Winston County Rescue Squad

Winston County Rescue Squad to begin taking calls Sunday


The board of directors, operations chief and supervisor of the Winston County Rescue Squad, which will beginning serving eastern Winston County next week. They are President Pat Hana, Darrell Smith with the Addison Fire Department, Ashley Tucker with the Central Fire Department, WCRS Operations Chief Cody Wakefield, Helicon Fire Chief Neil Feist, WCRS Supervisor Greg Ackley and Arley Fire Chief James Rickett.
ARLEY - The Winston County Rescue Squad (WCRS) has been certified by the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and will start providing ambulance service to eastern Winston County on Sunday, Oct. 15, when they will mark the occasion with a ceremony and ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. at the Arley Fire Department.

RPS donates ambulance to rescue squad


An ambulance donated by RPS (at right) has now joined the Winston County Rescue Squad’s first ambulance (at left), purchased in June, at the squad’s base at Arley Fire Department, giving the WCRS the two ambulances it needs to be certified to operate. Shown here are, front row, RPS Director of Operations Robin Earley, WCRS’ Cody Wakefield, WCRS Board of Directors President Pat Hanna, RPS’ Brittany Alexander, WCRS BoD Member James Rickett of Arley Fire Department, and back row, Helicon Fire Department’s Greg
ARLEY - The Winston County Rescue Squad (WCRS) is a big step closer to being able to provide ambulance service to east Winston County now that it has the second of two ambulances it requires to operate, this one donated by Regional Paramedical Services (RPS).

Ambulance crucial step forward for Winston County Rescue Squad


The Winston County Rescue Squad has purchased its first ambulance. Above, Winston Medic 1 is parked in front of Arley Fire Department, which will be the WCRS’ base in Arley. At right are Helicon Fire Chief Neil Feist, Addison firefighter Darrell Smith and Arley Fire Chief James Rickett, members of the WCRS’ board of directors. Not shown are Ashley Tucker, Central Fire’s representative on the board, and Pat Hanna, board president.
ARLEY - The Winston County Rescue Squad has purchased its first ambulance, a 2005 Wheeled Coach built on a Ford F-350 cab chassis with a diesel engine and four-wheel drive.

Winston County Rescue Squad set to purchase and lease ambulances

The board of directors of the Winston County Rescue Squad watch as Tyler Sanders of the Stryker Corporation demonstrates a powered stretcher and loading system to them and others at the Arley Fire Department. From left, James Rickett (board member from Arley Fire Department), Cody Wakefleld (Lynn Fire Department), Ashley Tucker (board member from Central Fire Department), Pat Hanna (board president), Sanders, Darrell Smith (board member from Addison Fire Department), Neil Feist (board member from Helicon Fire Department) and Brian Kuntz (Arley Fire Department).

ARLEY - Eric Pendley, chief operations officer of Regional Paramedical Services (RPS), told the board of directors of the new Winston County Rescue Squad at its meeting at the Arley Fire Department, May 17, that RPS would lease an ambulance to the WCRS and was willing to help with its documentation of runs and billing.

At a meeting  Tuesday, June 6, Hanna said a CPA had approved the proposed arrangement with RPS.

Rescue squad forms


Four of the five members of the board of directors of the new Winston County Rescue Squad at the Arley Fire Department, May 11: James Rickett (Arley Fire Department), Neil Feist (Helicon Fire Department), Board President Pat Hanna, Ashley Tucker (Central Fire Department). The final board member is Darrell Smith (Addison Fire Department).
ARLEY - Previous attempts to see an ambulance stationed on the east side of the county having failed, a non-profit organization called the Winston County Rescue Squad is being formed to provide 24/7 ambulance service to the area.