The Verona Rescue Squad will be celebrating Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week with an open house on Sunday, May 17 from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature tours of the new ambulance, free food and refreshments, crafts and stories for the kids, demonstrations, membership drive, and a free CPR class (registration required). The Rescue Squad is located at 12 Church Street, off Bloomfield Avenue.
People today take for granted that we can pick up the phone, dial 9-1-1, and have an ambulance show up at our door in a few minutes, but that was not always the case. The EMS Services Development Act of 1973 is the starting point for modern EMS. The act authorized grants to develop a comprehensive EMS system, for feasibility studies, and for the establishment and initial operation of EMS systems.
In 1973, EMS Week was created by President Ford to celebrate EMS, its people and the work they do. May 17 through May 23 is the 41st annual EMS Week.
Many Rescue Squads across the country open their doors to the community and hold special events. Many hospitals show their appreciation for the Rescue Squads and their members. The Verona Rescue Squad is joining in the national celebration with an open house.
The New Rescue 8, pictured here, will be open for public inspection. Rescue 8 is a 2014 Ford E450, Type III, built by PL Custom Emergency Vehicles and delivered in April. Unlike the other ambulances in the fleet, Rescue 8 is gasoline powered, so it should accelerate faster, ride smoother and start better in cold weather.
A free CPR class will be offered during the open house from noon to 4 p.m. Preregistration is required. Mention if you require a CPR card.
The Squad is always looking for new members, and the open house is a good way for prospective members to learn more about the Squad. Anyone 16 or older can apply to become a member.
For more information about the Squad and the open house, or to reserve a spot in the CPR class, email [email protected]