Blacksburg Rescue Squad Receives Governor’s Award
On November 11th, 2017 several volunteers from the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, VA travelled to Norfolk, VA for the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Symposium and 38th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony.
“We are lucky to have such a large group of dedicated volunteers from our community who are willing to serve,” says David English, Chief. “Our 184 active members volunteer over 70,000 hours of service each year and respond to 3,250 calls for service.”
“Across the country, many volunteer agencies are struggling to keep the doors open. We could either hold onto the past
while the ship sinks or do something about it. Our membership has really embraced innovation and instead of lowering
our standards to keep people coming in, we have increased our expectations and rely on professionalism and peer accountability. It makes our organization stronger because every member is an essential part of the team and is
empowered to take on roles that allow them to grow both personally and professionally.”
The Governor’s Award for Outstanding EMS Agency is presented to the EMS Agency that exemplifies outstanding
professionalism and service to its community; whose high level of patient care is evident by innovative training,
community awareness, preventive health programs, public relations efforts and participation in local, regional and
statewide EMS systems.
The awards are presented in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services
Annual EMS Symposium. This weeklong training event is the largest EMS training event in the Commonwealth, and one
of the largest in the nation. The symposium welcomes more than 1,600 providers and issues approximately 22,558 hours
of continuing education credits.