To deliver the most appropriate and timely prehospital emergency medical care and rescue services to the citizens of the community
To promote the general welfare of the borough of Kempsville and the City of Virginia Beach by maintaining an institutional platform of the highest caliber for volunteer activism in the mitigation of emergencies,
for leadership development, and for community self-sufficiency
Our Life Member and long-time President, Kevin Lipscomb, has been hired as a Division Chief at the Virginia Beach EMS Department. Our Vice President, Tom Kiernan, will
be our Acting President until our Board Of Directors elects a replacement.
Dan Kiernan, our Executive Officer, has been hired as a full-time Paramedic by the Virginia Beach EMS Department. Congratulations Dan, and best wishes for your new
career! Our Scheduling Officer, Christina Powell, will be our Acting Executive Officer until our Board Of Directors elects a replacement.
Our Life Member, Russell Blow, has been hired as a full-time Paramedic by the Virginia Beach EMS Department. Congratulations Russ!
We've placed our brand new ambulance, "925" in service, thanks to donations from the community and a state Rescue Squad Assistance Fund grant. For the first time in our history, we have six
ambulances in our fleet, and they all share the same basic custom-tailored design. This arrangement is critical to operational efficiency.
We won a $172,684 grant from the state Rescue Squad Assistance Fund and a $22,346 grant from the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation to complete projects to add a 6th badly needed ambulance to
our fleet, and to outfit all our ambulances with safer Stryker Power-LOAD systems. We are still looking for about $101,000 in matching funds to complete these projects!
Stryker Power-LOAD system
- KVRS responded to more than 24 calls per day (transporting more than 16 patients per day) in 2015, average.
Our member, Paramedic Kate East (center, below), appeared with EMT Terry Connelly from our sister squad, Ocean park, on the Hampton Roads Show today to talk about
our system and how dependent we are on donations and recruits from the community.
We enjoyed serving everyone who attended this year's Mt. Trashmore July 4th Celebration, fireworks and all. We also appreciate the help we got from our sister squads!
Photo courtesy of Linda House, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
We won a $6186.10 grant to upgrade the fifth of our five Physio-Control LifePak 15 devices with waveform capnography and other capabilities. Waveform capnography gives us a continuous indication of
a patient's level of exhaled carbon dioxide, and is considered the gold standard for making sure a breathing tube doesn't wiggle out of a critical patient's windpipe.
Physio-Control LifePak 15
Our top 500 donors are receiving copies of the Rescue Lines newsletter in the coming week. Our hope is to keep members of our community apprised of how our system is performing and improving. If
resources allowed, we'd be sending it to every mailbox in our entire service area, but 500 is what we have on hand at the moment.
We now have five powered stretchers -- one for each ambulance. We purchased four of them with donation and grant money. The newest one was given to us by the city. These devices help us avoid
lifting injuries, and they are safer for our patients.
Today we made two documents publicly available in the hopes they may be helpful to other squads that are ordering new ambulances. The KVRS Ambulance Detailed Technical Requirements (
HTML ) and the
KVRS Ambulance Graphics Package are full of lessons
we've learned over four years of very detailed specification work.
Trap or equiv, PINEBROOK DR. Assgnmt: SQTM R09 TAC03 E09P L10 FR02 224P Z21 EMS01 BAT03 ECH10 SAFE01.
Trap or equiv, LYNNHAVEN PW/HOLLAND RD. Assgnmt: SQTM R18 E18 L16 1920R Z15 EMS01 BAT03 ECH10.
WorkingFire or equiv, STILLMEADOW CT. Assgnmt: R19 TAC04 E05P E09 E18P E19 L10 FR01P 121R EMS01 BAT03 CAR FSTAFF PIO PU SAFE01 SUP08.
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Our Wish List
We rely on your donations!
Physio-Control LUCAS Chest Compression System
We need 4 at about $13,100 each
Performing manual chest compressions during CPR is difficult, tiring, and impossible in certain situations. Quality varies from rescuer to rescuer, and deteriorates quickly after
only one or two minutes. LUCAS is a safe and efficient CPR machine that standardizes chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines. It never gets tired, doesn't have to
stop when we're carrying the patient, and frees us to focus on other life-saving tasks. It also lets us strap into our seats on the way to the hospital, keeping us safer.
We have these on our two front-line ambulances, but to best serve the community, we also need one on each of our other four ambulances.
McGrath EMS Video Laryngoscope
We need 4 at about $2,800 each
Sometimes we must insert a breathing tube into a patient's windpipe. We must be able to see the tube go through the patient's vocal cords, and that's not always easy to do with our own eyes. A video laryngoscope
literally allows us to see around corners. The part of the tool that opens the patient's airway has a fiber-optic eye on its tip that transmits an image to an external display. Previously, this technology was
only available to anesthesiologists in operating rooms. It makes a critical and tricky procedure faster, safer, and easier.
We have similar products on our two front-line ambulances, but to best serve the community, we also need one on each of our other four ambulances.