“…the saving and preservation of human lives; to give aid and assistance to persons in time of peril and disaster” – HRS Articles of Incorporation, 1950
In 1949, citizens from our area worked together to create a volunteer agency named Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. The following year they incorporated via documents that still bear their names. Included was an outline of the major purposes for the squad’s existence from which the above quote is taken.
Over 60 years later, this remains the focus of our agency and our members. This singularity of purpose motives us. As our members accept tasks and responsibilities, they do so as part of a team effort that seeks a single outcome: to save lives and give aid and assistance to those in need.
Our industry is evolving. The lines between pre-hospital care, primary care and social services are narrowing. For example, paramedics in some communities make home visits to decrease the use of 911 resources for non-emergent needs. Over the next decade, the delivery of EMS services will change significantly. However, our purpose and our focus will remain the same.
Another factor that has remained is our attachment to our community. We are your rescue squad. The Harrisonburg – Rockingham community has supported our agency for over 60 years and today, as always, we strive to do our best to serve this community. We truly appreciate the support we have received over the years and respect the amount of trust placed in us to provide care to those who are in their time of greatest need. We are proud of our community and hope to always be an agency which you can be proud of as well.
Tammy BlizzardFebruary 22, 2013
Rescue 40 is extremely sad to announce the passing of long time member Tammy Blizzard. Tammy joined joined the HRS family in 1984 and has been an invaluable asset to us and to all of the lives that she has touched over the years. Her family will receive friends and family at Johnson Funeral Home this Sunday between 6pm and 7pm. A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater, with Pastor Darren Howdeyshell officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Mt. Sidney. Harrisonburg Rescue Squad would also like to invite all friends and family to our station for a reception and celebration of Tammy's life after the service. Thank you, Brandon Peavy, Chief