Formed in 1974, Floyd County Rescue Squad is a volunteer squad serving the citizens and visitors of Floyd County, Virginia, a high-popular tourism destination, thanks in large measure to its artisans, musicians, scenic terrain (including some 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway) and diverse entertainment opportunities.
The squad is also an active member organization of the Virginia Association of Rescue Squads.
To serve its area, FCRS operates three fully-equipped and staffed rescue stations in the county. The largest station is located centrally to the county of the outskirts of the county seat, Floyd, VA. Another station is located in the western part of the county and the third is situated in the northeast section.
Medical emergency equipment owned and operated by the Squad includes a crash truck, eight advanced life support support equipped ambulances and a six-wheel all terrain vehicle (ATV) equipped to carry a patient and attendants over rugged mountainous terrain.
Floyd County Life Saving & First Aid Squad, Inc. holds two-hour membership meetings on the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Station One on U.S. 221 North just outside the Town of Floyd. It also holds monthly training sessions at Station One, also at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month.
This status is for Virginia certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Active Members run a regular call schedule with their station. Duty includes night call and day call when available. An Active Member must be at least 18 years of age.
A status for Emergency Medical Technicians. Call duty consists of 24 hours per month. Candidates for Associate membership must either be experienced Emergency Medical Technicians or must complete the standard probationary member program before becoming an Associate Member.
Life membership may be bestowed upon election by squad members to those who have made substantial contributions to the squad after 10 years of active service on the squad (15 years of associate membership). There are three categories of life membership:
(1) Active Life Members are those who meet the same requirements as regular members;
(2) Semi-active Life Members must meet the same requirements of regular, except they may hold either a valid certification as an emergency medical technician or as an emergency vehicle operator or both. They must be available for a minimum of 12 hours duty each month or run at least 12 calls per month;
(3) Inactive Life Members are recognized for past service, but no longer run calls or hold office.
This status are for those who do not want to complete Emergency Medical Technician training, but wish to assist with driving. Requirements are the completion of an Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course and Vehicle Extrication Course. A Special Member must be at least 21 years of age.
This status lasts at least six months while new Emergency Medical Technicians/members learn the ropes and complete the regional protocol training. Probationary Members must be at least 16 years of age.
A temporary status for folks who want to “see what it’s all about before making the time commitment for the Emergency Medical Technician class. Probationary Observers have one year to complete training requirements. Probationary Observers must be at least 16 years of age.
(Applications are available from any rescue squad member or by calling 745-2800.)
Non-members may be recognized for their contributions to the squad. They may attend meetings, but are ineligible to hold an office.
How to Join
See above for membership categories. Applications may be obtained from any member, by calling 745-2800 or by letter to Floyd County Rescue Squad, Personnel Officer, PO Box 257, Floyd, VA 24091. Please include name, mailing address, telephone number and the membership category you’re interested in. We’ll be in touch.
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