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YOUR REHOBOTH

RESCUE SQUAD

 

For the past 46 years, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad has provided emergency services to the town of Rehoboth. We are the only 100% unpaid volunteer public safety organization in Rehoboth.  Aside from regular training and drills, rescue members also volunteer time for details and fundraisers.  We use money raised to help pay for equipment and training.  Rescue has never had an accident or incident that has caused a liability for the town. Safety is always our first concern, and has been for 45 years.  We expect to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with the townspeople in 2015.

 

Rescue members continuously train in our core responsibilities, which include auto extrication, water rescue, dive team search and recovery, search & rescue, storm spotting, RACES Ham radio operation, and support to the town's other emergency service entities.  By focusing on these core areas, we ensure the highest level of competency and safe practices.  Rescue members often go beyond typical monthly training drills, meeting several times a month to practice and train. 


"Your Rehoboth Rescue Squad has always acted to serve our town when called upon.  We are your friends and neighbors who are vested in protecting life and property in our community.  If you have the same desire to be of service to your town, we invite you to join the squad, and serve within our exciting response teams: Dive Team, Search & Rescue Team, HAM RACES Team, Auto Extrication Specialists, Storm Spotters and EMS Corps.  Join us today, and be 'IN SERVICE FOR LIFE!'"

Please visit our website to learn more about your Rehoboth Rescue Squad.

REHOBOTH RESCUE WEATHER SPOTTERS

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SKYWARN™ is a concept developed in the early 1970s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado.

     Another part of SKYWARN™ is the receipt and effective distribution of National Weather Service information.

     The organization of spotters and the distribution of warning information lies with the National Weather Service or  with an emergency management agency within the community.

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DONATE YOUR END-OF-LIFE

VEHICLE TO THE SQUAD

     Any person who is the legal owner of an end-of-life vehicle may contact the Squad.  Removal and towing are provided free of charge.  The Squad utilizes such vehicles for extrication training.  All vehicles are subsequently disposed of through automotive recycling in the best interest of the environment.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

Rescue always welcomes new members who wish to serve.  The Squad provides all training, and true camaraderie exists among the personnel.  There are many exciting areas of rescue, and interested persons are encouraged to contact us to learn about the Dive Team, Search & Rescue Team, HAM RACES Team, Storm Spotters, Auto Extrication Specialists, animal rescue, and EMS Corps.  YOU can help us to remain “In Service for Life.”  For more information, call 774-371-0017 (business) or log on to rehobothrescue7.org.

AS COLD WEATHER ARRIVES, REMA IS PREPARED TO SHELTER

(December 2, 2013)  The Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency (REMA) has recently placed into service a 12' all aluminum trailer equipped with emergency shelter supplies to prepare and operate our shelter in times of need.  The trailer and much of its supplies were purchased via a grant obtained by REMA and through donations and fundraising with no cost to the town.  The trailer’s interior was designed and built by members of REMA and the Rescue squad.  This shelter trailer will greatly enhance our shelter capabilities and our abilities to manage our shelter successfully.


EVDT Training Includes New Trailer

The new shelter trailer was placed into service just in time for the Rehoboth Rescue Squad’s EVDT refresher training earlier on November 17.  Readers may recall from past articles that EVDT stands for Emergency Vehicle Driver Training. 

     As part of the Squad’s Standard Operating Procedures, all personnel must be properly trained to drive the town’s emergency vehicles under both emergency and non-emergency situations.  Accordingly, intensive training includes a classroom component focused on reasons for needing a comprehensive driver-training program, driver

fitness, standard operating procedures, physical forces that affect emergency vehicle operation, vehicle maintenance and inspections, legal aspects, actual road scenarios while in emergency response, and the overall role and responsibilities of the emergency vehicle operator. Training also includes a challenging multi-station competency course, on the road training, and smaller classroom sessions such as “Roll-Over Prevention.”      

     Because the Squad and REMA manage several trailers, EVDT training also includes a safe trailering component.  Personnel who are authorized to tow are given refresher training on proper hook-ups, physical forces that affect trailers in tow, backing, and maneuvering.  To the latter, personnel must also tow a trailer through a competency course.  Because it is important to be familiar with all apparatus, the new shelter trailer was used during the November 17 training.

     Citizens who are interested in volunteering with the Rehoboth Rescue Squad or its parent, the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency, are encouraged to visit www.rehobothrescue7.org, or call 774-371-0017.  Persons of all walks of life are welcome, and the diverse talents of our people only make our combined agency stronger.

