In the 1940’s the Arbor Rescue Squad came into it’s stride being a very active member of the 2nd District of the New Jersey State First Aid Council (NJSFAC, now the EMS Council of New Jersey as of 2015). The squad was always among the first squads to mobilized in disaster situations such as plane crashes or mass training drills. In 1947 we were able to purchase a brand new Buick Ambulance.
The 1950’s were an extremely exciting time for the rescue squad, the Arbor Rescue Squad was very active and well respected in the township and surrounding communities. So much so that they would commonly conduct drills with the Civil Air Patrol out of Hadley Airfield (which is today the area the Holiday Inn, Middlesex Mall, & Kohl’s occupy) and Camp Kilmer Military base (now decommissioned in Edison by the Piscataway VoTech). In 1950 the squad raised enough money to buy a very unique and new piece of equipment, a Portable Iron Lung, to help stabilize and treat Polio victims. During 1952, the Arbor Rescue Squad’s very own Arthur Reicher was elected the President of the New Jersey State First Aid Council.
Then in 1954 with the amazing support of the Piscataway Lions Club, the squad was finally able to start construction of it’s very own building. With rising call volumes and increased support in the community, they needed their own facility apart from the Arbor Hose Company to do their own good deeds for the people. It took many years of hard work to raise the money, get local contractors and tradesmen to donate their machinery, skills, and materials. Most of the building’s exterior and interior would not be completely finished until the the late 1950’s, and even into the beginning of the 1960’s.