Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad Needs Your Help

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

July 15, 2007

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, usually responding to your calls for help, is now asking for a little help from the citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

"There is no such thing as busy in the morning or busy in the evening. It's busy 24/7," said Burruss.

The squad provides medical services for all of Charlottesville and half of Albemarle County, and this time of year can be a busy one.

"During the summer time, we have a lot of tourists from out of the area, and everybody's outside doing athletic type of activities, so we get a lot of calls with that," said Burruss.

Squad members hope to make it to each call within six minutes, but they need more volunteers to make sure they can meet that goal.

Jackie Ripollone hopes to join the squad in September.

"When I'm here doing any training, I just get very pumped up and really excited because everybody else around me is excited about doing it," said Ripollone.

"It's one of those things you feel really good about yourself at the end of the day. It's awesome. We're all down here because we want to be, and we like what we're doing," said Burruss.

The community is also benefiting from their services. The Charlottesville-Albemarle volunteer squad responds to around 30 calls every day.

"I'm glad I've done it. I've been here 27 years, and I hope I'll be here another 27. I like it so much, I spend my summer days down here teaching these guys to do it," said Burruss.

Training classes are offered for free.

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