Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad

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The Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) provides emergency medical (ALS/BLS) transport and rescue service to residents of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia.

The agency runs approximately 12,000 calls per year, making it one of the busiest volunteer-run EMS agencies in the nation. Dayton Haugh has been Chief of CARS since 1994.

CARS does not charge for ambulance service, rather relying on private donations for funding, going so far as to opt out of the county's plan to assess such charges[1].

History

CARS was founded in 1960 and was originally named the Albemarle Rescue Squad before adding Charlottesville to the name[2]. CARS took its first call on November 17, 1960.

For decades, CARS has received national recognition for its services. Their volunteer service is on par with paid, large municipal services around the nation. In 1973, CARS started "stand alone" ALS coverage by utilizing a telemetry radio to call the UVA Coronary Care Unit for advanced life support orders and physician advise. In 1977, Newsweek Magazine named CARS one of the top 4 rescue squads in the country. (The other 3 were Seattle Fire Dept., the Chicago Fire Dept., and the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. where the then popular TV show "Emergency" was filmed). In 1989, CARS was named the busiest All Volunteer Rescue Squad in the country by Firehouse Magazine & they also were awaarded the Virginia Governor's EMS Award for the Outstanding EMS Agency. In 2003, CARS was named EMS Agency of the Year by the National Association of EMS Physicians.

The squad's first building was constructed on McIntire Road in 1965[2].

Past Chiefs[3]

  • Dayton Haugh, 1994 - present
  • Blee Moffett, 1993 - 1994
  • Tommy Dudley, 1990 - 1992
  • Darlene Rea, 1989 - 1990
  • Robert Jaskiewicz, 1987 - 1989
  • Marc Winstead, 1986 - 1987
  • Josh Pritchett, 1985 - 1986
  • Robert Jaskiewicz, 1980 - 1985
  • Josh Pritchett, 1978 - 1980
  • Ray Wyland, 1977 - 1978
  • Josh Pritchett, 1975 - 1977
  • Luther Higginbotham, 1974 - 1975
  • Ray Wyland, 1972 - 1974
  • Luther Higginbotham, 1971 - 1972
  • James Harlow, 1971
  • Alvin Morris, 1969 - 1971
  • Charles Rausch, 1968 - 1969
  • Dennis White, 1967 - 1968
  • Ted Patterson, 1965 - 1967
  • Miles Harlow, 1964 - 1965
  • Charles Rausch, 1963 - 1964
  • Ted Patterson, 1960 - 1963

External Links

CARS Website

Referencess

  1. Web. CARS opts out of charging for transport, Staff report, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 11, 2010, retrieved 16 Jan 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Rescue squad marks half-century of service, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 6, 2010, retrieved November 8, 2010.
  3. "CARS : Past Chiefs." Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad. 27 May 2009 <http://www.rescue1.org/>