Chief Kloss instructs on trailer operations.

Rescue 7 at one of the competency course stations.

     With every passing season, there are new considerations for management of shelters, particularly as the needs of the population increase with complexity.  Increased diversity and cultural differences, medical needs and strict privacy laws, and care and protection of those whom are sheltered are just some of the factors that contribute to the complexity.  For this reason, REMA hosted a presentation by the American Red Cross for REMA and Rescue volunteers as well as members of the Norton Emergency Management Agency.  This January 15th training, which took place at the Council on Aging building, provided key information on the latest methods in providing shelter in addition to welcoming dialogue of best practices between neighboring agencies. 

     Citizens who are interested in volunteering with the Rehoboth Rescue Squad or its parent, the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency, are encouraged to visit www.rehobothrescue7.org, or call 774-371-0017.  Persons of all walks of life are welcome, and the diverse talents of our people only make our combined agency stronger.

Rescue Team 2 in active search for missing person

Rescue Team 1 surveys an area for missing person

Rescue Team 1 confirms missing person located

WINTER SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING

(January 22, 2014)  The Rehoboth Rescue Squad continues to train in Search and Rescue as the agency primarily responsible for searches within the Town. 

     Affiliated with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the Squad continues to employ best practices for proper searching under various conditions. 

   Training is conducted throughout the seasons so that personnel are well adapted to different climate challenges, and to anticipate medical conditions suffered by a missing party as a result of exposure within such climate conditions.

    The frigid and snowy weather during the early morning hours of Sunday, January 19, 2014 provided an excellent real world application, which involved a mock scenario of a missing male teen.  Fresh snow blanketed the search area and continued to fall, and low early morning temperatures added to the challenge.     

    While in active search, personnel had to draw upon knowledge of core search concepts including team readiness and accountability; safety of self and team; initial report and subject profile of missing person; winter weather and affected wilderness terrain; conducting the search in hasty teams as the best method for this scenario; potential crime scene considerations & working with law enforcement; and special subject considerations based on the missing person’s profile.  

    Squad personnel were well-equipped with search and rescue backpacks filled with necessary gear, compasses and basic first aid supplies, which, as a rule, they carry in their personal vehicles at all times.  

    Such readiness is crucial, particularly during winter when there is less daylight, as time is an essential factor related to outcome.


RESCUE TRAINS WITH AMERICAN RED CROSS

(January 22, 2014)  The Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency is responsible for all sheltering operations in the Town.  Many remember the historic blizzard that struck our region almost one year ago.  During that time, REMA opened and managed a shelter for those in need while the Rehoboth Rescue Squad extricated from homes those persons needing and requesting assistance for reasons such as severe loss of heat, inadequate food supply, and health and medical necessities.  The assistance of Rescue and REMA personnel was particularly crucial since roads remained largely impassible.

REHOBOTH RESCUE TRAINS FOR WARM

WEATHER AND WATER ACTIVITIES

(June 24, 2014) With summer now upon us, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad has shifted training focus to water rescue.  Activities such as boating, fishing, swimming and diving possess inherent perils of which every citizen should be aware.  Visit the American Red Cross for safety tips.  But should an incident occur, the first responders and EMTs of the Rehoboth Rescue Squad are ready to respond.

    This month’s training took place on Bad Luck Pond, commonly referred to as the Reservoir.  Utilizing Marine 7, the quick response rescue Zodiac boat, personnel drilled in a variety of scenarios that would allow them to quickly extract a victim from the water and bring them ashore.  There was also physical conditioning involved in the drill.  Because Bad Luck Pond has certain natural barriers to motor use, personnel worked in teams using oars to paddle Marine 7 with expediency to victim location.  The Squad will continue to train in water rescue in the coming weeks.

    As always, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad welcomes volunteers from all walks of live to join and be “in service for life.”  For more information, visit our website at rehobothrescue7.org or call 774-371-0017.

Rehoboth Rescue Squad training for water rescues.

CERTIFICATION TRAINING

(June 24, 2014)  The Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency (REMA) will be offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training this fall.

   The CERT training is a nine-week program that meets once a week.  The program provides basic training to citizens in how to prepare for hazards that may affect the community. Citizens are trained in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Training includes classroom instruction, and hands-on activities and exercises. For more information please check our web site at rehobothema.info, or call 774-371-0017.