Kernersville Rescue Squad
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- 1968 - Kernersville's two ambulances, operated by each of its two
funeral homes, ceases service. Source: WSJ, 6/13/75.
- 1968, May - Newspaper reports that one of the town's two full-time
firemen, Roger Powell, is organizing a rescue squad. He has twelve
volunteers signed up, and needs about eighteen more. Source: WSJ, 5/2/68
- 1968, Dec - County ambulance service places unit in Kernersville.
Source: WSJ, 6/13/75.
- 1969, circa - County ambulance service removes unit from town the
following year, due to lack of calls. Source: WSJ, 6/13/75.
- 1973, Apr - Squad mentioned in newspaper story. Source: WSJ: 4/18/73.
- 1975, June - Only ambulance service is serving Kernersville is Pine
Grove Rescue Squad, but only transports "in life or death situations."
Source: WSJ, 6/13/75.
- 1979, Feb 6 - Articles of incorporation filed.
- 1979, Mar - Squad has been offering emergency medical services since
March 5. Source: WSJ: 3/25/79.
- 1984, Sep 25 - High-level rescue incident, involving construction worker
trapped at top water tower in time, results in helicopter crash that kills
the pilot and Forsyth County Rescue Squad Training Officer Stephen G.
Richey. The worker had died by the time of the accident. See story on FCRS
- 1987, Feb - FCEMS paramedic ambulance added at Kernersville Fire Station
1, start of twelve-week experiment to see if "such an arrangement would
provide better service" to the eastern part of the county, and if
financially and physically possible. If successful, county will consider
permanent unit there, and in Rural Hall and Clemmons-Lewisville area, which
wouldn't happen until at least the next fiscal year. What's the unit's
relationship to the squad's ambulance and its service? TBD. Source: WSJ,
2/21/87, WSJ, 9/10/87.
- 1989, Feb - Snapshot. Squad has an ambulance, a heavy rescue truck, a
used Suburban, and a new Suburban. Source: WSJ, 2/23/89.
- 1992, July - Squad protests proposal to get automatic defibrillators for
the town fire department. County medical director wants KFD and Clemmons FD
to participate in three-year pilot program using the machines. Squad also
wants to get/use them, but the medical director will not approve their use
by the squad. In August, town officials decline to participate, citing
reasons that include, not jeopardizing relationship by KFD and KRS. Source:
WSJ, 7/12/92, 8/9/92.
- 1993 - Squad adds newer heavy rescue truck, 1993 GMC/______. Replaces
"lighter-weight" truck built in 1980. Source: WSJ, 3/18/93.
- 1994, July - Town board receives complaints that squad is too slow to
answer emergency medical calls. News story reports that squad has been hurt
"by budget cutbacks by United Way and the departure of a few members." Town
board receives request that fire department respond first to medical calls,
but postpone action on the request, and, instead, will conduct meetings to
improve coordination between KFD and KRS and arrange new financial support
for the squad. Source: WSJ, 7/7/94.
- 1994/95 - Fire department takes over answering medical calls [as first
town. Squad sees sharp drop in number of calls. News story on July 24 notes
"when necessary, the rescue squad can transport patients." Source: WSJ,
- 1995, Aug - By next fall, Squad may get defibrillator after waiting for
years, reports news. County has four-phase plan to get each squad or fire
department its own defibrillator by the following year. Source: WSJ,
- 2001 - Merger attempted of the squad into the fire department, but it
fails. The squad then announced their intention to disband by the end of the
year. The town begins purchasing rescue equipment, so the fire department
can take over rescue duties. The squad then goes "through an upheaval" with
a new board and new chief, and reverse their decision to disband. Source:
WSJ, 2/14/02, 8/14/03.
- 2001 - Squad answers about 30 calls during year. Source: 2/14/02.
- 2002, Jan 1 - Fire department takes over handling rescue calls in town.
Source: WSJ, 2/14/02.
2002, Aug - Squad signs contract with town, to
provide back-up rescue duties. Source: WSJ, 8/8/02.
- 2002, Nov - County commissioners decline request by squad for authority
to oversee convalescent transport services in town. Squad sought a franchise
from the county as a means to remain active, as they're no longer called for
rescue work (except as back-up) or emergency medical transportation. The
squad had paid about $45,000 for three used ambulances and equipment, as
they were confidence in gaining approval. Source: WSJ, 11/7/02, 12/5/02.
- 2003, Aug - Newspaper reports county did not dispatch squad to single
emergency between August 1, 2002, and August 3, 2003. Story notes that the
squad has been doing presentations in schools, sending its instructors to
local industries, and standing by at school athletic events. They also
answer the occasional non-emergency call, and provide mutual aid to
neighboring counties when requested. Source: WSJ, 8/14/03.
- 2005, Jan - Petition started to restore squad's rescue duties. By
January 27, it has some 1,300 names. News accounts note that the squad also
doesn't routine respond to medical calls. The squad was to resume both, but
needs approval from county commissions, which is unlikely. The squad
performs such activities as standing by at athletic events, festivals, and
company picnics. In 2004, it answered 118 calls. That year, it was
dispatched only twice to a "rescue situation" in town. And it helped units
in other counties on "rescue missions" about ten times. WSJ, 1/27/05
- 2005 - Squad sells their building. By January 2008, their equipment is
parked at the home of the squad's chief, Wayne Temples. Source: WSJ, 1/3/08.
- 2006 - Squad doesn't answer any rescue calls in town or in the county
during year. Source: WSJ, 12/29/08.
- 2007 - Squad doesn't answer any rescue calls in town or in the county
during year. Source: WSJ, 12/29/08.
- 2008, Jan 2 - Town officials terminate contract with squad, that gave
the squad "backup status" to respond to rescue calls within the town limits.
Action prompted by a squad fund drive that drew criticism last week from
county officials, who noted that the squad had not answered a rescue call in
the town in two years. The squad violated its contract with the county by
conducting a fund drive without county permission. The contract termination
takes effect in 30 days. The squad ceased their fund drive. News accounts
also note that the squad has "heavy rescue" status, while the town fire
department only has "medium rescue" status. Source: WSJ, 1/3/08.
- 2008, Mar 10 - County Commissioners adopt resolution terminating mutual
aid agreement between county and the squad. This followed the town
terminating its agreement with the squad. Source: BOC Minutes, 3/10/08
- 2008, Apr 18 - Corporate name change filed with state, to
Carolina Rescue and Emergency Medical Transport, Inc.
- 2008, _____ - Ceased operation in Forsyth County, with medical response and rescue
duties handled by Kernersville Fire Department.
Early ambulance, loaned to Mineral Springs Fire Department in 1987. Courtesy
Mineral Springs Fire Department.
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