The origins of the Arbor Rescue Squad are rooted in the Arbor Hose Company. The Arbor Hose Company was founded in 1921 and through the years they grew and expanded their fire department in the community. In April of 1931 they responded to a brother and sister that had been playing near the railroad tracks by New Market Pond/Columbus Park and had jumped in the water as a train came by. After heroically entering into the water and retrieving the pair, the firefighters did what they could in the way of resuscitating them. Sadly, drawing on only the basics of Boy Scout training from their youth, they were unsuccessful in saving the brother and sister. That night back at the fire hall, a group of eight firemen pledged to create a rescue squad and gain professional medical training. Those founding members are: Arthur A. Reicher, Charles Cullinan, Charles Beirn, Anthony Kays, James J. Kenyon, James K. Kenyon, and Cornelius DeYoung (the eighth name has been omitted, the reason why is beyond our means to explain at this time).
The founding members then took on the mission to raise funds to purchase our first ambulance, a 1926 Studebaker. They then sought out medical training from the American Red Cross and local hospitals to gain advanced knowledge of first aid, use of oxygen equipment, and resuscitation among many other skills. They were successful and on May 14, 1932 the Arbor Rescue Squad answered it’s very first call. The call was for a woman struck in the head by a ladder. During the Summer of 1933 the Arbor Rescue Squad was on duty at the New Market Racetrack/Speedway on New Brunswick Ave., when Kitty Conrad crashed. Kitty Conrad was one of the very first female race car drivers. We also one of the first rescue squads to respond to the Hindenburg Disaster in Lakewood, NJ on May 6, 1937.
In 1937 the Arbor Fire Company completed work on their new brick building which housed both the two fire apparatus and Arbor Rescue Squad’s ambulance. During 1937, the Arbor Rescue Squad was one of the first ambulances to the scene of the Hindenburg Disaster in Lakewood, NJ. The next year in 1938, the Arbor Rescue squad was able to purchase a brand new ambulance and more equipment to better provide reliable and top quality medical services to the community.