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911 DISPATCH STILL AN ISSUE IN FAIR HAVEN

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s been close to two years since Fair Haven jobbed out its emergency dispatching services to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s 911 Communication Center, and so far, not so good. Still.

“We’re no more satisfied than we were last year,” said former fire chief Jim Cerruti.

Councilman Rowland Wilhelm said Monday that it comes down to clarity of the calls and delays in the calls being relayed to fire and first aiders.

Wilhelm, along with police and fire representatives, is scheduled to meet with county officials today (Thursday) “to try and allay these issues or straighten them out the best we can.”

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LITTLE SILVER SQUAD WANTS A LITTLE HELP

ls-emsLittle Silver EMS crewmembers Mike Very, Liz Uliano, Chris Faherty and  Carolyn Bogdon hope to bring in a few new volunteers at an open house Sunday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Some things are certain if you join Little Silver’s EMS squad. Sirens, stretchers and blood are a given.

Other things, not so much.

Like meeting your future spouse or, working alongside your uncle who never intended to join, but liked the idea of driving an ambulance – both of which happened to Liz Uliano.

“That’s a story that a lot of people have, like, oh, I just want to drive,” said Uliano, the 22-year-old squad vice president. “Then they get addicted.” She got to know her fiancé, police officer and EMS captain, Peter Giblin, through the squad.

Uliano and the other volunteers in Little Silver want more people addicted. So they’ve planned a day to showcase the squad in hopes it will bring on new members to help carry the call load.

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LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN

rb-first-aidRed Bank First Aid Squad’s line officers: Captain Matt DePonti, First Lieutenant Steve DePonti and Second Lieutenant Diana DeFazio. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The joke among members of Red Bank’s First Aid Squad is that whenever Steve DePonti sits down to eat dinner, a call comes in and he’s rushing away from a hot plate to respond.

If DePonti weren’t one of just a dozen or so responders with the squad, it might not be that way.

But the department, which receives an average of 800 medical calls a year — more than two a day — needs an infusion of new blood to its ranks.

“The younger generation today isn’t as enthusiastic to volunteer. We’re trying to change that,” said DePonti, 26. “Just a couple calls a week, and that’ll help offset what we have right now.”

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SUV FLIPS IN TWO-CAR RUMSON ACCIDENT

rumson-rd-accOne car flipped in a late-morning accident on Rumson Road Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A two-car accident on Rumson Road sent an unknown number of people to the hospital Saturday morning and left an ugly scene for emergency responders to clean up.

Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy said those involved in the accident, in which a white Lexus sports utility vehicle flipped over on the side of the road, were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

“Everybody was out of the area when we got here,” he said at about 11a.

This is the second accident on Rumson Road in two days.

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FOLEY’S WRECK CAUSED SECOND CRASH

foley-suvFoley’s SUV in the Atlantic Highlands wrecking yard where it was towed after the accident. (Photo courtesy of Rumson PD)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A motorist crashed into the telephone pole and wires downed by former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley in the November 22 Rumson wreck that led to his being charged with drunken driving, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.

Police reports on the accident also reveal that Foley tried to flee the scene in his heavily damaged fire department vehicle before it conked out just a block away, in front of Rumson’s Borough Hall.

As previously reported, 27-year-old Foley, who worked as a Rumson police dispatcher and part-time policeman, then took off on foot to the Oceanic Bridge, a mile away, where he jumped into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort involving helicopters and boats.

The 17 pages of reports, though, give the first official indication of the earliest stages of the drama that began unfolding shortly before 6p that Sunday evening.

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