Volunteer rescue and fire personnel join forces in Minerva

MINERVA - It's not unusual in Minerva to find the same faces at both the rescue squad and fires stations on any given day.

"Many of the active volunteers on the rescue squad also stay very involved with the fire department," said EMS Captain Mike Corey.

The 16 members of the rescue squad often contribute as part of the 29 members of the fire department, according to chief Kerry Killon.

The two entities combined respond to an average of 160 call per year with their five rescue vehicles.

On May 17, the Minerva emergency squads will visit students at Minerva Central School as part of a national week of recognition for fire and emergency prevention.

"One of our most important jobs is to teach younger generations how to prevent fires and emergencies from happening in the first place," said Corey.

Minerva emergency squads can often be seen in the community doing their best to educate people about the importance of emergency preparedness. They host CPR classes in Minerva to get local community members interested in CPR as a lifesaving tool.

"Our main goal is obviously to save lives and prevent emergencies from happening," said Corey. "But we also want to be seen as a positive asset to the community on a day-to-day basis."

The group takes part in the Minerva Christmas Bazaar each year and also sponsors a Minerva Day softball game against the Johnsburg Rescue Squad.

"It's a pretty serious business, but we like to have fun where we can," said Corey.

If interested in joining one of Minerva's emergency squads, contact the chief or captain directly.

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