LUMBERTON — After 60 years of responding to emergencies throughout Robeson County, Lumberton Rescue and Emergency Medical Services is looking to celebrate.
“We would not be here today where we are if it weren’t for our members,” said Roger Taylor, deputy commander.
The organization is inviting the public to a celebration on Saturday at its headquarters at 2391 Roberts Ave. The nonprofit has about 60 members, including 33 volunteers as well as some part-time EMS workers.
State Highway Patrol troopers, Robeson County sheriff’s deputies, Lumberton police officers and helicopter medics from New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Duke University Hospital will also be on hand at the event.
Guests can watch a demonstration of how emergency responders would rescue a passenger pinned in a car, how to safely secure a seat belt and check out each agency’s most advanced vehicles.
Taylor, who has worked with the rescue squad for 26 years, said the event is being held to thank volunteers as well as the community that has supported the nonprofit since 1954.
“It’s very time consuming. You have to have so much training every month. We’re averaging three to four rescues a day,” Taylor said.
Guests can also learn about some of Lumberton Rescue’s specialized services, like a water rescue squad, an underwater dive team, a bike medic team and an urban search and rescue team.
Free drinks, hot dogs and snacks will be served at the celebration, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.