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WHEATON VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Emergency Medical Services & Transport, Fire Prevention, Health, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Search & Rescue Squads

Mission: The Mission of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad is to protect the public’s health and safety in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. We are a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation that provides emergency services to any person in need.

Results: We responded to 10,466 calls for service in 2018 supported by 90,278 hours of volunteer service.

Target demographics: anyone who calls 9-1-1 during an emergency

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 11,000 people who called 9-1-1 during an emergency.

Geographic areas served: Wheaton and surrounding areas of Montgomery County, Maryland

Programs: emergency ambulance transport, firefighting, and special rescue services.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Amanda L. M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does WVRS serve its community but it cares for it as well. WVRS also changes lives by shaping people into members who forever love to help others. Its been a long time sunce I have had the pleasure of volunteering there, but I follow their activities regularly.

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Gamunu Thank you Amanda. Past and present volunteers like yourself are our lifeblood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great community supporters! We love seeing them at events in the surrounding area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Providing critical and exemplary service to the community. Dedicated staff that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my membership with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in December of 2007, as a Cadet Member. I had just turned 16 years old, and was a sophomore in high school.

From the first time I stepped into the station for a ride along, I knew that this was my passion. The membership, leadership, and public safety in general, ignited a fire in me (no pun intended) that has stuck with me since that first day.

From the infancy of my membership with the Rescue Squad, I worked hard at it. I put a significant amount of time and effort into it. In fact, I had never worked so hard at anything in my life. I found myself totally immersed in becoming a better firefighter, and always training to make sure that I could live up to the high standards that had been set by members of WVRS since 1955.

Public safety and community involvement through the rescue squad became an enormous part of my life. In August of 2013, I began a career with the Montgomery County Department of Police as a Police Officer. I can honestly attribute my employment with them to the skills, character, and morals that I learned during my time with the Rescue Squad.

Over the years, my involvement with the Rescue Squad has, admittedly, slowed. I miss the days of being 19 years old, and riding the Rescue Squad 6 nights a week. I wouldn’t trade those experiences, good and bad, or those friendships, for anything in the world.

But, even now, having less free time, more outside responsibilities, and job related responsibilities, I find it impossible to leave. Even with a busy schedule, no matter what, I return to the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad each week for duty. And along with me, so does every other member of the station.

Being a volunteer with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has literally shaped and molded my life, and I am forever grateful to the Officers of the department, and the executive leadership who led me to where I stand today.

12 years ago, if you had told me that I would one day be a line officer for this department, I wouldn’t believe you. I wouldn’t believe that an organization, or group of officers could shape 16 year old me into one of those sharp, experienced, and respectable leaders to whom I so greatly admired.

As a line officer for the department now, I strive to be one of those same role models for younger members. If anybody can have the same experience as me, it will positively impact their life in major ways, and they will be capable of accomplishments and achievements that they never thought possible.




***Writing this was important enough to me to do it on vacation in Italy, so I am writing this on a tiny iPhone. Please excuse any typos***

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wheaton Volinteer Rescue Squad is an awesome asset to the greater Wheaton community. In addition to their engagement in many different community events and activities, they perform important life-saving work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined in 1991 when I was 18. It added so much to my personality and character. Although I dont run calls any longer I still pop in when I can. WVRS is in my heart forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined WVRS as a volunteer when I was 16 years old. My 7 years at the station truly shaped my career goals and I have spoken about the organization in almost every job interview, even as I have gotten farther away from healthcare. WVRS creates a wonderful community for volunteers and provides an invaluable service to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Wheaton Rescue while stationed at NNMC Bethesda in the mid to late 90s. R2 helped to mold me into the EMS provider and leader that I am today. Wheaton sent me to paramedic school, gave me some of the best experience in my EMS career, and allowed me to work with some very talented EMTs, paramedics, and rescue techs as my mentors. Many of the lessons I learned at Wheaton I still use on a regular basis some 25 years later. I am ever grateful for my time at Wheaton and the ideals of quality patient care, public safety comraderie, and community service that Wheaton Rescue instilled into this kid from Maine.

Sonia L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for about 3 years. I enjoy giving back and serving the community that watched me grow along side it. We do great things!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a life member of WVRS, I joined when I was just 16 years old. WVRS was formative for my confidence, my sense of purpose, and my work ethic. No other community/group I've been involved in (short of my family!) has had as much positive impact in my life as WVRS has. I continue to support the organization remotely and will do so far as long as it exists (or as long as I do!).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Wheaton for almost 41 years. I joined when I was 16 and it 'got into my blood'. I am currently the Chief of the Department. The 135 or so dedicated volunteers make my job as Chief a pleasure. This has been a great life altering experience.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Done very good work for the community and provides excellent care.

