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Rescue Squad Looks for Volunteers

    By Andrew Martin

    The Morristown Rescue Squad is currently looking for volunteers. The paramedic organization, which is a town department and has been serving the Morrisville community since June of 1975, is currently understaffed and having difficulty finding the manpower to cover the shifts necessary to provide 24/7 coverage for Morristown. On Tuesday, January 13, members of the squad attended the Morristown Selectboard meeting held at 6 p.m. in order to discuss possible solutions to the issue as well as the future of the squad.
    “Morristown Rescue is an organization reliant on volunteers, and right now there are not enough volunteers,” explained Morristown Town Administrator Dan Lindley, “They need help from the community in order to fix that.”
    According to Joyce Lanpher, who serves as the Rescue Coordinator for Morristown Rescue, there are approximately 22 volunteers covering shifts for her organization. Included in those numbers are a few firefighters who serve as drivers for the squad when it is understaffed. Ideally the squad would have nearly double that number of volunteers in order to provide full coverage 24 hours a day.
    “In order to run really well the squad would need at least 35 to 40 fully certified volunteers,” Lanpher stated, “We can do it with less, but only if people are willing to do much more than normally asked of them.”
    “In order to provide full coverage all day every day we need at least 40 volunteers,” she continued, adding that such a figure could allow for a three-man crew instead of the minimum two-man crew on calls while also allowing for the possibility of some volunteers being unable to cover their shifts and others having to cover for them.
    Members of Morristown Rescue have already been working to fill out their roster of volunteers. As a result nine individuals recently completed the EMR class, which is one of the steps necessary in becoming a member of the squad. Two of those individuals are already able to go on calls while the other seven are continuing to observe and train as they continue the courses.
    “We like to make them more comfortable as they train,” Lanpher explained, “Riding along and observing helps with that.”
    The EMT class and certification, which is held in March, would be the next step for these new individuals. While such classes are often scheduled sporadically, if Morristown Rescue were to get enough interested individuals they would not have to wait for the scheduled class, but could offer their own class at a time of their choosing.
    While the search for more volunteers continues, Morristown Rescue is also working to cover weekend shifts using other staff. A total of four individuals, two of whom were formerly covering other shifts as volunteers for the squad, have now been hired to cover weekend shifts. Federal laws do not allow for people to serve both as volunteers and paid employees for the same job duties. According to Lanpher, the squad would like to add an additional four individuals to better cover the weekend shifts. These eight individuals will cover weekend shifts until June. Morristown Rescue is also looking to hire temporary staff per diem to cover weekend shifts if none of the eight individuals are able to cover certain shifts.
    Other recruitment ideas and plans are currently in the works for Morristown Rescue. Lanpher explained that she and other members of the squad plan on contacting local businesses in order to ask them to allow workers to leave on calls if they join the squad.
    “We already have several businesses that let workers go on calls,” Lanpher stated, “They deserve kudos for that.” Lanpher added that one benefit of businesses allowing workers to join the squad and go on calls is the fact that they then have a certified EMT working for them. Members of the squad also plan on reaching out to the local schools to possibly attract younger members.
    “We are asking that people who want to make a difference in their community join us in doing so,” Lanpher stated.
    Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering for Morristown Rescue can do so by calling Joyce Lanpher at the rescue station at 888-5628 or on her cell at 1-802-585-6820. They can also email her at Mo_rescue@comcast.net. Lanpher explained that they are hoping more people join in time to take the EMT class scheduled for March.
    While recruitment efforts are ongoing by squad members, a consideration of the future is also being undertaken. During the meeting on January 13 Morristown Rescue Squad member Graham Govoni gave a presentation on the options available to the town at this point regarding the future of rescue in Morristown. Govoni explained that one option available to the selectboard is to contract with Northern Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) in order to provide coverage for the town. While this would ensure full coverage for the town, while also removing the responsibility of running the department from the town, it would remove local control while also possibly cutting back slightly on response time.
    The second option presented by Govoni was to make Morristown Rescue a non-profit organization, which would also remove the responsibility of running the department from the town and would still allow more local control. However, such a non-profit would require a very strong volunteer base, which Morristown Rescue still does not yet have.
    The third option presented by Govoni was for the town to continue managing the rescue squad as a town department, which would continue local control while also ensuring that rescue squad service was available. However, this option requires that the town be committed to running the department for the long term.
    The final option presented by Govoni was a mix of the second and third option. It called for the expansion of the squad as an independent town department that would be staffed by two paid employees, a director and an administrative assistant. Lanpher is currently the only paid employee of the department. The rest of this expanded town department would be composed of volunteers just as the squad is now.
    As part of this combined option a new non-profit for Morristown Rescue would be created. This non-profit would have a new board of directors that would be composed of rescue squad members as well as community members. These trustees would serve as an advisory board to the town department while also working on things like community outreach and recruiting for the squad. A variation of this option already exists in Stowe, which also has its own rescue squad. The possibility that this new non-profit in Morrisville could take over the town department at some point in the future would also be available.
    According to Morristown Town Administrator Dan Lindley, the board has considered all of these options, which are estimated to cost roughly the same. Lindley explained that while the warning for Town Meeting has not yet been officially signed there is money that has been budgeted to cover any of the options.
    “I think everybody wants Morristown Rescue to remain as an entity, whether as a non-profit or a town department,” Lindley stated, “There isn’t much doubt about that.”
    The Morristown Selectboard now appears to be moving forward with a variation of Govoni’s plan. The board is currently interviewing applicants to fill the director’s position for a new expanded town department, which has been budgeted in the proposed budget. Along with the proposed expanded budget for the department, there is also an additional article that could appear on the proposed Town Meeting warning that would provide an additional sum of money that would go toward an expanded rescue squad department. The formation of a non-profit that would be associated with this expanded town department is also being considered.


This Week's Photos

The Lancer Dancers hosted a regional dance competition on Saturday, January 17, earning top honors in the hip hop category. Pictured above: a moment from the award winning routine. At bottom: team members receive their trophy. The Lancers bested six other teams to earn the win and placed second in the field of four teams to compete in the jazz competition.  The Lamoille Union junior varsity dance team finished first in the jazz competion.  Other schools participating in the event included: BFA St. Albans, Colchester High School, Enosburg High School, Missisquoi Valley, Mt. Abraham Union, Mt. Mansfield Union, Richford High School, Springfield High School, and South Burlington.
- Yvonne Jones photos



Family, friends, customers and many others, helped Caleb Magoon move Power Play Sports across the street on Sunday, January 18.  Magoon said the move wouldn’t be over by Monday, but they would be open in their new space in the former Maynard’s building on Portland Street in Morrisville. The move allows Magoon to get his store under the same roof as Green Mountain Sports, which he bought in 2013.  - Smith photo

An artfully finished old door that Power Play has moved to its new store.





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