1. Where is SVRS located?
Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad is located in the heart of Strasburg, Virginia which is in the northern end of Shenandoah County. Strasburg is a small town that consists of about 6,400 people.
2. How many calls does SVRS run per month?
On average, SVRS recieves about 140 calls per month. Last year, in 2010, we had around 1700 calls.
3. Is SVRS an all volunteer organization?
All the members of SVRS are volunteers. We do, however, have career staff stationed at our building Monday thru Friday from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue.
4. Do the members of SVRS get paid for running calls?
No, all the members are volunteer and run calls at their own will. We do this to benefit the community.
5. How old do you have to be to become a member?
To become a member, you have to be at least 16 years of age. No other requirements are necessary.
6. What are the requirements to join SVRS?
There are no requirements to join SVRS, but you are strongly encouraged to recieve further training in the EMS field. For example, after being accepted into Active Senior Status, you have 18 monthes to enroll in an EMT class.
7. Do you have to live in Strasburg in order to be a member of SVRS?
No. Many of our members live on the outskirts of town, or in other towns around the area.
8. How do I become a member?
To become a member simply fill out the On-Line Application found at www.svrs25.com or come to the station headquarters and pick up an application.
9. What types of membership does SVRS offer?
The types of membership SVRS offer are as follows: Under 18 Status, Active Status, Operational Support and Support Group. There are other types of membership that are offered to members only. They include: Honorary, Associate, and Life Membership Statuses.
10. What training is required to join?
There is no training required when members first join but after 18 months in Active Senior Status, members are required to enroll in an EMT-B class. CPR is offered throughout the year and members are encouraged to receive that certification as well.
11. Do you have to pull duty from the building?
No. Although most members do, all that is currently required is that members are within 5 minutes of the building while they are pulling duty. Pulling duty from the building is strongly encouraged though. Although, members that are Under 18 and do not have a driver's license are required to pull from the building.
12. How many hours a month are you required to pull duty?
Currently, in order for a member to be an active status member, they have to pull at least 18 hours of duty per month. Jr. Members are only required to pull 6 hours of duty per month. Usually, tours of duty are 6 hours each, so that means that members need to pull 3 tours of duty per month. A lot of members, however, pull more than 12 hours of duty per month.
13. Once I am accepted into membership, what happens next?
Once a person is accepted into active status 6 months probation, members will be given a mentor. A mentor will help the new member adjust to the routines of SVRS and answer any questions the new member might have. At the end of the 6 months probation, the member will have another interview and then be voted on at the next regular monthly meeting for full membership staus.
14. Is there a way to help with fundraisers and events without having to run calls?
Yes. At SVRS we have a support group that assists with our fundraisers and events. We wouldn't be able to have great events without them, and are always looking for new members.
15. When are the monthly meetings?
The monthly meetings are always the first Monday of every month at 7:30 PM unless it falls on a National Holiday. In that case, the meeting would be the following Monday.
16. What kinds of fundraisers does SVRS host?
SVRS hosts and sponsers a variety of fundraisers including: Soup Days, Basket Bingos, Chicken BBQs, Bake Sales, Ladies Night Out, Golf Tournaments, etc. We usually try and have a fundraiser at least once a month.
17. What areas does SVRS cover?
SVRS covers Strasburg, Toms Brook, parts of Star Tannery, Frederick County, and Warren County.
18. What hospitals does SVRS transport to?
SVRS transports to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Winchester Medical Center, and Warren Memorial Hospital.
19. Does SVRS offer private transports?
No. SVRS only responds to emergency calls.
20. Does SVRS charge people for transporting them?
No. SVRS does not charge people for transporting them. While surrounding agencies have begun this, SVRS still remains a non-profit organization.
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