Our all-volunteer Floyd County Rescue Squad was formed in 1974 by a group of local men and women who recognized that rapid transport to nearby, appropriate hospital emergency rooms was critical to survival for many people.

But as times and working situations changed over the years, it became more and more difficult for Floyd County’s rescue volunteers to find work within the county or to be able to take off the job when needed.  As a result, it became increasingly difficult to staff an ambulance in the wee hours of weekday mornings and during work days.

Eventually, in 2004, the county Board of Supervisors stepped in to create a paid emergency medical organization, called Floyd County Emergency Medical Services.

FCEMS provides an Advanced Life Support (ALS) certified technician 24-hours a day, seven days per week. It also provides one Basic Life Support two-man team in the county between midnight and 4 p.m. weekdays to provide coverage while volunteers may not be available.  (Individual technicians, paid and volunteer, may be certified as ALS techs.)

Often, both paid and volunteer members are on the FCRS ambulance when it responds to medical emergencies. Most people can’t tell the difference between them — and that’s the way it should be.