Scottsville to the rescue

In 2012, we made 226 calls into Fluvanna County, which accounted for 20% of our total calls for the year. We also have a similar arrangement with the northern area of Buckingham County (57 calls – 5% of our total in 2012).
I trust that you will print this letter, for a number of reasons:
To clear up any ambiguity or confusion for people living in that area of Fluvanna that we cover – they deserve to know who their primary rescue squad is.
To set the record straight. We think that rescue squad matters (an important service to the county) should be reported accurately.
And lastly, to give credit where it is due, and acknowledge the time and effort that our members put into the rescue squad (all unpaid volunteers), in 12 hour weekly shifts, monthly training and a lot of extra time on top of that, for local event standbys, fundraising, continuing education courses etc.
A lot has been written about Fluvanna volunteer rescue squad’s membership and recruitment woes. Sadly, this is a nationwide challenge for volunteer rescue squads, particularly in rural areas and we in Scottsville are certainly not immune to it – we exist to serve the community, but more than ever, we need the community’s help to achieve that.
We are currently running a recruitment drive, with the hopes of increasing our numbers, and we will also be hosting an Open Day at the Scottsville Rescue Squad (1 mile west of Scottsville, on Rt. 6) on Sunday August 25, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. There will be lots going on – squad truck 709 rides, vehicle extrication demonstration, vitals checks, tours of the rescue squad facilities and equipment. And for the children, bouncy house, face painting and coloring contest. Hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious cookies will be served. So please come and visit us.

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