In the fall of 2019, volunteers from the Princess Anne Courthouse Rescue Squad (PACHVRS) travelled to New Orleans for the 2019 EMS World Expo, where they received the ZOLL sponsored “2019 Volunteer EMS Agency of the Year Award.:
This is their story in their own words:
The Courthouse volunteers have served the emergency medical needs of the Princess Anne/General Booth/Redmill/Salem areas of the City of Virginia Beach since 1947.
Its 110 operational and administrative members serve approximately 50,000 hours per year. PACHVRS lists a fleet of four ALS-equipped ambulances, staffing one ALS-equipped ambulance at each of two stations each shift, answering approximately 5,000 calls annually.
Committed to professional development, PACHVRS leadership nominates members for recognition through local, regional, and national programs as well as outside community organizations. PACHVRS provides coordination, scheduling and staffing for large-scale events each year. Community education includes safety and first aid training at schools and civic organizations, as well as members who lead Stop the Bleed and Hands Only CPR education.
As an agency in a teaching system, PACHVRS’ ambulances frequently operate with a three-person crew that includes a trainee. A recent design change included an extended-cab type 1 ambulance design with 4- point restraints and cot retention devices for patient and crew safety. Regularly scheduled “Squad Days” promote comradery and build esprit de corps outside of the duty environment.
On May 31, 2019, PACHVRS units were the first on the scene of the Virginia Beach Active Shooter incident. PACHVRS’ signature blue ambulances soon became the leading image on local and national newscasts. On June 2, members walked from PACHVRS’ home station to the memorial site to pay respects before gathering at a local eatery for dinner. “We work and respond to calls together, so it is only right we break bread together,” said Trevor Kirk, NRP, chair of the board of directors for PACHVRS. “We join the rest of the city in making sure Virginia Beach will not be remembered as a place of violence, but as a place of unwavering support and love for our community.” [provided by PACHVRS]
Congratulations Courthouse Rescue Squad Volunteers, job well done!
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