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Volunteer first responders need donations to stay in operation

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

When you need them, they're there. Now the Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad needs you. The agency says it's on the verge of closing its doors if more donations don't come in.

The first responders don't get paid a dime but they're on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep you safe.

Some 100 calls a month come in to the rescue squad ranging from falls to car wrecks, any medical emergency. But responding is becoming challenging. There's a need for more mobile computers to log patient information and more modern defibrillators.

"The ones that we have are a little outdated and older. Newer ones have the technology to take the EKG report that you do on the patient and transmit it directly to the hospital," volunteer EMT Cheryl Breder said.

Then there are costs for training.

"If you don't use your skills, you lose them and if you don't learn the new skills because they change protocols so frequently. You need to keep on top of your game so that you're providing the best service to the community," she said.

"Are you on the verge of closing your doors?" NBC12 asked.

"We might. It's a real possibility….We're actually running on our savings," Breder said.

The squad will host an open house this weekend to fundraise for first responders who give so much.

"We're doing this purely out the goodness of our hearts. We come up here and we run 12 hour shifts."

At the open house, the squad is inviting the public to come in, learn more about them, see what they do and help them keep their doors open. It will be held Sunday at the squad's station at 5301 Huntsman Road in Sandston from 9 am until 3pm.

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