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Free rescue squad service has its costs

Send donations to Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175.

During the Urbanna Oyster Festival, the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad set up a temporary “emergency room,” complete with doctors and nurses, at the rescue squad building on Grace Avenue, reported Urbanna Town Administrator Lewis Filling, who also is a squad driver.

This is the third year for the emergency room, which was staffed by 90 volunteers, said Filling.

About 125 patients were seen with minor problems, including some elderly patients who just needed to rest.

However, there were 22 patients with more serious injuries and the temporary emergency room was able to handle nearly two out of three cases. Only eight patients had to be transported to area hospitals.

There was no cost for rescue squad treatment at the festival, or any time of year, said Filling, who added that the rescue squad needs money and volunteers in order to keep providing services.

Fund drive begins

In 2007, the Urbanna Rescue Squad’s three vehicles responded to 670 calls, and the 32 members volunteered 10,475 hours, said Filling, who added the rescue squad relies on donations to operate and is starting its annual fund drive.

“Support from the community is what keeps us in business,” Filling said at Monday’s council meeting.

Filling said the squad also needs more volunteers. “We need two things—money and people.”

Area residents soon will receive a letter that offers them a free photography sitting and family portrait. The photos will be taken at the Urbanna Rescue Squad building on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 919-583-9612 to make an appointment.

Donations may be sent to: Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175.

posted 12.04.2008

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