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.


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John Santaella January 11, 2013 at 05:57 PM
So this is where our tax money goes. Great work TFD. Our tax dollars at work.
zizi January 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM
JAD January 13, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I second that the program is a great thing to help provide a safety net for the elderly population. I'm sure Zizi will find something negative to say. S/he can always look on the dark side of life


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