Serving the Vermont communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Underhill, and Westford
About Essex Rescue
We are a volunteer based, non-profit, ambulance service, providing emergency care to Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Underhill, and Westford.
OUR MISSION
Essex Rescue is committed to being a leader in EMS and to providing our communities with excellence in prehospital care. We strive for this by maintaining the highest standards of our profession, caring for our patients, their families, and the community, and preventing illness and injury through public education.
OUR VISION
Our communities will receive innovative, clinically superior, patient-centric care; realized through collaborative efforts and provided by highly trained and motivated members.
Our Staff
Our five employees answer 911 calls, provide training for our volunteers and the community, serve on district EMS committees, and keep the lights on.
Give us a call: 802-878-4859
Will Moran
Executive Director, Paramedic
Colleen Nesto
Deputy Executive Director, Paramedic
Sean McCann
Financial Controller, EMT
Shelby Evans
Training Officer, Captain / Administrator, Paramedic
Genevieve Smyth
Community Outreach, Captain / Administrator, Advanced EMT
Heidi Sargent
Car Seat Inspections, EMT
Our Board
The Board of Directors provides governance and oversight of our organization. It is made up of elected volunteers and community members. Let us know if you're interested in joining our board.
Volunteer Members

• Hillary Danis - President - 2019
• Mike Weinberg - Vice President - 2020
• Karen Danaher - Treasurer - 2020
• Michelle Bartlett - Secretary - 2019
• Doug Babcock - 2020
• Nate Rex - 2019
• Peter Mutolo - 2020
Community Members

Elections of community members to the board happen in July. There are three board members representing the communities we serve. To inquire about serving on our board, please email our board president.
Our History
The volunteer crew in 1972
Before 1971, if you called for a medical emergency, it's likely that a funeral home would transport you to the hospital. Funeral home directors and staff were often uncertified and only provided rides to the emergency department out of courtesy or fear that the patient may not survive the transport.

A paradigm shift was taking place as public awareness increased toward the end of the 1960's. Volunteer rescue squads such as St. Michael's Rescue emerged and ski patrols became more common. A small group of dedicated community members lead by Ed Ziemer, Tom Raub, Don Hamlin, Marg Gerford, and Guy Dayton among others began to build support for an organization to serve Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Underhill, and Westford in the Summer of 1971.

Most of the original group were involved in the Smuggler's Notch or Bolton Valley Ski Patrols. To supplement their knowledge of emergency care, they enrolled in the American Red Cross First Aid Course. This 10 hour class taught basic first aid skills and affirmed their desire to start a new rescue squad. Once certified in first aid, Essex Rescue went into service on October 1, 1971.

Funding their mission was accomplished through community, municipal, and member donations. With the original money raised, Essex Rescue was able to purchase a new $9,000 ambulance and medical supplies. The Essex High School generously donated a bay to store the ambulance. In the year that followed, additional money and labor was donated to construct a building next to the high school at 1 Educational Drive. One of the most notable labor donations made to Essex Rescue was from the vocational students at the Essex High School. Their hard work lead to the construction of the old wing and an addition in 2009.

You might be asking yourself how Essex Rescue was notified of calls in that first year of service if there was no building for crew members to receive calls. The original dispatch system relied on pagers and a "red phone" system that allowed each crew captain to hear an emergency call placed to the Essex Rescue emergency number. The emergency number, 878-8300 was routed to an answering service run by Mrs. Duquette. Each of the crew captains had a red phones in their home or office that allowed them to keep informed as to what calls were going out. In years that followed, radios replaced the need for red phones. But we still have one at the station that rings each time a call comes in.
Equipment and Facility
With the strong support of our communities, subscribers, and donors, we are able to care for our patients with life-saving technologies and provide a comfortable base for our volunteers and staff to standby for calls, every day and night of the year.
Our station includes staff offices and a training room for squad and community training events. Volunteers are able to use our gym and fully stocked kitchen while on duty. We also have four bedrooms for our night shift, ensuring our ambulance responds quickly to all calls.
We maintain three ambulances to answer simultaneous emergency calls when we have crews available and to ensure we always have a truck on the road when another is out of service for repairs or out of the area for a national disaster response.

We also have a car for incident command and getting our paramedics to assist other services.

Our mass casualty trailer is one of two trailers in Chittenden County available for incidents with many patients.

The Towns We Cover
We are the first ambulance to respond to emergency calls in Essex, Essex Junction, Underhill, western Jericho, and southern Westford.
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