Fire Department Program Looks Out for Teaneck Seniors
Residents can sign up for daily telephone check-ins. Teaneck Fire Department program has led emergency workers to residents in need of immediate care.
The following was submitted by the Teaneck Fire Department:
The Teaneck Fire Department’s Good Morning Check-Up Program is designed to monitor shut-ins and senior citizens who live alone and have no one to look in on them on a regular basis.
According to Chief Anthony Verley, the program provides subscribers with a telephone call service seven days a week, between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. A member of the department calls the resident and asks if all is OK. If there is no answer to the first call, a second call is made in about 5 minutes. If there is no answer to the second call, a firefighter is dispatched to the house to make sure all is well. In the past, residents have been found in need of medical assistance and sincerely appreciated the fire department's concern over their welfare.
Before enrolling a new resident, a department representative interviews the applicant to obtain pertinent medical data and to find out who they want called in case of emergency. Additionally, a home fire safety check is performed for the safety of occupants.
For additional information call Lt. David Barrett or Lt. Richard Burchell at (201) 837-2085.