Minerva Rescue Squad reaches milestone

— With another busy month this past November (9 calls), the Minerva Rescue Squad has responded to 140 calls this year. This makes 2012 the busiest year in terms of number of calls over the 62-year history of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Despite the small size of the fire department in Minerva (the squad is an integral part of the department), the rescue squad has not missed a single call this year for which emergency medical services was required, whether within the Town of Minerva, or in neighboring towns. This is due to the dedication of the volunteers who make up the membership of the MVFD&RS. Whether the call is 3:00 in the afternoon or 3:00 in the morning, Emergency Medical Technicians, Drivers and Aides will respond. More volunteers are needed to respond to more calls, however.

The Minerva Rescue Squad’s members are also actively engaged in classes and training. Three members are taking an EMT-Basic class in Pottersville: Simon Gardner, Tonya Leddick, and Debbie McIlrath. Junior member Karissa Wright is taking a Certified First Responder class, also in Pottersville. Cameron Dubay, who is currently an EMT-Intermediate with the squad, is taking an advanced level Critical Care class in Queensbury.

Volunteering for ones community is one of the most important activities a citizen can be involved in, and more interested volunteers are needed at the MVFD&RS. Needed are both firefighters and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) volunteers! Please contact a member of the department to find out how you can help.

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