Members of the Minerva EMS
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.
The dedication of this group of people and its interest in maintaining a quality emergency medical service has been amazing. Here is a quick list of some of the longer-tenured volunteers: Kathy Halloran (32 years); Keith Dubay (30 years); Don Clark (20 years); Sharyn Wright (12 years); Mike Corey (12 years); Greg Wright, Lynn Green, and Debbie Palmatier (all 9 years). Karen Wright, who began her membership with the MVFD&RS in 2008, was very recently awarded the Basic Life Support Provider of the Year by the Mountain Lakes Regional EMS Council; the dedication is there!
The squad has been very active in 2012, holding a recruitment open house in the spring, participating in Donkey Basketball at Minerva Central School, and working with the Town of Minerva Emergency Preparedness Committee on a mock plane crash drill this summer.
The Department’s junior program is alive and well, too — one of the juniors will be taking a Certified First Responder course this fall. The squad remains is as vital and critically needed as it can be. Thanks go to ALL the members for making it the best it can be. More drivers and EMTs are needed: please contact a member of the MVFD&RS regarding how you can help your community.