During our recent visit to the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad station, members expressed a desire to be able to publically thank volunteer members who traveled to Texas and Mississippi to help with hurricane relief. They also noted that several members take extra time to attend town functions and speak about prevention and health promotions. There are also volunteers, they said, who teach CPR methods, free-of-charge, in the community-all part of the job of being a Vergennes volunteer.
One of the biggest events that Vergennes Area Rescue participates in annually is the Addison County Safe Kids program. This event includes car-seat inspection, bike safety inspections, and water safety tips. The program provided the public with over 600 bike helmets, free-of-charge, in 2008. At the time, Vergennes volunteers inspected over 80 child car seats and discovered that approximately 80 percent were installed improperly, a troubling discovery.
Vergennes Area Rescue Squad has received its share of outside kudos. In 2005, the squad achieved the Vermont Ambulance Service of the Year Award presented by the State of Vermont.
Despite the accolades, a volunteer organization is only as strong as its membership. VARS needs both the community's support and its active involvement. If you are interested in joining Vergennes Area Rescue, or would like more information, write to VARS, P.O. Box 11, Vergennes 05491. Prospective volunteers are also encouraged to call the ambulance station at 877-3683 for more details.