Recently a team from the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, known locally as Rescue Stations 8 and 14, travelled to the 2018 EMS World Expo in Nashville, Tennessee to receive the 2018 Volunteer EMS Service of the Year award of the year.
The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad has been providing life saving care to the commnity since 1952.
Today, VA Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad is is one of ten volunteer squads in the City of Virginia Beach.
Rescue 8/14 is the largest of the ten squads in the city with a fleet of 10 ambulances, several support vehicles and a volunteer staff of 175. The volunteers with Rescue 8/14 respond to nearly 14,000 of the city wide 46,000 calls for help, donating over 45,000 hours each year.
Chief Travis Smith is quoted as saying, “While in Nashville, we were surprised at the number of people, providers, agencies, medical professionals and community members – who approached us, fascinated by how our system works,” he said.”
Nominees for the Service of the Year Awards were scored on the following criteria: advances in EMS education and training; innovations in pre-hospital care; medical community involvement; EMS system/program upgrades; worker safety and well-being programs; injury- and illness-prevention projects; and public-education projects.
Did you know that EMT training is free when you join the Volunteer Rescue Squads of VA Beach?
To learn more about how you can volunteer, go to Join VB EMS and click on the join us link.