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Minerva Rescue Squad keeping busy

MINERVA - November was a busy month for the Minerva Rescue Squad. The Squad responded to 11 emergency calls with full crews to each one of them. The majority of these calls required Advanced Life Support interventions, but all of them involved the use of Basic Life Support skills, in which all EMS providers are trained.

With it's first call in December, the Minerva Rescue Squad hit the 100 mark for the year 2009, making it one of the busiest years for the squad in the past decade.

Two members of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Leita Ricale Howe are currently in the process of taking the five-month Emergency Medical Technician class being offered in Schroon Lake. Their contributions to the rescue squad and the Minerva community will be terrific and much appreciated.

The rescue squad participated in the annual Minerva Christmas Bazaar at Minerva Central School on Dec. 4. The squad sold all 10 wreaths that it had offered up for sale and wishes to thank the community and squad member Debbie Palmatier whose business, First Impressions, donated a beautiful fleece blanket that was raffled off as part of the squad fundraiser.

The squads wants to remind everyone to make sure their street address numbers are readily visible from the road. It's extremely important that the rescue squad and firefighters who are responding to emergencies are able to find residences. Also, take the time to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly.

The squads would also like to thank everyone who came to the breakfast fundraiser held at the Minerva firehouse. Look for another department breakfast or lunch during the Minerva Winter Carnival, to be held Feb. 12- 14, 2010.

The MVFD&RS thanks the Minerva/Olmstedville community and surrounding communities for their support.

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