Overlook Area First Aid Council

Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2009




Squads                                                                        Atlantic Health

Chatham Emergency Squad                           Barry Goldberg, MICU

Fanwood Rescue Squad                                             Lori May, Training Center

Long Hill First Aid Squad                              Jen Moran, RN

Mountainside Rescue Squad                          Kristy Rodrigues, RN

New Providence EMS                                               

Summit First Aid Squad

Watchung Rescue Squad

Westfield Rescue Squad


Meeting called to order at 8:10 p.m. by President Sue Meyer. Minutes from the May 13, 2009 accepted.


Emergency Room

No more construction; linen cart is remaining where it is and they are keeping an eye on it. Jen asked that the squads please pick up their equipment from the equipment room and to check it whenever they come to Overlook.


The parking at the Emergency entrance by paid ambulances was discussed. Most of the time the paid rigs are waiting to pick up patients; it will be passed onto Mike to check and if there is a problem, call Cencom. The little parking lot was originally supposed to be for the paid units; it was suggested that maybe that be looked into again. The heliport meetings have been held with the residents around the hospital. They requested that the ambulances turn off their sirens when you approach the hospital.


Jen said there are antibacterial wipes all throughout the ER. If you have a patient with “flu-like” symptoms, please put a mask on the patient (an O2 mask will work) droplets can be felt up to 3’ away.  A question was raised regarding flu shots – check with Dori Ann Prasek at 522-2913 – she is Infection Control.



Union is busy – they are increasing the number of beds. They are trying to set up the Trauma, Triage and Transport class for October 22nd. Their Fast Track is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lou will come to squads to do his powerpoint presentation and they will take your flu patients.


Barry said that MD1 is up and running – he may be bringing residents with him on the truck. He will be ‘chasing’ the medics.



Lori said there will be a night EMT class at Summit and a few Core 13’s. There is a new class called ITLS (it’s like PHTLS)



There are a few new per diem medics on the trucks so you’ll see a few new faces. There is one MICU in an ambulance with 2 medics and an EMT because they are covering the BLS in East Hanover. Medic 3 is still 12 hours and Medic 12 is in Liberty Corner. All trucks have all radios so no communications problems.  It was suggested that the medics have the cards on the trucks and clipboards that explain the difference between the volunteer squads and the MICUs.


There was no further business and the next meeting is November 11, 2009. The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted

Sue Meyer, President