The charter of the Ladies Auxiliary is to support the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad in its mission. Today, much of that support is through fund raising.
The Auxiliary started innocently enough: In simpler times when fire and rescue services were provided by a volunteer fire department (Engine Company No. 1), all of whom were male, some calls, like fires, rescue and search operations, were longer and more difficult than others. The wives of the volunteers began to accompany their husbands on "long calls" to provide liquids and food. They also made cravats (triangular bandages used temporarily for a fracture or wound) for the responders.
Engine Company No. 1's Rescue Unit was formally incorporated as a separate entity (and renamed Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad) in 1957. Three years later in 1960, the Ladies Auxiliary also became a formally incorporated organization and continued to provide on-call support
As the state's educational and training standards have become more rigorous and population growth in the surrounding areas has demanded around-the-clock response, PFARS now relies on highly trained volunteers and paid staff to meet local service demands. In line with these changes, the Auxiliary has altered its focus from support on "long calls" and bandage-making to fund raising, allowing PFARS to purchase medical equipment (like defibrillators), uniforms, and amenities for the Squad building (like furniture and kitchen appliances).
PFARS still relies on contributions from local residents and businesses. Responding day or night to emergencies with state-of-the-art vehicles and highly-trained personnel depends on an adequate level of contributions. The Auxiliary attempts to supplement PFARS’ own fund-raising efforts in order to help ensure that Princeton and its surrounding areas can rely on the presence of a local rescue facility for its residents.
Although fund-raising is the Auxiliary's primary charter, shared commitment and work foster friendship and community. The Auxiliary also hosts several social events during the year including a Christmas party and a year-ending pot luck supper.
Please Help Us Help our Community
If you are interested in making new friends while helping your community, consider joining the Auxiliary. Men and women are welcomed to apply. To find out more about the work we do and the people dedicated to doing it, please email