INDIAN LAKE - Emergency squads in Indian Lake wouldn't exist, or at best, wouldn't be as successful without the dedicated support they receive from their community, according to Chief Chris Mitchell.
He and rescue squad Captain Dan McFadden both appreciate the support they receive both financially and otherwise from members of the local community.
"We are volunteer organizations and we wouldn't survive without the kind of energy we get from the town of Indian Lake," said Mitchell.
His 30 active volunteer members see about 50 calls per year.
"We wouldn't make it to any of those calls if people weren't wiling to drop everything and come help at a moments notice," said Mitchell.
In thanks for the support they receive, the emergency squads do their best to give back to the local community in various fashions. The fire department sponsors various scholarships for local students in collaboration with its auxiliary.
Mitchell noted how pivotal the auxiliary is in helping his department to be successful.
"Their work is truly selfless," he said. "They are the best kind of volunteers."
Aside from the support they provide for the community, Indian Lake emergency squads play a very practical roll in in the safety of the community.
"Volunteers are the only way this town would have a fire or rescue squad," said Mitchell. "There is no money anywhere to support a paid group."
If interested in joining an Indian Lake emergency squad, contact the chief or captain directly.