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Virginia Beach: Urgent need for volunteer rescue support in Blackwater, Creeds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS

COURTHOUSE — The volunteer rescue organizations that support lifesaving efforts in Blackwater and Creeds are in desperate need of volunteers to help staff ambulances at Stations 13 and 6, respectively, city officials have said in recent weeks.

In one week this spring, a career medic serving those the rural communities had only one day of support from a single volunteer, according to City Councilmember Barbara Henley.

Henley, who represents the Princess Anne District, announced this during her forum for constituents on Thursday, May 26, and she made an appeal for citizens to get involved with the volunteer rescue organizations.

This evening in Blackwater, this vital need will be among the topics discussed during a town hall at the fire and rescue station there. The meeting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at Station 13, 6009 Blackwater Road, and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We only have one career medic who serves both Creeds and Blackwater,” Henley said. “We need more volunteers. … This is a serious issue that we need to work on.”

Reach the Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Medical Services to find out more about volunteering by calling (757) 385-2911. Citizens also can learn more about participating in volunteer emergency medical services by visiting livesneedsaving.org.


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