Henderson County Rescue Squad celebrates 60 years
The Henderson County Rescue Squad celebrates 60 years of service with a free community event this Saturday, August 26, 2017.
It coincides with the Henderson County Heritage Museum’s "60 Years of Volunteer Rescue in WNC" historical exhibit, opening on the third floor of the historic courthouse in downtown Hendersonville.
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, community members can get an up-close look at the rescue squad’s trucks and equipment used to respond to emergencies all across Western North Carolina. A scuba diving demonstration will also be on site, and you can learn more about becoming a member of the team.
Chief of the Henderson County Rescue Squad, Jimmy Brissie, says the squad is comprised of about 100 personnel with diverse backgrounds. This includes about 45 paid staff members and 55 volunteers.
From 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. there will also be a reception for current and former rescue squad members and their families.
On News 13 This Morning, members of the rescue squad simulated various scenarios to demonstrate the types of training they do. Watch the video to hear from the first female volunteer of the squad, Kathy Morgan, who joined in 1981 and is still active 36 years later.
In fact, she is currently the organization’s chief financial officer. Rescue squad officials say the department is now about 50 percent female.
The Henderson County Rescue Squad partners with Blue Ridge Community College to train at a facility on their campus in Henderson County. The chairman of the board of directors for the rescue squad, Mike Edney, says the squad’s rescue technicians are state certified and put in about 300 hours of training each year.
Watch the video to see rescue technicians rappel down a 70-foot fire tower. You can also see News 13’s Lauren Brigman rappel down a 20-foot fire tower, alongside the Chief of the Henderson County Rescue Squad, Jimmy Brissie.
Click here to learn more about joining the Henderson County Rescue Squad and here to keep up with what they are doing in our community.
The crew said they always need new volunteers, because the number of calls they respond to are increasing. If you would like to train or volunteer, you can go to hendersoncountyrescue.org.