A call for volunteers

Published 11:49 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017

In national politics, the question of an individual’s ability to receive a 3 a.m. phone call and handle it competently has become a key litmus test in determining the quality of a leader. For citizens in the county and Kenbridge, this question has been relevant lately in a far more personal context as a litmus test in determining the quality of life in their community.

If they are making a 3 a.m. phone call, it may be to request medical help for themselves or a loved one from Kenbridge Emergency Squad (KES), and as of late, the squad’s biggest struggle has been ensuring that someone would be on the receiving end of that phone call.

Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton, who also serves as interim administrator of the KES, has said the squad has a strong core of volunteers, but not enough to provide 24-hour coverage. It struggles to answer calls primarily at nights.

Newton said KES, which provides only rescue services, has paid crews on call from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week, and it has about eight volunteers, who are not paid.

Officials with Lunenburg County and the Town of Kenbridge have formed a strategic planning committee, trying to solve the squad’s volunteer membership and financial problems.

As for the shortage of volunteers, there is a simple fix. We urge capable citizens in the county to elevate the quality of life in their community. Be that individual to answer the nighttime call, helping ensure none go unanswered.