With financial support from the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, the Township launches a new
Emergency Rescue Task Force.
Hillsborough Fire Marshal Dave Foelsch (pictured above with President Burchette) and Chief Fire Marshal Chris Weniger attended the Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s meeting on Wednesday, August 1, to share information about the recently formed Rescue Task Force (RTF) that will be deployed in the event of an active shooter or civil unrest incident in Hillsborough.  Both men described the team’s training and equipment, and took the opportunity to thank the Club for its financial contribution that helped purchase the special armored vests and helmets required to protect the RTF members.  The Rescue team currently consists of six specially-trained members of Hillsborough’s Fire Marshal’s Office. 
The first such team to be formed in Somerset County, the RTF is modeled after those formed in California, Florida, and Connecticut followingincidents like the 1999 Columbine school shooting that shocked the nation and the world. Unfortunately, these incidents are on the rise.  Fire Marshal Foelsch led the effort to create the team in Hillsborough. In order to establish the unit as quickly as possible prior to the start of the Fire District’s annual budget process, Foelsch approached the Rotary Club of Hillsborough for financial support to purchase the vests and helmets that the rescue workers will wear when entering a shooting site and locating, treating and removing the victims to safety. 
“We pray that we will never be deployed,” commented Fire Marshal Dave Foelsch, “but we recognize that we live in a world where such incidents occur and we must be ready to deal with them effectively.”
Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Greg Burchette, expressed the Club’s gratitude for the formation of the team and the members who are prepared to put themselves in harm’s way in order to ensure that shooting victims have the maximum opportunity to receive life-saving care.  “We wish there was no need for such a team in Hillsborough, or anywhere else.  However, we are glad to be in a position to support the formation of this important unit.”
The Rescue Task Force which underwent extensive training and operates in collaboration with tTownship Launches Emergency he Hillsborough Police Department, conducted a practice drill at the Auten Road School last month. The elaborate and realistic drill involved two complex scenariosof an active shooter inside the school and multiple victims that needed to be treated and removed to safety outside the building.