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Waddington rescue squad seeks more EMT trainees before classes begin Monday

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WADDINGTON – The Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad is seeing a boost in interest from prospective members, but is still looking for more to join its ranks before emergency medical technician training begins Monday.

With ever-increasing training requirements and state mandates, the all-volunteer rescue squad has seen a dwindling membership in the last few years.

Rescue Squad President June L. Dumas said six people have shown interest in joining, but only one is set to begin training next week.

The current 16-member squad includes five EMTs.

“Ideally, I’d like to see 20 to 25 members with eight to 10 EMTs,” said Mrs. Dumas, who served the department as an EMT for 18 years.

In order to cope with its call volume, the squad relies on rescue personnel in Madrid or Ogdensburg and the privately operated Seaway Valley Ambulance to provide mutual aid.

EMT training will last from Monday until mid-December. Trainees who miss fall training must wait until January to begin the next round of EMT classes.

“The courses are very time consuming, if you have a family said. “Classes are three hours, twice a week, and on Saturdays at SUNY Canton.”

EMTs are required to renew their training every three years.

Rescue squad members are on standby during town-wide events.

The squad worked four days straight of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, Mrs. Dumas said.

“We had a crew on hand at the tournament and at the station,” she said. “It was tiring, but we would be ready to do it again. We’re thankful to all those who volunteered. Between our crew and the volunteers, we had 750 volunteer medical service hours.”

To volunteer, contact Mrs. Dumas at 388-5674.

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