RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced the Elkin Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. was awarded a $15,627 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the state of North Carolina.
The check will be mailed to Rescue Chief Jeffrey L. Whitaker to be used by this rescue/EMS organization to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.
“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Goodwin said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.
“I know the Elkin Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc., will use this money to serve their community even better,” Goodwin added. “Thank you, Chief Jeffrey L. Whitaker, for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.”
Elkin Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. has received a total of $177,382.01 from the Volunteer EMS/Rescue Fund in the past 26 years since the program began. The General Assembly created the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund in 1989 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by monies raised locally to purchase necessary equipment. Since the program’s inception, the Department of Insurance has distributed $27,952,380.19 to rescue and EMS squads across the state.