by the Watchung and South Plainfield Fire Departments on Watchung Lake.  It was a great coordination of efforts and show of teamwork between the four departments, and the Watchung Rescue Squad looks forward to continuing to work with its fellow emergency service providers.

For more photos of the event, please visit our gallery.



WRS Elected Officers for 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014  In late 2013 the Rescue Squad elected our officers for the upcoming year. The new and returning officers will begin this week. They are:

Operations Officers:

  • Captain: Adam Wexler
  • 1st Lieutenant: Rich Young
  • 2nd Lieutenant: Charles Pivnichny
  • Operations Sergeant: Logan Taylor
  • Administrative Sergeant: Jessica Ray
Administrative Officers:

  • President: Don Monetti
  • Vice President: Denise Wilson
  • Treasurer: Claire Ohl
  • Recording Secretary: Alison Diecke
  • Administrative Secretary: Noah Monetti
Congratulations to all our officers and thank you to those that served in 2013!



Watchung Reorganization Meeting 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014  The Borough of Watchung's Reorganization meeting took place in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall on New Year's Day. At this event our Captain Adam Wexler and 1st Lieutenant Rich Young were sworn into their positions for the year.

For more photos of the event, visit our gallery.



WRS Thanks Tree of Lights Supporters

Tuesday, December 17, 2013  The Watchung Rescue Squad would like to thank everyone who helped make our 23rd Annual Tree of Lights a resounding success:

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

The Watchung Fire Department, Watchung Police Department & PBA and Watchung Road Department for their support throughout the event.

Mayor Steve Pote, the Watchung Borough Council, the Watchung Boy Scouts and Mary Lou Mobus and the Mobus 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, Rolf’s and TGI Friday'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!

If you'd like to view pictures from this year's event, please visit our gallery.



WRS 23rd Annual Tree of Lights Festival

Saturday, December 7, 2013  Once again the time has come for Watchung Rescue Squad's annual Tree of Lights Festival!  This is your all-volunteer Rescue Squad's big fundraiser event for the year, and was created in the spirit of honoring and remembering our loved ones during the holiday season.

This year's celebration will take place on December 7th, 2013 at 5:30 pm on the Village Green.

For more information about this year's event and dedication or to make a donation, please visit our Tree of Lights page.  If you have already made a donation or plan to, thank you for your continued support of the Watchung Rescue Squad!

To see photos from this year's set-up, you can view the album in our gallery,

To see photos of last year's event, view that album in our gallery.



Recognition for 30 Years of Dedicated Volunteer Service to WRS

Saturday, November 30, 2013  At our November business meeting, Watchung Rescue Squad took a moment to recognize one of our members Claire Ohl, in grateful appreciation for 30 years of outstanding commitment and service to the Watchung Rescue Squad.

Pictures can be viewed in our gallery here.

Update: An article recognizing Claire's years of service was featured in the latest issue of the Echoes-Sentinel, also available online.



Happy Thanksgiving from WRS!

Thursday, November 28, 2013  Watchung Rescue Squad wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving safety tips from the American Red Cross:



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