South Robeson can resume rescue mission

FAIRMONT — South Robeson Rescue Unit has resumed some services since its insurance lapsed in April.

Greg Bounds, director of Emergency Medical Services for Robeson County, said the rescue unit’s insurance is now current and as of Friday it was again authorized for accident response.

Other units had been handling calls that would have been dispatched to South Robeson Rescue since its insurance was terminated. A franchise agreement with the county requires that rescue squads have both insurance to cover their vehicles as well as liability insurance to cover medical malpractice.

According to Bounds, members of the rescue unit can again respond to traffic accidents and perform rescue services such as using the Jaws of Life to free trapped motorists. But the unit still has some state-level requirements, including an ambulance inspection, that it must meet before it can resume transporting people for medical care, Bounds said.

Bounds said the county has an ambulance stationed at South Robeson Rescue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide medical assistance. At night, the county has stationed either an ambulance or a paramedic with a quick response vehicle at the rescue unit whenever staffing is allowed. An ambulance is also available about 10 miles away at the main Emergency Medical Services building located by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office to respond to Fairmont calls.

South Robeson Rescue responded to 129 calls during 2014.

On Monday, there was no set date for when the rescue unit will again be certified for transport.

South Robeson Rescue Unit is a mostly volunteer organization that is located at 1001 S. Walnut St. in Fairmont. Its new commander is Brandon Stone. The Robesonian was unable to contract Stone.

Has corrected insurance issue

By Sarah Willets

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Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

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