Local Rescue Squad Calls on Community

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Some area emergency responders are reaching out to the community for help.

They say they need all the volunteers they can get.

That’s why the Ashford Rescue Squad wants you!

“We're trying to get people to come help us,” said paramedic Brent Skipper.

The squad is 100% volunteer and right now, they're finding it difficult to get people to help out during the day.

“We've been getting some bad publicity because we have not had enough day time coverage lately, and that's because two of our members that were there left us,” said rescue squad president Diane Watson.

Volunteers say their busy schedules prevent them from answering calls during the daytime.

“I go to school, I’m still in high school, and then I go to work so I can't be up here until night,” said 18-year-old volunteer Dyllan Powell.

“There are some days you have people available and some days you don't, it all depends on everyone's work schedules,” said Skipper.

“It gives me a good feeling myself to help people, a life is more important than anything,” said Watson.

She says the lack of daytime help is a common problem for small town volunteer services.

“We need some volunteers, people who are willing to come in and help because without volunteers, we can't function, we can't get out there fast enough,” she added.

Response time is critical during an emergency. Rescue squad members say having someone on call during the day, could mean the difference between life and death.

“A lot of them are very major calls that need to be taken care of immediately,” added Skipper.

“The faster you get help to them the faster you're going to save their life. Saving a life is the most important thing you can do…and we need people that have that compassion,” said Watson.

The rescue squad will help you get certified to become a paramedic; they'll even pay for the classes.

If you're interested in volunteering, just give them a call at 899-5115.

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