Minerva Rescue Squad celebrates

— Have you seen an ambulance with a fire engine red, gold and black sort of look around the Minerva and North Creek are recently?

Chances are good that you’ve seen the new Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad (MVFD&RS) Road Rescue Ultramedic ambulance (labeled No. 890), acquired in June of this year. It is still being operated as a means to bring emergency medical care to those in the area who are in need, and replaces the fine green & white ambulance that had been the mainstay of the Minerva Rescue Squad since the beginning of 2001.

The new ambulance lives in the small firehouse in Olmstedville, ready and waiting to head out at the first sign of a squad call. This excellent new vehicle features better lighting, bigger cabinets, safer seating, and more up-to-date emergency response equipment.

The Rescue Squad continues to be busy and effective as it provides the needed emergency care that residents have come to expect over the years. The MVFD&RS currently has 24 Class 2 (Rescue Squad) members, including 11 EMT-Basic providers, four Advanced Life Support providers, eight drivers, and one EMT in training. All EMTs participate in continuing education to stay sharp – they will be updating their skills and knowledge to new national standards over the next year.

The squad’s call volume has increased greatly this year over past years. For instance, from January 1st to August 31st this year there have been 108 calls. In comparison, for the full years 2010 and 2011, the squad had totals of 89 and 101 calls respectively. It’s the volunteers with the rescue squad who make this the organization successful and have allowed these calls to be covered, no doubt about it. Thank you, members, for all that you do to make the squad go.

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