Garden Club to host fundraiser for OPVRS
Rain Date: October 5th
Garden Club to host fundraiser for OPVRS
The Great Neck Point Garden Club will be hosting a fundraising plant sale to benefit Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. These high-quality local plants will come from gardening professionals who can answer all your questions about planting and care. September 26th, 9am-12pm at the Shore Drive Farm Market.
Rain Date: October 5th
THE BRUCE W. EDWARDS VIRGINIA BEACH EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES HEADQUARTERS AND TRAINING CENTER
REQUESTED BY CITY COUNCIL
A RESOLUTION RENAMING THE VIRGINIA BEACH EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES HEADQUARTERS AND TRAINING CENTER AS "THE BRUCE W. EDWARDS VIRGINIA BEACH EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES HEADQUARTERS AND TRAINING CENTER"
WHEREAS, Bruce W. Edwards served as Chief of the Department of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Virginia Beach for 32 years;
WHEREAS, he was the longest serving member in the history of Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services, and he was the longest-tenured CPR instructor, paramedic and administrator in the state;
WHEREAS, former Chief Edwards's 42-year career in emergency medical services in Virginia Beach began in 1967 when he joined the Ocean Park Volunteer Fire and Rescue Unit, where he rose to the rank of Assistant Fire and Rescue Chief:
WHEREAS, in 1973, he became Executive Director of the Emergency Coronary Care Program of Virginia Beach, Inc., a federally funded program that produced the first advanced life support technicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
WHEREAS, as coordinator of the Office of Emergency Medical Services for the City from 1975 to 1984, he was responsible for pre-hospital emergency patient care and training programs, and in 1984, he was promoted to Chief of the Department of Emergency Medical Services;
WHEREAS, Chief Edwards led an EMS Department with more than 1,500 career and volunteer rescue and fire personnel, and in addition to supervising all EMS operations in the City, he regulated private ambulance services and Oceanfront lifeguard operations;
WHEREAS, the demand for EMS services grew from around 8000 annual calls for assistance when Chief Edwards assumed leadership of the department to approximately 44,000 annual calls upon his retirement in 2016:
WHEREAS, in addition to serving our City, Chief Edwards served his state with distinction, receiving gubernatorial appointments to the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board in 2006 and to the Virginia Board of Health in 2009, for which he was selected as Chair in 2011:
WHEREAS, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Old Dominion University, he served his nation as a member of the United States Navy Reserve;
WHEREAS, his numerous accolades include the Governor's Award as the Outstanding EMS Administrator in the Commonwealth in 1996 and the 2012 Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation Virginia Gilpin Distinguished Service Award:
WHEREAS, in 2016, upon his retirement, the House of Delegates adopted a resolution commending his service to our City and the Commonwealth, and the City bestowed upon him the title of "Chief Emeritus," in which capacity he continued to serve the City as a volunteer mentor and advisor to the department; and
WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to express its deep appreciation for former Chief Edward's decades of exemplary public service to our City by renaming the City's EMS headquarters and training center in his memory:
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA:
1. That the Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services Headquarters and Training Center, located at 4160 Virginia Beach Boulevard, is hereby renamed as "The Bruce W. Edwards Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services Headquarters and Training Center": and
2. That the City Manager is hereby directed to take all steps necessary to revise all signage for the facility and all other references to the facility to include this new name.
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American Red Cross blood supply is critically low.
The American Red Cross has requested an additional Emergency Blood Drive in July. Supplies are critically low and donors are needed more than ever. Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad is known throughout Hampton Roads for having the highest Blood Drive turnout and most engaging community, now we're being asked to help again.
This Emergency Blood Drive will include COVID-19 antibody testing.
Schedule your appointment at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=opvrs
Protect Your Home, Protect Your Community
The Germ Mold Buster company has set up a unique promo code to benefit Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. Every purchase you make supports the volunteer rescue squad.
Visit www.germmoldbuster.com and at check out use promo code: OPRESCUE
"We cannot say enough good things about the UVC Disinfection lights you have provided to Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. So far, they have been durable, easy to operate and seem to be doing a very good job both in the cab and patient compartments of our ambulances. We are also rotating them through the Station living spaces with regularity. The simplicity and flexibility of the product allows our crews to easily deploy the lights between calls and we have now established a shift change routine that provides longer exposure times for the ambulance going off-duty. I have to say that it is so simple it sometimes feels like we are doing nothing, but in trusting the science and after researching a number other products, we were proud to work with a local vendor who has gone out of their way to make sure the Squad had what was needed to help protect our Providers and Patients."
We Couldn't Do It Without You
We have been feeling the love recently. From meal donations, to masks, to Girl Scout cookies, money donations, and more! From the bottom of ours hearts, THANK YOU! Our members (who are not paid or compensated) will continue to answer the call for help every time they're summoned. We couldn't do it without you.
In the weeks and months ahead we'll need your help more than ever. If you've ever been interested in volunteering, now is the time. We need EMTs, Paramedics, and behind the scenes help. If you're interested in becoming an EMT we'll provide to training!
We have an entire team behind the scenes coordinating fundraising, writing thank you letters, station maintenance & upkeep, and fleet drivers who move ambulances between the maintenance garage and the station.
We will need all the help we can get! Contact us to learn how you can make a difference.
#GivingTuesdayNow #ThankYou #COVID19 #NonProfit
May 5th, 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19
#GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.
Blood Donors Needed, YOU ARE ESSENTIAL
Friday May 15th, 2pm-6pm
As organizations limit all “non-essential activity” our blood drive is an essential activity, as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is an imperative part of community health and public preparedness plans to maintain blood collection during this challenging time to ensure patient survival.
If your birthday is coming soon,
We don’t want you feeling blue,
You don’t have to celebrate with just one balloon,
Let us do something special for you!
If your child has a birthday between now and June 10th and their birthday plans have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, please message us and let us know! If you live in our Shore Drive response area, spanning from First Court Rd to Cox High School in Virginia Beach, we would love to do an ambulance drive by to wish them a happy birthday.
Contact us to get started! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Who we are.
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer rescue squad located in the City of Virginia Beach.