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Southside Rescue Squad

Our History

Several individuals saw the need to create a rescue agency to service the citizens of our community. On June 1, 1960 the organization began providing basic first aid and transportation.
Southside Rescue Squad is committed to providing a safe community, protecting the life and welfare for all people residing or visiting. We accomplish this by delivering quality emergency services to our community. In meeting this objective, we demand of ourselves the highest professional standards and dedication to our Core Values.
Throughout the years volunteer members have continued to serve by getting involved in the community. Members began to take courses giving them instructor credentials. Members were now taking more courses leading to more certified members able to perform more specialized tasks while on scene. They have taught classes at local churches, schools, and other organizations preparing the public on how provide care in the case of an emergency.
In 1985 the rescue squad decided to expand the building in response to tremendous growth, success and demand. They wanted to add new bays, bunkrooms and enhance the building to provide a larger space for bingo, training and special functions.
As the times changed throughout the years so has Southside Rescue Squad. It is now a dynamic and progressive volunteer EMS agency in the Southern Virginia and is continuing the legacy of those volunteers who initially embraced the idea of serving the community.
Our equipment has changed drastically as well. We now have state of the art health care technology that allows us to deliver the most up to date advances prehospital emergency care possible. Most of our members are now trained to perform Basic Life Support as well as Advanced Life Support and can now give multiple medicines and perform emergency medical procedures in the field. Although many things have changed, one thing has not; the commitment to serving our community. Our volunteers still serve with the same passion and dedication as in the past.

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