Waddington Rescue Squad In Need Of Rescue Itself

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When the emergency call comes in, members of the Waddington Rescue Squad respond as fast as they can - usually within minutes.

But a lack of volunteers is making coverage more difficult and members worry that if new blood isn't recruited soon, the squad and the community it serves could face some troubling times ahead.
 
On average, the rescue squad responds to between 12 and 25 calls a month.

With only a handful of active emergency medical technicians and even fewer certified first responders to go out on calls, the squad is struggling to rebound from a declining membership.
 
While becoming an EMT or first responder requires hours of training for certification, which the squad pays for, volunteer members are also needed as drivers and to help with lifting patients.
 
Being a rescue squad member can require a big commitment but it also can be a rewarding experience.
 
Stuart Armstrong has been a member of the squad for six years - mainly as a volunteer driver.

He says it takes a special kind of person to commit to being a rescue squad volunteer.
 
The squad plans to launch its search for new members with a recruitment flyer that will be sent to homes in the Waddington area.

One thing squad members say they hope to be able to avoid is having to hire paid EMT's which could end up being costly for the patients requiring squad services.

Those interested in joining the rescue squad are asked to call 388-5641.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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