Nonprofit Profile: Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad, a busy ambulance and rescue service

By ROI-NJ Staff
Lyndhurst | Apr 4, 2018 at 7:10 am
From our print edition

Origin

Serving the community since 1942, the Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad is a nonprofit ambulance and rescue service comprised of local volunteers. Lyndhurst prides itself on having committed and loyal volunteers who respond to more than 1,900 emergency calls a year.

The first Lyndhurst Police First Aid Squad, later called the Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad, or LPES, was established Sept. 10, 1942, during World War II with one ambulance to provide volunteer first aid and ambulance transport to Lyndhurst residents. Since then, the current LPES Headquarters building on Delafield Avenue houses a fleet of three ambulances, an SUV first responder vehicle and a rescue truck, all manned by a team of paid EMTs and volunteers.

Offering one of the area’s most advanced services, LPES was the first Bergen County community to have a Zoll AutoPulse CPR machine, a technology that provides a much higher success rate than manual chest compressions by eliminating human error and exhaustion.

Recently celebrating its 75th anniversary, the LPES could not have reached this milestone without the support of local community volunteers and businesses, and hopes to continue serving Lyndhurst for many years to come.

Mission

To provide ambulance and rescue services to the residents of the township of Lyndhurst and surrounding communities.

Goals

  • Provide the best ambulance and rescue services we can;
  • Expand our membership by 25 percent;
  • Raise enough money to buy a power stretcher;
  • Teach 100 people CPR for FREE.

Benefactors

Our whole community supports us. We currently have a closed board, but are looking to expand out in the community. The residents of the township of Lyndhurst and local businesses like Boiling Springs Savings Bank and Inserra Supermarkets are strong supporters.

Achievements

  • Made three CPR saves;
  • Implementation of Epi and Narcan programs;
  • Trained 88 people in CPR for free through a grant;
  • Gained four new members.

Programs

The Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad is proud of its legacy of providing ambulance and rescue services to the community in which it resides. The LPES team of volunteers provide night, weekend and holiday services, offering vital support to its paid EMTs. Volunteers are offered the opportunity to gain lifesaving experience with cost-free training, LOSAP (volunteer 401(k) program) and community college classes. Community outreach programs include CPR training, File of Life Programs for seniors, blood drives and various community events such as pictures with Santa and “Movies Under the Stars” during the summer months.

Fundraising

The Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad is grateful for the ongoing support it receives from the generosity of community businesses and residents alike. Highlights include fund drive mailings, community and township donations, and fundraisers such as a 5K run, raffles and tricky trays, to mention a few.

The Boiling Springs Savings Bank “Community Alliance Program” is one simple and cost-free way in which local businesses can help support the LPES. The program gives the squad the opportunity to earn money based on the number of members who bank with Boiling Springs. Once the program requirements are met, the bank will make quarterly donations based upon the average balance of supporters’ designated accounts. Supporters can help us by opening a new or by having an existing account and designating the account as a Community Alliance participant.

Finally

Though partnerships like the one with Boiling Springs Savings Bank, we are able to purchase new equipment such as Epi Pens and medical supplies. Through our partnership with Inserra Supermarkets, we were able to provide not only money to buy equipment and medical supplies, but to give a $500 donation to our local food pantry for food during the holidays last year!

Serving: We service Lyndhurst and all the surrounding towns.
Key members: Capt. Tarcisio Nunes

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