The Barnegat Light First Aid Squad was founded to provide emergency medical services and transportation to residents and visitors on the north end of Long Beach Island. Incorporated on July 15, 1952 with a single used ambulance donated by the Long Beach Island Rotary Club, the squad’s assets rapidly grew to include a second used ambulance a year later, a third brand new one in 1959. In 1960, the building that remains the squad’s headquarters to this day was dedicated. Now under the leadership of Captain Bob Selfridge, the all-volunteer squad currently boasts 35 active first responders, of which more than 60% are EMTs. Last year, the organization had nearly 400 calls for emergency aid.
Community events hosted or served by the squad include Sidewalk CPR, a free lesson in hands-only bystander CPR offered on select Sundays in the summer. They will be at Viking Village this Sunday, July 28 from 9am – 11am to demonstrate quick lessons in bystander CPR. Set to heart-thumping music, a one-on-one session takes just five minutes and can save the life of a loved one or stranger. It’s a lifesaving skill that everyone should know. (Parking available at the Barnegat Light Yacht Basin.)
New members are always welcome. Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month.