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.

WRS Cadet Program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  Watchung Rescue Squad is currently accepting applications for Cadet members. We have a couple spots available on our Cadet roster, so if you are 16 or older and looking for volunteer opportunities in your town, please considering joining our organization!

Our Cadet program allows high-school students to learn more about healthcare systems and emergency medicine. All necessary training and uniform will be provided by the Squad.

If you have the desire to help your community, click on "Join Us" to learn more and download an application! If you have any questions about membership, you can contact us at



Watchung Rescue Squad MCI Drill

Monday, August 11, 2014   The Watchung Rescue Squad is hosting a MCI Drill on the morning of Saturday, October 18th, we are currently looking for residents who would be interested in acting as patients!

A MCI (Mass or Multi-Casualty Incident) is any incident where the number of patients exceeds the resources (personnel or equipment) on scene. We will be incorporating a rescue element into our drill and work in collaboration with the Fire Department and neighboring EMS agencies.

Anyone is welcome to participate as a patient. Some acting will be required of you, but you will be briefed ahead of time on your signs and symptoms.

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

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



Mt. Carmel Festival 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014   On Wednesday, July 16th a crew of four volunteer EMTs from the Watchung Rescue Squad responded to Berkeley Heights to assist with the EMS standby for the annual Mt. Carmel Festival and fireworks alongside Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad, as well as squads from Warren, Garwood, Long Hill, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Summit and Hoboken.

For more pictures from the event, please visit our gallery!



North Plainfield Fireworks 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014   Vounteers from the Watchung Rescue Squad assisting with EMS standby at North Plainfield's fireworks on Saturday, July 12th at West End School Field.



Congratulations Class of 2014 Graduates!

Monday, June 23, 2014   Congratulations to our Watchung Rescue Squad members and Class of 2014 college and high school graduates: Charles Pivnichny, Sreya Doddakashi, Dylan Flynn, Vineeta Reddy and Emily Wexler!

Volunteers from WRS also provided EMS support at the Watchung Hills Regional HS graduation on June 23rd. 



Bob Beckert Memorial 5k

Sunday, June 1, 2014  Volunteers from the Watchung Rescue Squad provided standby for the Bob Beckert Memorial 5k on Sunday, June 1st.

WRS has provided EMS support for this event for the past 11 years.



Watchung Borough Memorial Day Ceremony

Sunday, May 25, 2014  The Watchung Borough Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Texier House on Monday, May 26th at 9:30 am.  All are welcome.

Watchung Rescue Squad member Lt. Pivnichny will be assisting with the placement of the wreath during the ceremony on behalf of the Squad.

The Texier House is located on the Watchung Circle at 10 Mountain Boulevard.



National EMS Week 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  Happy National EMS Week!

This year's theme is "EMS: Dedicated. For Life."  Thank you to our members and all our fellow EMS providers for your dedication and commitment to helping others!



Watchung Community Picnic

Rig 82 and Rig 81

Rig 82 and Rig 81

Monday, May 19, 2014  It was a busy weekend for the Watchung Rescue Squad!  Squad members participated in the town's community picnic on Saturday, handing out balloons and first-aid themed goodie bags.  

Over the weekend our volunteers also took five calls, including cardiac and psychiatric emergencies, and a MVA.  Two of these calls happened simultaneously on Saturday morning; a second ambulance was requested and additional members took the call.  Pictured are both of our rigs (Rig 82 and Rig 81) at Overlook Hospital.

To see pictures from the community picnic, please visit our gallery!



New Jersey American Water Community Heroes Grant

Friday, May 16, 2014   Captain Adam Wexler and 2nd Lieutenant Charles Pivnichny accepting a grant from New Jersey American Water at the May 15th Watchung Borough Council meeting on behalf of the Squad.

The Watchung Rescue Squad recently applied for and was awarded a grant from NJ American Water for the replacement of our high-visibility jackets. High-visibility jackets greatly enhance our volunteer emergency responders' safety by improving their ability to be seen while working incidents on roadways and highways, especially in inclement and/or low-light conditions.



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