A Brief History:
On October 26, 1962, the South Hero Volunteer Fire Department purchased a 1956 Superior Cadillac Ambulance for $2,100. As South Hero's first "ambulance," the Cadillac was used primarily as a transportation unit, to bring patients to the hospital.
In 1972, new protocols in Vermont changed the scope of rescue work from a transportation service to emergency medical care. Since 1972, squad members have been trained to provide basic and advanced first aid, oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and administration of intravenous fluids.
As a result of the new protocols, in February, 1973, the SHVFD purchased a late 1972 Chevrolet van, equipped with bag mask units, manifold suction, stair chair, spine boards, additional oxygen equipment, and jump kits for all EMTs.
On June 20, 1973, the members of SHVFD who were emergency medical responders created South Hero Rescue, Inc. The initial board of directors for the new rescue squad were: Mark Sikora (president), Reg Cassidy, Judy Allen, Anne Marshall, and Ray W. Allen.
In July, 1978, a new rescue squad building was erected on U.S. rte 2 by squad members and donated labor. It is the same building that we use today and houses an ambulance bay, classroom and practice area, storage area, and a hospital equipment loan closet.