Fincastle Rescue Squad is looking to increase the size of its membership. As the dynamics of available resources and the community continue to change, our goal is to build our membership to meet those demands. Fincastle Rescue has two ambulances and a response vehicle stationed in its quarters on Factory Street in Fincastle. The optimal goal at this time is to have enough volunteers to staff both trucks and to continue to work in conjunction with the county’s career staff to deliver the best and most timely emergency medical care to our citizens and the surrounding areas.
If you have ever been interested in volunteering with Emergency Medical Services, this is a great time to get involved. If you are age 16 or older, you can apply for membership. New members are accepted on a probationary level and are eligible to advance to senior membership once they have completed an EMT-Basic training course and have successfully passed the state certification exam for EMT-B. Probationary members are encouraged to ride along on ambulance calls and will learn important skills and routines by observing the certified EMTs provide care.
There will be another EMT-B Certification Training Course starting in August at the Fincastle Fire Department. Fincastle Rescue Squad will contract with new members to help cover the expenses for both the EMT course and the certification exam. Financial assistance may also be available for members seeking advanced certifications such as EMT-Intermediate, Medic and Paramedic.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the Fincastle Rescue Squad will need to complete two applications. The first is an application for Botetourt County Emergency Services. The application can be found online at yourbces.org. Once this application is submitted, the county will order a criminal background check and a check of the applicant’s DMV record. The second application is specific to Fincastle Rescue and can be picked up after 6 p.m. at the squad building at 20 Factory St. in Fincastle, located one block behind Botetourt Landscaping on Route 220. Or one can be requested by calling the Fincastle Rescue crew hall at 473-8383.
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Keep reading for more about the Fincastle Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Fincastle Volunteer Rescue Squad has served the needs of the residents of Fincastle and the surrounding area for 33 years. We are very proud of our volunteers who give willingly of their time and talents to respond to our neighbor’s calls for help. Although we are a separate entity from the Fincastle Fire Department, we frequently respond alongside them for calls involving motor vehicle accidents and fires.
Since we are a volunteer agency, most of the calls we cover are within the primary volunteer coverage hours, which include weekday nights and 24 hours a day on the weekend. Last year, Fincastle Rescue covered 80 percent of the calls received during primary volunteer hours. In addition to covering calls within our primary geographical area, we also responded to 65 percent or 131 requests for mutual aid assistance from our surrounding areas, including Buchanan, Eagle Rock, Troutville and Blue Ridge.
In 2003, Botetourt County added a career staff of emergency medical personnel to help meet the needs of the county’s growing population. Fincastle Rescue Squad works hand in hand with the county career staff and remains a vital component of the overall success of the Emergency Medical Services in Botetourt County.
Last fall Botetourt County EMS offered an EMT Basic training course at the Fincastle Fire Department. Five probationary members of Fincastle Rescue completed the course and were then registered for the State of Virginia EMT-B certification exam. All five candidates were successful in passing the exam and became certified EMT-Bs. Having achieved certification, those members were then granted senior membership, and after a period of observation and training, they were ready to assume the role of emergency patient care provider. In addition to our volunteer EMT-Bs, we are so very fortunate to have two Advanced Life Support Medics as part of our membership. The knowledge and skills these members bring to our squad allow us to respond to both Basic and Advanced Life Support calls.
– Written by Terry Schodowski, Secretary, Fincastle Rescue Squad, and submitted by Tasha Parr