MCVRS to build ‘Station 2’ in Hartfield
by Tom Chillemi
Middlesex County’s population is growing and so is the need for emergency medical services. About 65 percent of the calls for the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS) of Deltaville are in the Hartfield area, or to assist the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad of Urbanna.
To speed response time, MCVRS will construct a building in Hartfield to house two ambulances, said rescue squad president Walter Revere.
In the last 6 months of 2008, the MCVRS had 348 calls, and 225 of them were in the Hartfield or Urbanna areas, Revere said. The Deltaville squad had a total of 726 calls last year.
Wayne Evans, captain of the MCVRS, said 67 percent of Deltaville squad members will be able to access the new Hartfield building quicker, which will shave valuable minutes off response time. Deltaville is about 6 miles from Hartfield.
Evans noted that “Station 2” in Hartfield will be part of the MCVRS, commonly known as the Deltaville Rescue Squad. All training, business meetings and fund-raising events will be at “Station 1,” the squad headquarters in Deltaville.
“Station 2 will be designed to serve the community and, more particularly, our service area more efficiently,” said Evans.
For the past 6 years, the Deltaville Rescue Squad has housed an ambulance at the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD), said Revere. This has cut response times significantly.
However, with the addition of that ambulance, the HVFD building is full of vehicles. “A new building will allow us to house two ambulances in Hartfield,” said Revere, and it will free space at the Hartfield Firehouse.
“A new building has been talked about for years,” said Revere, who added that the Deltaville Rescue Squad has been looking for land in the Hartfield area for two or three years. “We got no positive response until Dr. Skinner came forward,” said Revere.
Evans said that Dr. [Steven P.] Skinner of the Hartfield Animal Hospital “generously provided property at a greatly-reduced cost to the rescue squad. It’s his kind of support and the support of the rest of the community that makes what we do worthwhile,” said Revere.
The 3,600-square-foot building will be built behind the animal hospital. It will be “a bare bones building with no frills” and house two ambulances, said Revere. “Our goal is to put medic units on the scene faster.”
Land has been cleared. Courthouse Construction of Gloucester is scheduled to start construction in April. The target date for completion is September.
Middlesex County taxes contribute approximately one-third of the Deltaville Rescue Squad’s budget. This amount almost pays for fuel and insurance, said Evans.
Citizen donations and fund-raising efforts by the MCVRS Ladies Auxiliary provide the remaining two-thirds of the squad’s annual budget, said Evans. “Without the donations and the ladies auxiliary, we would not be able to provide service for free,” he said.
Some surrounding counties now charge patients on a per call basis, noted Evans.
Donations can be sent to: Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043.
The MCVRS Ladies Auxiliary also operates a flea market every Wednesday and Saturday on Route 33 next to Bella’s Pizza in Deltaville, and offers bingo at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Deltaville squad house.