This month the Carter County EMS will commemorate 70 years of operation and in that time the organization has seen its share of ups and downs.
Later this month the EMS and Rescue Squad will honor those who help launch the organization years ago.
“He loved god and he loved the rescue squad,” Charles Peters said.
Charles Peters is talking about his father, one of the early members of the Carter County Rescue Squad that began services nearly 70 years ago
He remembers vividly the times when his father would get an emergency call and leave their home.
“If the phone rung we know dad was grabbing his jacket and heading for the door because there had been a wreck some where or they had a heart attack or someone was in need of an ambulance,” Peters said.
In October Carter County EMS will commemorate 70 years of operation while the headwaters has changed locations over those years. The core of this organization remains the same saving lives by any means necessary.
“Time changes and you have to be with it and be out there with the cutting edge of technology that could absolutely make a difference in somebody’s life,” Terry Arnold.
EMS Director Terry Arnold has been part of the county EMS team for over 40 years he says the changes over the years have proven to be beneficial.
Despite minor set backs in recent years like the possible shut down of headquarters in Hampton and Roan Mountain and a budgetary investigation the Carter County EMS has remained strong.
“You know they had a big, seven month investigation on us through the county set up this task force stuff on us and all that when it all came down to the end, it showed one thing, we were under funded,” Arnold said.
Arnold says the ems budget has grown from $90,000 at one point to $2.8 million now, allowing the operation to purchase more equipment like two new ambulances bought last week.
Later this month a special event will be planned honoring the volunteer EMS members who years ago started the operation.
“We want to make sure that their legacy is not gone away, we want to keep it alive the best we can,” Arnold said.
That special event commemorating the 70th year of the Carter County EMS will take place on October the 28th at EMS headquarters in Stony Creek.
All former volunteers and children of volunteers are encouraged to attend.