Cottonwood Rescue looking for ambulance drivers

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COTTONWOD, AL (WTVY) -- One group is trying to get Cottonwood Rescue back up and running. The volunteer ambulance service disbanded earlier in 2017 due to a lack of volunteers.

Cottonwood Rescue is offering a series of classes to volunteers at their building in Cottonwood throughout December for any volunteers looking to become a certified ambulance driver.

Rickey Stokes is serving as the current captain of Cottonwood Rescue, and he says that things have changed in regards to who can drive an ambulance.

He said "The state requires certain things and certain training. No longer can you just jump in the ambulance and take off and drive, you have to be certified."

Some people are seeing this opportunity as the chance to improve the community.

Courtney maddox of enterprise is volunteering with cottonwood rescue as part of plan going forward that she calls "make cottonwood great again."

She says "We can get certified people in here and get this rescue squad up and running so we can have a crew here 24/7 to make sure Cottonwood has all their medical needs in case they need any"

With the courses in place, Stokes is eyeing cottonwood Rescue to be up and running again by January 1st. But they are always looking for more volunteers.

The remaining classes will be held on December 16th from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. December 18th, 19th and 20th all lasting from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M.

Classes will be held at the Cottonwood Rescue headquarters at 57 Granger Street in Cottonwood.