To provide emergency medical services in and about the County of Henrico, Virginia, to citizens and visitors of the county at no cost for services rendered.
It all started with 41 founding members from the Lakeside community who organized Lakeside Emergency Services. The squad’s primary responsibilities were to transport people that were sick or injured. On January 25, 1958, the name was changed to Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad.
The original station was a small building that was located at 5400 Lakeside Avenue. In May 1959, a resident donated the property at 2007 Timberlake Avenue, where a service station was located. After the property was donated, the service station was demolished to make way for the new station.
On April 21, 1962, ground was broken, and construction began on the new station. Only 16 months after breaking ground, the building was completed. On April 15, 1962, the building officially opened, and crews began responding to calls. In September of 1962, hundreds of citizens attended the official dedication of the building.
Many things have changed since 1958. Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad now answers over 1,200 calls a year, has a fleet of three ambulances, one quick response vehicle, and one all-terrain EMS cart.
Today’s ambulances are equipped with the most up to date equipment for Basic and Advanced Life Support.
The squad has a combination of over 50 volunteers who are trained EMT’s to Paramedics. To date, the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad is one of the last squads in the State of Virginia to provide emergency no cost EMS transport to medical facilities. All capital and operational expenses are paid for with funds received from donations, grants, Henrico County fund allocations, and the Four-for-Life program.
We want you to share the wonderful feeling of being there when people need us the most. Become a Member and get that feeling.
Emergency calls, Training, Public Education, and Fundraising Activities occupy most of our time at the Squad. We also staff units for standby at sporting and other events.