2 Lou K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my 49th year of volunteering with WVRS. Joining in 1970 changed my life's direction. I continue to give back to the Squad and community on my weekly duty night. Fantastic training and experience.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer sine 1985. I enjoy responding to the needs of the community and giving of myslef to help others. I especially enjoy mentoring new members and building their knowledge and skills in the area of Emergency Medical Services. Each life we touch and save is important to us. There is no greater calling than helping those who cannot help themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of serving this organization for over 30 years. I have seen firsthand on hundreds, if not, thousands of occasions how community members in crisis or in an emergency have been helped, saved and aided by these dedicated volunteers. On a more Personal note, the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has saved my father's life and have aided my mother and grandmother. An organization truly dedicated to others. Jay Gruber

1 Avery J. L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the squad for a little over 4 years on Thursday crew. It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a great feeling to respond to an emergency and work alongside a crew that I both trusted and admired so much. I learned so much about patient care as well as team work. I have nothing but great things to say about WVRS and I miss volunteering there immensely.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's difficult to express and encapsulate how this organization has positively impacted me through the work we did as volunteers for the Wheaton area community. It's very personal in that it gave me a place to be, a place to learn, be challenged, and serve.

As I think about it this place and what's it has done personally for me, I can't help but reflect on the fact all the volunteers the have come and gone through those doors, left as better people because of WVRS and the work they did there. It's impossible not to be profoundly impacted by working alongside so many diverse volunteers that have supported WVRS in innumerable ways over the decades. The diversity of this organization's membership is something that should be acknowledged and celebrated, as it wasn't this way, but it is a testament to an organization that undoubtedly can change with the times and have always had an open the door to all in the spirit volunteerism and giving back to your community.

I am proud of having been able to call this place a second home for the 6 or 7 years that I volunteered there, and I hope I was able to give back what this organization gave me. The lessons and experiences I learned have forever impacted my work with nonprofits and WVRS will ways have a warm spot in my heart.

I couldn't have asked for a better experience or a more worthwhile organization.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This may not be what you're looking for, but I wouldn't exist without WVRS. Back in the late 60s, there was a golf tournament played at Congressional Country Club. My mother served as a lifeguard at one of the water hazards on the course during the tournament. My father was a member of WVRS, who was providing first aid and emergency services during the tournament. It was a typical ridiculously hot, humid day and my mother passed out from the heat. She was brought in to the first aid tent in a WVRS ambulance, where my father was among those assisting her. I've actually seen an old clip on tv from the golf tournament, I forget who was taking a shot, and you can see the ambulance going by in the background, and every time I've seen it, my father would yell "There goes your mother!" They were married 17 years. Alas, WVRS was also one of the responding units when my mother passed away from a heart attack in 1985. I am so grateful to them for all their services in regards to the welfare of my family. My father left WVRS when he joined the Navy and then moved on afterwards, but he still speaks of them fondly.

2 Mark P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best experience I have ever had!
No I can't meet you tomorrow, I have duty. That was the phrase I heard from lieutenant Sobolewski for months before I found out that he was a volunteer at the WVRS. He arranged for me to do a ride-along, as luck would have it that day was Halloween 1985. It was a fun night of antics at the station and we ran several ambulance calls, I was hooked!
I became a life member after 11 years of active duty before moving to Delaware.
I have used the skills that I learned at the Rescue Squad to work for an ambulance company, in an emergency room and as a medical examiner doing drug and alcohol testing for the DOT, all things I learned directly from the Rescue Squad.
I have usedy the skills learned from the rescue squad many times outside of that Arena. Good times, hard times, life experiences, and lifelong friends. All the sweat was worth it.
I would highly recommend this to anybody who wants to learn how to help people.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The WVRS has been summoned to help my Mom on several occasions due to falls, fainting spells and complications from diabetes. Their team members are not only prompt and professional but also caring, showing great concern for the well being of those needing help.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a member of another department in the 80's and 90's, but I wanted to be a paramedic. My department did not have a volunteer advanced life support unit for me to do my internship time. Wheaton welcomed me in, and let me do my riding time in. This allowed me to upgrade to a full Paramedic, and to become the first female command officer in Montgomery County. Thanks!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a former volunteer for WVRS. One of the hardest things to leave behind when I moved (for work) was this volunteer duty. The work was very meaningful, and I gained so much from the training and classes while I was there. I was very sorry to leave this experience behind.
All that being said, this is a great non-profit, and they're always in need of more volunteers, all of whom need training and equipment. If you donate or volunteer here, your money or time is well-spent.