Like the vast majority of the rescue squads in Vermont, CRS is staffed primarily by volunteers trained in emergency medicine. Applicants for membership are required to have, or be willing to obtain, an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification. Members can then obtain additional training in an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) course.
Although we define ourselves as a “volunteer squad,” CRS has had full-time paid employees since the end of 1998. These individuals run mostly during the weekday period, with volunteers during the evenings. Crews are assigned to each evening of the week, and these four-person crews live at the Rescue Station and operate the ambulance between 6 p.m. (1800) and 6 a.m. (0600); on-duty evening personnel sleep at the station. All members rotate to cover the Saturday and Sunday period from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each crew has four or five members, and on-duty crews usually comprise 3-4 people.
The on-duty crews are augmented by first responders within the Town. CRS members who live near the scene of a call and who might arrive at the scene several minutes before the ambulance, are encouraged to respond. These members have portable radios, and “jump kits” with the basic supplies they will need until the ambulance arrives.
Although our primary mission is emergency medical care, many members of CRS have experience with other types of rescue activities, including ice rescue, water rescue (including SCUBA diving), search and rescue, and mountain rescue. CRS' Technical Rescue Team takes advantage of these skills to perform ice, rock, water, and river rescue, as well as confined space and colapse rescue. The team is not only used in town but is now one of the FEMA state response teams. The Technical Rescue Team is separate, but integral, unit of the Squad.
CRS operates two fully-equipped ambulances from our station on Blakely Road, in the geographical center of Town. In addition, CRS operates three other vehicles for the Technical Rescue Team. As well as an inflatable Zodiak boat, 2 ATV's and trailer, and a utility trailer for specialized equipment.
In addition to emergency medical calls, CRS stands by at all structure fires in the Town, responding with the Malletts Bay Fire Department (MBFD) and the Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company (CCVFC). Furthermore, we assist rescue squads in several surrounding communities, including Milton, Essex, Burlington, and Winooski.
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