Dear Town of Union Friends and Neighbors,
On June 1, 1973, Union Volunteer Emergency Squad (UVES) responded to our first call. Over the last forty years, a lot has changed for pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), which has challenged and allowed UVES to expand operations and continue delivering high quality and innovative services for the Town of Union Community as a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization.
As a Community, you have played a vital role for the last forty years in allowing us to serve your emergency healthcare needs, and for that we wish to express our sincerest gratitude. Without your continued support through donations, we would not be able to respond to the more than 8,000 9-1-1 EMS requests received annually. As we recognize our 40th Anniversary this year, please consider helping us to continue serving your emergency healthcare needs by responding to our annual appeal for donations.
Responding to more than 8,000 EMS requests requires commitment from our dedicated staff of professionally trained volunteer and compensated members. Our members selflessly dedicate their service to you each and every day and have been busy improving. Over the last few years, through increased on-duty staffing, expanded training, more education, and expanded community outreach, we are recognizing continuous improvements in our service offered to you, the Community.
Over the last two years, we have committed ourselves to more on-duty staffing to efficiently meet an increase in 9-1-1 EMS requests. We now provide you with a minimum of two ambulances 24 hours per day and a third ambulance 12 hours per day seven days per week. We also staff an on-duty supervisor assigned to a quick response vehicle to provide additional service during busy periods. This increased staffing allows us to immediately respond to your 9-1-1 request for EMS, decreasing reliance on mutual aid ambulances (responding from neighboring communities) and improving our response time. In 2012, our continued commitment to this improvement allowed us to answer 98% of your 9-1-1 EMS requests, and 90% of these, in the Town’s 36 square miles, were answered within10 minutes.
Trends, techniques, equipment and procedures constantly evolve in pre-hospital EMS. To keep up with the rapid pace of change, our members have committed themselves to a higher level of training. 100% of our Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic and Critical Care staff is now certified in Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric Life Support through the American Heart Association (AHA). These advanced courses require a commitment of 32 hours of continuing education biennially, above and beyond the requisite 72 hours for core certification. These advanced courses provide improved knowledge, skill and opportunity for our members, allowing us to improve our service to you.
We believe higher education is imperative to continue meeting our mission of providing high quality EMS to the community. Our members have also committed themselves to this belief, as ten of them committed to, or recently completed a Paramedic education program offered through one of our area Community Colleges. The Paramedic education program provides education that allows for the completion of an Associate Degree. As an organization, we support our members through tuition assistance programs, allowing us to meet our mission for you.
Over the last year, we have continued to recruit new members who also share our belief of improved education for service to the community. More than twelve of our members are currently committed to, or have recently completed education programs to become basic Emergency Medical Technicians. This level of education requires more than 180 hours of commitment, and requires continued investment in continuing education after certification. As an agency, we support these new members through sponsorship in the initial program and investment in their continuing education after certification.
Providing EMS to the Community is more than responding to 9-1-1 requests. Community Outreach and training is vital to our mission as we look to partner with you, the Community, to improve service. We have expanded our outreach and training programs for the community by:
- Certifying three members as Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) to facilitate car seat installation and inspection clinics
- Increasing the number of instructors for our AHA Community Training Center (CTC) to provide First Aid and CPR programs
- Developing an EMS Alert program and distributing the program for use
- Providing bicycle helmets and associated safety program to school age children
- Sponsoring youth sports teams
All of this is done by a committed group of members who believe improving our service to you goes beyond a single response to a 9-1-1 EMS request.
As you can see, UVES has been busy committing ourselves to improvements for you- Our Community. The programs and improvements represent only a handful of what we have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish, for forty years. Through your tax deductible donation to UVES you will become a partner with us to continue serving your emergency healthcare needs.
Board of Directors
Union Volunteer Emergency Squad