HCRS NEWS RELEASE 12/11/08
From: Jimmy Brissie, Chief
The Henderson County Rescue Squad began in 1957 and was the pioneer organization in this county for all types of rescue services including vehicle extrication, rope rescue, inclement weather rescue, and water rescue and continues to specialize in these areas. Today the Rescue Squad consists of 46 dedicated members offering their services twenty-four hours a day to the citizens of Henderson County and WNC. The Rescue Squad provides back up to Henderson County EMS, medical standbys for many community and athletic events, extrication and rescue assistance to all county fire departments, four wheel drive ambulances, and assistance during weather related emergencies such as snow, ice and flooding.
During the spring of 2008 the Rescue Squad was awarded a $25,000 matching grant from the North Carolina Department of Insurance to purchase a new rescue ambulance. The Rescue Squad was also awarded a $50,000 grant from the Janirve Foundation to assist with the purchase of the ambulance. The Rescue Squad is currently conducting a letter drive fundraiser to raise funds to construct an additional storage building and other capital needs. The Rescue Squad is a certified provider for Heavy Rescue, EMS Provider, Swiftwater Rescue, High Angle Rescue and Dive Rescue by the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS.
As of the second week of December, the Henderson County Rescue Squad had answered a total of 439 calls for service. This year Henderson County Rescue Squad has documented over 1000 total training hours.
The new officers elected for 2009 are:
Chief: Jimmy Brissie
Deputy Chief: Jimmy Stepp
Assistant Chief-Rescue: Scott Justus
Assistant Chief-Medical: Ed Orrell
Communications Captain: Jeff Tweed
Equipment Captain: Toby Linville
Personnel Captain: Mike Edney
Finance Captain: Kathy Morgan
Logistics Captain: Adam Justus
Chaplain: Bill McClure
The Board of Directors for 2009 are:
President: Dwayne Durham
Board Members: Scott Surrette, Clay Brulport and Rhonda Brissie
Community Board Members: Dr. Chris Estes, Jack Robertson and John Shepherd
PO Box 1729
Hendersonville, NC 28793
Phone: 828-692-3487 Fax: 828-692-1642
Henderson County Rescue Squad, Inc.
HCRS NEWS RELEASE 12/11/08 (Continued)
Other Recognitions from the 2008 Awards Banquet:
The Rescue Squad also recognized five new members: Justin Blythe, Tom Brooks, Chris Harrelson, Alan Justice, Zach Shehan and John Crenshaw
Zach Shehan and Matthew Tweed completed thier EMT training.
Pat Stefan and Adam Justus competed their Rescue Technician Certification.
Adam Justus completed his Rope Rescue Technician Certification.
Adam Justus received the Ralph Jones Award for answering the most calls.
The annual Chief’s Award, given to the outstanding Rescue Squad members for the year and named in honor of deceased member Herman Hawkins, was awarded to Toby Linville.
Service Recognitions were presented to:
5 Years Dwayne Durham & Scott Justus
10 Years Rhonda Brissie
40 Years Ransome (Junior) McDaniel