ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad has launched its first ever fully dedicated web site.
The site, available at www.ahfirstaid.org, includes information about the squad, historic photos, current membership information and information necessary for area residents.
“While designing this site I wanted to make it both useful to the residents of our community and the members of our department,” said AHFAS assistant engineer Andrew Crawford, who conceived and designed the site.
Area residents can find details about the squad, how to be come part of the organization, or how to make a donation. There are links to various EMS organizations. And all visitors are encouraged to leave a message in the guest book area. There
It’s the first time in the all-volunteer squad’s more than 75-year history that there has been a standalone website dedicated to the organization.
“With the Internet becoming prevalent in daily life, the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad needs to stay current by going online to provide information to our members and the community,” Crawford said. “Hopefully residents of Atlantic Highlands will see exactly what we do and how active we are.
“In turn, this will help us by recruiting new members from those who visit our site and increase our ability to generate donations to support the organization,” Crawford added.
One of the goals of the site is to show area residents what the squad does beyond responding to emergency calls. The squad also hopes that the site may provide a useful tool in recruiting new members.
The AHFAS is an all-volunteer organization that provides free around-the-clock emergency medical services to Atlantic Highlands Residents. The squad responds to more than 500 calls annually, suggesting one in 10 residents will need the squad’s services each year. The AHFAS also operates a Marine Rescue unit for emergencies on the water. The organization does all of this through donations from the community and the borough.
“The site will continue to evolve,” Crawford said. “We’re adding new information and photos regularly, so visitors should check in frequently.”