2018 Emergency Preparedness Award

2018 Emergency Preparedness Award
Photo: Emergency Preparedness Award

On Friday, October 5, the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and the NJ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, honored our district with the NJ Outstanding Emergency Preparedness Achievement Award.  The award was presented at the annual EMS Awards in Atlantic City, where Mr. Robert Donahue, our interim Director of Facilities and Capital Improvements, was there to accept the award on behalf of the district.

Our district was designated with this award based on the following achievements:

  • Certifying all staff and students in CPR and AED use
  • American Heart Association designating us with their annual lifesaver award
  • Implementation of blood control (BECON) skills, with 200 students and 50 staff having already been trained.
  • Multiple AEDs being placed throughout district buildings
  • Leveraging federal grants to have bleeding control kits installed near AEDs
  • Passive and active security measures put in place
  • Constant collaboration with local law enforcement

Photo of the 2018 Outstanding Emergency Preparedness Achievement Award


Winning this award is truly a district-wide effort, as all students and staff plays a role in our continued efforts to be prepared in case of emergency.  The district would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Barry Bachenheimer, our District School Security Specialist, Mr. Joseph Orlak, our District Supervisor of Physical Education and Health, and all of our Physical Education and Health teachers who collectively lead this initiative and teach all of our staff and students these vital skills.

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