Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.

Serving the Land Between the Tunnels Since 1974


Bland, Virginia

Bland EMS History

     Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad was organized in August, 1974, and chartered September, 1974, with 24 members. The first meeting was held at Rocky Gap High School to form the organization.  Meetings thereafter were held at the Bastian School until the building construction was completed. 

     The charter members were; Fred Bailey, Robert Barlow, Ronald Bradberry, Judy Burton, James Conley, Phyllis Conley, Linda Gammon, John Gibson, Jack Gwyn, Fay Lambert, Joyce Lambert, Archie Lundy, Albert Miller, William Newberry, Robert Riggle, Harry Sarver, Peggy Sarver, Thomas Stowers, Richard Toesch, Billy Watson, Mary Woody, Robert Woody, and Rudolph Wyrick.

     The Board of Directors in 1974 was; President, Asa Rasnake; Vice-President, Rev. Jack Day, Jack Gwyn, Joyce Lambert, Stephen Cochrane, and Henry Ratliff.

     Helping to fund the new squad, the first horse show was held on the Bland County Fairgrounds.  The first bank deposit was made in August, 1974, for $65.00, donated from citizens of Bland County.  During that month the donations increased to $1,600.00.

     The first ambulance was purchased from Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, a 1964 International Travelall for $2,000.00.  The squads first call was on November 8, 1974 ran by Johnny Gibson and Watt Conley.  In December, a new Chevrolet ambulance was purchased with a federal grant.

     The land for the Squad station was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Pyott Shrader on January 21, 1975, for $1,500.00.  Fund raising consisted of donations from Bland County citizens. Funding helped reduced this debt in three years.  In July of 1975,  groundbreaking commenced and the building was completed several months later.  Building labor was provided by members and citizens of Bland County. 

     Since the Rescue Squad began, there have been several additions and numerous improvements.  In 1990 a new addition was added to the building. With the help of grants, the Squad purchased additional vehicles. In 1999, Lonney Gay became Captain.

In 2000, a new station was purchased and all ambulances and other vehicles were moved to the new station. In 2007, Wayne Dax and James Belcher became the first paid members. Martin and Connie Allen became the second paid crew hired. Currently there are eleven full time employees and several part time employees. In 2014, Thomas Kitts became Captain. 

 

 

  

 

 

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