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Providing 24 hour paramedic service to the citizens of Lumberton and Robeson County
Past Commander Jeff Rhodes, age 59, passed away yesterday(March 19th) after an extended illness. Jeff has been a part of this organization for 40 years and received honorary membership in December 2016. He has served as rescue captain and rescue commander over his volunteer career. He had a big heart, loved trains, and loved rescue even more. He dedicated most of his life to volunteering in his community through our organization. His passing has left a void which will never be filled. Our sympathies to his family and to all of those who knew him. Godspeed 157, your call night is covered.
As many of you are aware, Lumberton and Robeson County has been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Flooding has occurred in west and south Lumberton, displacing over 2500 citizens. Shelters are in place and FEMA has arrived taking control of relief efforts. Lumberton currently does not have a water supply. This natural disaster has taxed our resources for the last seven days. We completed over 200 water rescues at the height of the storm, before federal assistance arrived. Our personnel have served valiantly, even while many had damage to their own homes. We have had one rescue member injured. This event not over, as recovery efforts will take time. Many agencies have assisted us throughout this event, and we are truly grateful. We have been asked about how to help our squad. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please use our Paypal link listed on this page. All monies received will be used to replaced damaged and missing equipment. On behalf of Lumberton Rescue and EMS, thank you for your support.
LREMS Accepts Paypal
Lumberton Rescue and EMS has recently made it easier for our supporters to make donations or memorials to our organization. In cooperation with PayPal, we have an account set up for you to make direct contributions by clicking the PayPal icon on our website. Lumberton Rescue and EMS is a 501©3 non-profit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service, and all contributions are tax deductible. This feature is only for contributions, and is not to be used for the payment of ambulance services. Please call our office should you have any questions at 910-738-7275. Thank you for your continued support of Lumberton Rescue and EMS.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Lumberton Rescue and EMS offers this training at their headquarters located at 2391 Roberts Avenue. If your neighborhood or community is interested in this training, or need additional information, please call us at 910-738-7275. This program is overseen by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and is part of a nationwide program to train lay persons in what to do in case of an emergency, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. In 2011, several members of the Oaks neighborhood in North Lumberton attended training and established their own CERT team. LREMS would like to see this program extended to other areas in our community. Please call us to set up an informational meeting for your neighborhood!
The officers for 2017 were selected at the December 2016 business meeting. The officers are:
Robert D. Ivey, Jr., Commander
Lee Hester, Deputy Commander
Daniel Ivey, Rescue Captain
Ken Bedell, Medical Captain
Chris Connor, Board member
Danny Cook, Board member
Roger Taylor, Past Commander/Board Member
2016 LREMS Awards Banquet
LREMS recently held it's annual awards banquet where members and employees were recognized for their contributions for 2016.
- Lee and Candi Hester were awarded the Rescue Person of the year jointly for their efforts during Hurricane Matthew.
- Troy Taylor was awarded the Marvin Walters Award.
- Call response awards went to Casey Hodge, Lance Speights, Chris Ivey and Daniel Ivey.
- Employee of the year was awarded to paramedic Terry Vanderhall.
- Junior Rescue Member of the Year was given to Haleigh Jones.
- Commander Roger Taylor presented the Commander's Award to all of members for their hard work and dedication during Hurricane Matthew and it's aftermath. The plaque will be placed at unit headquarters.
Also, the following members were awarded honorary memberships:
- Jeff Rhodes (40 years)
- Gene Melvin (31 years)
- Gene Downing (20 years)
We are appreciative of these members for their willingness to serve and wish them well in their future endeavors.
Longtime LREMS Paramedic Is Remembered
Hal Byrd, a paramedic and volunteer for Lumberton Rescue and EMS, died unexpectedly on April 11, 2016. Hal had been a member of LREMS since 2009 and worked as a critical care paramedic with Southeastern Health MedCare transport division. Hal's father, the late Tommy Byrd, was a honorary member of LREMS and served 30 years as a volunteer. Hal's son, Brad, is a paramedic with Robeson County EMS, and also serves as a volunteer lieutenant with LREMS. Hal was laid to rest with full rescue honors on April 13, 2016. He will be missed by the rescue and EMS community, as well as citizens in Lumberton and surrounding areas.
