ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad, which for more than 80 years has been providing dedicated service to the community, is turning to residents for its annual fund drive.

Just as area residents depend on the squad to be there when they call 9-1-1, the organization depends on generous donations from the community to survive.



The AHFAS annual fund drive letter was recently mailed to all homes in the borough. Each year the tax-deductible donations go directly to purchasing medical supplies, equipment and help off-set the cost of keeping members trained to professional standards.

“We depend on the residents for more than half of our annual budget,” said AHFAS president Lou Marotta. “Without the generous donations, we cannot survive.”

Last year, the squad responded to 545 calls, up from 2009. In January, the number of calls was up 62% over the same month the previous year. Likewise, members of the all-volunteer emergency medical services and rescue squad dedicated more than 3,000 hours of their time to the organization to help their neighbors.

Besides responding to emergency calls, the squad organizes and executes the annual Santa visits, offers first aid and CPR classes to the community, and provides support for all local events.

For that, the squad was voted one of the best in Monmouth County by readers of the Asbury Park Press.

The AHFAS is a 501c3 organization, which provides a variety of options for residents to give. For information call the non-emergency number (732) 291-8118 or log onto www.ahfirstaid.org.

“Our members give up their personal time to help their neighbors,” said Marotta. “A donation of any size shows them you appreciate their efforts and want them their when you're sick or hurt.”