EMS World

OCT 2018

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62 OCTOBER 2018 | EMSWORLD.com S P O T L I G H T: Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach, Va. 2018 Volunteer EMS Service of the Year Sponsored by ZOLL The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad serves the emergency medical needs of the busy coastal destination of Virginia Beach. Home to an active military and tourist population, the town is served by 10 volunteer rescue squads, and the 175-member Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad donates over 45,000 hours of volunteer operational and support time yearly. "The rescue squad has crews running out of two stations and responds to over 14,000 calls each year," explains Doris Foster, the squad's historian. All operational members commit to 48 hours per month, and support members volunteer 12. All services are provided free of charge; no patients are billed. Funding for the squad comes from fund drives and state and local grants. They also receive funds from memorial donations from community members. "This is a multimillion dollar business that is run on a day-to-day basis by volunteers and the commitment of community leaders," says Foster, adding that the agency covers medical support for large-scale events in the bustling region, including parades, marathons, music festivals, and beachside celebrations. Community education includes safety and first aid training at schools and civic organizations as well as proper beach, water, and hurricane practices. An innovative digital dashboard accessible to all members details fleet and equipment status, SOPs, bylaws, member "shout-outs," and other agency news. The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad works closely with other volunteer squads to share best practices and promote the value of volunteer EMS agencies across the country. A squad chaplain provides emotional support to crew members, and an EMS honor guard represents the department when a member of the public safety community is lost in the line of duty. "Virginia Beach is a safer place to live because of the volunteer medical support and community outreach," says Foster. "The rescue squad's mission statement emphasizes reliable service, quality training, cooperative alliances, and community awareness." O F T H E Y E A R S P O N S O R E D B Y : For More Information Circle 46 on Reader Service Card MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TOOL KIT FOR LEADERS IN PARAMEDICINE THE PARAMEDICINE LEADER TOOL KIT ON MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING www.emsgrit.org Led by the National EMS Management Association, the EMS GRIT project is a leader toolkit of vetted resources that support provider mental health and well-being. This tool kit provides EMS leaders a set of resources to help support the mental health and well-being of your sta . It is arranged under the PILLARS OF STIGMA, RESILIENCE and SELFCARE. As leaders we know our sta members are our most precious resource. People who devote their lives in service to others are a special breed. But they also are witness to the challenges and sometimes horrors of the human condition. A sacred duty of leaders in paramedicine is to support our sta so they can best do their job. It's clearly the right thing to do, but there's also a strong business case to support the well-being of our employees. This tool kit can help you do just that. www.emsgrit.org Learn More at EMS World Expo G T I R Growing Toolkit In EMS Resilience Brought to you by Proudly sponsored by

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