Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squads Celebrate EMS Week, May 19-25

Virginia Beach, Va. – Each May, National EMS Week recognizes the work of emergency medical personnel throughout the country. In Virginia Beach, it is an opportunity to honor the dedication of the 1,000+ volunteers that make up the largest volunteer-based EMS system in the country.

For the first time, four Virginia Beach squads will be partnering on a fundraising effort during EMS Week, which takes place May 19 – 25. The four squads include Chesapeake Beach, Kempsville, Princess Anne Courthouse and Virginia Beach.

Each of the ten squads operates as its own 501(c)(3) and is responsible for funding station operations as well as purchasing equipment, uniforms and vehicles. They answer a combined 40,000 9-1-1 calls per year and save the city an estimated $22 million annually. Because of their efforts, pre-hospital emergency medical care is free to all Virginia Beach residents and visitors.

The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is running a marketing campaign in support of the squads’ fundraising efforts, encouraging the community to support the local rescue squads by making a donation at www.LivesNeedSaving.org.

“We are extremely proud that so many of our citizens give their time to save the lives of their neighbors on a moment’s notice and with such a high level of personal dedication,” says Kitty Schaum, executive director of the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, which supports the recruitment and retention efforts of all squads. “This year’s campaign gives residents a chance to give something back and say thank you.”

Virginia Beach EMS volunteers go through months of training before being released as EMTs, and once they join a squad, they commit to working at least four 12-shifts per month.

“These are extremely qualified, well-trained professionals, many of whom volunteer and work full-time jobs that are completely different from what they’re trained to do with the rescue squads,” adds Schaum.

Not all volunteer positions require EMS training, however.  Each squad depends on administrative volunteers to assist with scheduling and fundraising, among other needs, and some of the special operations teams, like the Marine Rescue/Dive Team, do not require EMT certification.

To support your local volunteer rescue squad, visit www.LivesNeedSaving.org and click the “Donate” button.

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The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc., as well as the entire volunteer emergency medical system in Virginia’s largest city. It is our vision to advocate for an independent and vital volunteer Virginia Beach rescue system, which provides free pre-hospital emergency care to the citizens and visitors of Virginia Beach. Foundation initiatives include recruitment, retention, advocacy and education efforts, among others. For more information, visit www.vbrescuefoundation.org.

 

© 2021 Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation

Rescue Station 17 – Sandbridge
305 Sandbridge Road
PO Box 6113
Virginia Beach, Va. 23456
(757) 385-2917
www.sandbridgerescuesquad.com

Rescue Station 6 – Creeds
595 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Va. 23457
(757) 721-6389
VBEMS.com – Creeds

Rescue Station 8 – Virginia Beach
1243 Bayne Drive
Virginia Beach., Va. 23454
(757) 437-4830
www.vbvrs.org

Rescue Station 14 – Virginia Beach
740 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Va. 23451
(757) 437-4830
www.vbvrs.org

Rescue Station 16 – Plaza
3610 South Plaza Trail
Virginia Beach, Va. 23452
(757) 385-2684
www.plazarescue.com

Rescue Station 9 – Kempsville
5145 Ruritan Court
Virginia Beach, Va. 23462
(757) 340-KVRS
www.kvrs.org

Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters And Training Center
4160 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, Va. 23452
(757) 385-1999
www.vbems.com

Rescue Station 2 – Davis Corner
4672 Haygood Road
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455
(757) 460-7574
www.dcvrs.org

Rescue Station 4 – Chesapeake Beach
2211 Greenwell Road
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455
(757) 385-7304
www.res4cue.com

Rescue Station 1 – Ocean Park
3769 Shore Drive
PO Box 5545
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455
(757) 464-0594
www.vbrescue1.com