Annual fund drive underway

Published 11:35 am Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Charlotte County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s annual fund drive is in high swing and will span until Aug. 31 to collect needed funds for the squad.

“With the tough economic times that are upon us and the increasing cost of operations, once again, as in the past, we ask you — our friends and neighbors of Charlotte County — for your support,” said Charlotte County Rescue Squad Captain Bill Mayhew in a countywide letter to residents and businesses.

Last February, Mayhew and rescue squad member Walt Bailey offered a presentation to the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors informing them about the operations of the organization. At the time, funding had not been increased for EMS operations in the county since 1999, according to the two.

“We are very fortunate that 47 years ago … the Charlotte County Rescue Squad was formed and has served this county in a great fashion for many, many years,” Bailey said.

Supervisors have slated funding for emergency medical services in the proposed 2017-18 budget.

County Administrator R.B. Clark previously said during a budget work session that the rescue squad is set to receive a recommended $35,000.

“We continue to operate three stations in Charlotte County; Station One in Keysville, Station Two in Wylliesburg and Station Eight in Phenix. These locations provide an ambulance within approximately eight miles of the majority of our citizens,” Mayhew said.

He noted the locations improves response times though there are costs associated with operating the stations.

“We are also experiencing an increase in the cost of training and equipment for our personnel and the increased cost of operating our vehicles,” Mayhew said. “Our ability to continue to provide high-quality emergency medical services depends upon your support,” he said in the letter.

A total of 1,887 emergencies were responded to by the departments last year, totaling 130,203 miles traveled.

Additionally, 8,869 man hours were logged, according to the letter.

The letter stated the hours didn’t include training and additional duties performed by the volunteers.

“Your donations are used for supplies, training and the operation of our emergency vehicles,” Mayhew said.

To make a contribution, donations may be sent to the Charlotte County Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 330, Keysville, VA 23947.