On Saturday, June 15, 2013, the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Squad was invited to participate in “Revitalize BayHead”. This half-day event was run to promote businesses and tourism back into the town, especially in light of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
The Squad set up display tables featuring the numerous services we offer to the community (first aid response, classes, etc.). A Hands Only CPR station was also set up with a dummy for people to practice on, with “Stayin Alive” playing in the background. We also used the opportunity to promote the “Monster Dash”, our October 5K Run fundraiser.
Along with the shore theme, the Dive Team brought along Rescue 34, our 16 foot Zodiac. The Dive Team display included our local shell collection, various marine artifacts we have discovered in the areas local waters, and of course “Dry Suit Guy” – a fully suited representation of what equipment we wear during our dives.
One of the highlights of the display was our Marine Touch Tank. Kids and adults alike had a great time learning about the marine life of New Jersey from members of our Dive Team. It requires a 6:00 am dive, about an hour to collect the proper specimens and approximately 50 gallons of water to keep our touch tank and our specimens healthy throughout the long day ahead. The touch tank included specimens such as the Sea Star, Sea Urchins, Spider Crabs, Snails, Hermit Crabs, Star Coral and the Red Bearded Sponge.
It was a beautiful, sunny day, so the entire event was well-attended, and we had a small crowd visiting us throughout the day.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this wonderful community celebration.
We look forward to continuing our service to the BayHead community and we wish everyone great success in their recovery efforts. If you would like more information on the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Squad or our Dive Team please checkout http://www.pointbeachems.org/ or http://ptrescuedive.blogspot.com/ .