Frank and Tracy Constandi of Frank's Auto Repair and Auto Body in Fanwood accept a certificate of thanks from Fanwood Rescue Squad Captain Tom Kranz Credits: Joe Kaiser
Fanwood Rescue Squad Captain Tom Kranz presents a certificate of appreciation to Frank and Tracy Constandi for their donation of a new media center to the squad. Credits: Joe Kaiser
Fanwood Rescue Squad receives new media center donated by Frank's Auto Repair of Fanwood
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 • 12:55pm
FANWOOD, NJ - The Fanwood Rescue Squad has gratefully accepted the donation of a new 55" HDTV and associated hard ware and installation from Frank's Auto Repair and Auto Body, 56 S. Martine Avenue (corner of LaGrande Avenue) in Fanwood.
Owners Frank and Tracy Constandi have been long-time supporters of the Rescue Squad's community CPR and First Aid classes by always being among the first local businesses to help underwrite the courses so they can be free to the public.
"The Rescue Squad volunteers do such great service for our community, we were happy to help," said Tracy, who is the newly elected president of the Fanwood Business and Professional Association. Frank, a former volunteer fireman, is the treasurer.
At a time when the squad's expenses are rising and state funding for volunteer EMT training has all but disappeared, the squad decided to appeal to supporters for assistance in purchasing this fairly expensive item.
"The new TV will be used to teach these community courses and other courses given to our EMTs and others," said Tom Kranz, Rescue Squad Captain, who has taught a number of community CPR and First Aid courses, all of which use video. "The large screen will make the course material easier to see from the entire training area."
The Fanwood Rescue Squad is a member of a 5-squad consortium that reduces the cost of EMT continuing education by sharing expenses and facilities. The other squads are Scotch Plains, Westfield, Summit and Springfield.
"We are incredibly grateful to Frank and Tracy for making this donation," said Kranz. "They are truly partners in our community's safety and well-being."