The Freehold First Aid Squad, under the leadership of Captain Peter DeNicola, sponsored a Disaster Preparedness Awareness Expo. The purpose of the event was to show EMS cadets and junior firefighters many of the ‘tools in the tool box’ that are available when disaster strikes. The day started when over 90 participants from various Monmouth County EMS squads and fire departments were greeted and welcomed by Sheriff Shaun Golden at the Monmouth County Radio Room. Following his introduction the group had a tour of the state-of-the-art communication center.

The group then relocated to a nearby school where many agencies discussed and showed some of the resources they provide to the emergency service community. Those involved included the Monmouth County EMS Task Force (Medical Ambulance Bus, Mass Casualty Response Unit-Special Operations Vehicle, MONOC and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office) and the Howell First Aid and Rescue Squad. The fire service was represented with various apparatus from the Freehold Township Independent Fire Company, East Freehold Fire Company, Freehold Boro Fire Department and the Gordons Corner Fire Department. Additionally, the NJSP Urban Search and Rescue and NJ National Guard also sent members and equipment for the expo.

This was the first time this type of program was put together in the Monmouth County area. Captain DeNicola appears to be planning future programs where the EMS cadets and junior firefighters will be working together, preparing for their future as emergency service providers.

– Fire News photos by Craig Haas