This year’s July and August proved to be very busy months for the Minerva Rescue Squad. July especially kept the squad moving.
During that month, the squad responded to all 16 of its calls, including seven advanced life support calls and nine basic life support calls. Two of them occurred at the same time Minerva ambulance 890 was en route to or at Glens Falls Hospital. With help from neighboring squads via mutual aid requests patients were given the emergency medical help they needed.
The month of August again had the Minerva squad quickly responding. There were 11 calls in the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad response area. These ranged from abdominal pain calls to falls to a diabetic emergency. Again, the squad was able to respond to each call with emergency medical crews.
The squad was also active outside the ambulance and emergency room. On August 20, the squad benefitted greatly as a result of a steak roast fundraiser at Sporty’s Iron Duke Saloon in Minerva. All proceeds went to the rescue squad and Minerva Snow Travelers for the purchase of a “wilderness ambulance,” also known as a snowbulance. After the fundraising is complete, the department will be able to acquire (along with associated equipment) this snowbulance, which will allow for the transport of patients from roadless wooded areas during either winter or summer conditions.
During Tropical Storm Irene and its aftermath, the squad played a large part in keeping the citizens of Minerva safe, responding to downed trees and power lines, checking on the health and welfare of people affected by the storm, and keeping the main firehouse open and available for people during this emergency.
Sunday, Sept. 18, from 8 to 11 a.m., the squad will host a scrumptious pancake breakfast at the Minerva Fire House on State Route 28N. A meal of pancakes, but also scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, coffee, tee, and orange juice will cost $5.
The fire and rescue squad is always looking for volunteers to help it do its important community service work. Interested people are encouraged to contact any member of the department to find out how to help.