LREMS Places New Ambulance in Service to the Community
In April 2016, LREMS took delivery of a new ambulance. The 2016 Ford Type III Demers Ambulance was purchased through First Priority South of Jefferson, NC. The ambulance comes with an advanced lighting package, cooling tray, advanced electronics and Ford's EcoSmart system. The ambulance replaces a 2000 Freightliner ambulance and was placed into service on April 15, 2016. It is assigned number 147 and is assigned to the paid division and responds as a paramedic unit in our service area and where needed. LREMS responds to over 4500 EMS calls annually and is the second busiest service in Robeson County next to Robeson County EMS.
LREMS Teaches CPR to the Community
LREMS volunteers Chris Connor and Jason Godaire provided CPR training to members of the First Baptist Church of Fairmont recently. Chris and Jason, as well as several other members of LREMS, are certified instructors through the American Heart Association. LREMS offers classes upon request. If you would like to schedule a class for your organization or employment, please call us at 910-738-7275. Knowing the proper way to do CPR can save a live. Learn today!
LREMS Responds to Fire in Fairmont
Lumberton Rescue and EMS volunteers responded to a warehouse fire in Fairmont on Wednesday, March 30th. Their response, as requested by Robeson County EMS, was to provide rehab to over 75 firefighters from 15 different departments who had responded to the call. LREMS personnel remained on scene until released by the incident commander. No injuries were reported.
LREMS Takes Delivery of New Rescue Truck
Lumberton Rescue and EMS recently took delivery of a new medium duty rescue truck. The 2016 Freightliner, aka Truck 111, was built by Fire Equipment Sales in Sumter, South Carolina. FES is a division of Safe Industries. Truck 111 replaces a 2002 Ford light rescue truck. The new truck is equipped with a Honda generator, LED light tower, and a full complement of Hurst battery operated extrication tools. It is also designed to carry additional supplies for mass casualty incidents. It has the most recent Whelen lighting system available. The extended cab seats four and is equipped with a Firecom wireless headset system. All scene lights are LED, including the brow light. We would like to thank FES for their hard work on this project, and allowing it to be displayed at the recent South Atlantic Fire and Rescue Exposition in Raleigh, North Carolina. Truck 111 is in service and has already responded to several major motor vehicle collisions in the last couple of weeks. LREMS is dedicated to our community, and this represents a commitment to provide the best equipment possible for the citizens we serve.
LREMS Holds Ribbon Cutting for Their Eastern Station
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, a ribbon cutting was held at the new sub-station for Lumberton Rescue and EMS located at 1000 South Roberts Avenue in Lumberton. The building, formerly Lumberton Fire Department Station 2, has been repurposed as a public safety substation operated by LREMS. The station will be manned 24 hours by a paramedic ambulance crew between LREMS and Robeson County EMS. Lumberton Fire Department will also house a vehicle at the location as well. This sub-station will improve response times in the eastern part of the city and eastern portions of Robeson County. LREMS thanks everyone who helped make this happen to help better serve our community.
Godwin Heights Community Completes CERT Training
A dozen residents of the Godwin Heights Community recently completed Community Emergency Response Training. They started their training in late April and completed the course in late June. The group received training on basic first aid, the use of fire extinguishers, light rescue and many other topics. Their course was taught by Robert Ivey, Commander of Lumberton Rescue and EMS, a certified CERT instructor. This is the second CERT started in the City of Lumberton. The Godwin Heights community is in Precinct 3, which is represented by Councilman Burnis Wilkins, Jr. Councilman Wilkins has been an advocate for this type of training in his precinct, and attended each class as well. The course ended with a mock drill and practical exercises. LREMS Junior Rescue members acted in the role of victims. The Godwin Heights CERT will operate under the direction of Lumberton Rescue and EMS, and will serve as a valuable resource in times of man-made or natural disasters in community. LREMS wishes to congratulat e all of the participants on a job well done. Thank you for your dedication to the community!