Dear Lakeside Neighbor & Supporter
The Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad comes to you again for support. My name is Carrie Owens, and I represent the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad as its 2016 President. I want to thank each of you that have been so gracious in sending donations to us over the past year. We operate entirely on donations as a nonprofit organization. Every dollar is accepted and put to good use in our continuous service to you.
With your help, we have been able to obtain many goals in our mission to provide the highest quality pre-hospital care to residents of Lakeside and Henrico County. We have been able to purchase two additional LUCAS CPR devices that have assisted us in saving people in cardiac arrest. The cost of these two devices was $45,000.00. We have also been able to purchase a new power stretcher at the cost of $18,000.
Training for our EMS providers is of the upmost importance.
Your donations have allowed for our squad to pay the cost of around $1,500.00 per year to host classes and provide our members with reimbursements for classes. These class subjects are required continuing education that range from subjects of Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Pediatric Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, and Emergency Vehicle Operation Courses.
One of our current goals for 2016-2017 is to replace one of our 16 year old ambulances with a new one fitted with a power load cot fastener system. This system is designed to reduce any possible risks of injury during transfer of patients into and out of the ambulance. This is a new requirement put into place by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The use of this system will benefit all patients and providers. Even with the possible assistance of a grant to help with the purchase, out of pocket expense for Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad could go as high as $170,000.00. We need your assistance to maintain a constant state of readiness with reliable vehicles and equipment.
Your donations also keep us operating within our budget of $200,000.00.
This allows for routine maintenance of ambulances, building and grounds, uniforms, and medical supplies.
We provide 911 emergency care to the citizens of Henrico County free of charge. Other agencies in Henrico County also provide this critical service free of charge, unlike our EMS agencies in surrounding jurisdictions. Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad answers around 2,100 calls per year and provide around 30,000 volunteer hours per year. Please help us maintain this service free with your generous and fully deductible donation.
Carrie M. Owens, President
Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.