Residents are keeping Rescue 33 busy recently.



Squad members responded to a high volume of calls — 34 — in one week’s span from Feb. 16-22.


Residents are keeping Rescue 33 busy recently.

Squad members responded to a high volume of calls — 34 — in one week’s span from Feb. 16-22.

On Feb. 16, the squad received seven calls from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

“Most of them needed the emergency services,” said Rescue 33 President Ron Hedden. Some of the patients, he noted, needed a higher degree of care and Advanced Medical Transport was called.

The high volume of calls puts a strain on the squad’s resources.

“Trying to keep up and maintain a free service is rough,” said Hedden. The alternatives are expensive.”

To help with those expenses, residents are “Recycling for Rescue” through the bins at the Rescue 33 garage, located at the corner of Truitt and Santa Fe avenues.

Residents should follow all signs, including not leaving materials there when the bins are not there.

“If it’s not there, that means we pulled it because they are charging us to dump it,” said Hedden.

He explained the recycling service goes through periods when it charges for residents to deliver recyclables. It is designed to be a moneymaker for the squad.

The squad’s next fundraiser is Donut Days, March 16-18.