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Rescue and Medical First Response to Rural Areas Will Move Forward with No Interruption in Service

Rescue and Medical First Response to Rural Areas Will Move Forward with No Interruption in Service

May 22, 2018

Catawba County has finalized two agreements to provide medical first response and light rescue in the rural districts currently served by Newton-Conover Rescue Squad and Hickory Rescue Squad beginning July 1, 2018. There will be no interruption in service for residents and both agreements ensure the same level of service and response currently provided in these areas.

The City of Newton Fire Department will provide services which covers the Newton Rural Service District, a rural area of approximately 25 miles adjacent to the City of Newton corporate limits. The City recently added fire personnel with a federal grant, giving them the staff to cover the additional area.  The City is seeking County Commission approval for a three-cent increase to the Newton Rural Service District tax which will cover a portion of the additional staff serving in the unincorporated area.  All equipment currently utilized by Newton-Conover Rescue Squad will be distributed to other agencies, include Newton City Fire, within Catawba County that provide medical first response and rescue services.

The Maiden Rescue Squad has agreed to provide services in the rural area in southwestern Catawba County currently served by Hickory Rescue Squad. In addition to providing emergency response services in this area, Maiden Rescue Squad will utilize Hickory Rescue Squad’s base in order to ensure the same proximity for service delivery. Maiden Rescue Squad has significantly increased membership to support this coverage area, including accepting many current Hickory Rescue Squad members who will transition to Maiden Rescue Squad July 1.

“The safety and well-being of citizens are the County’s highest priority,” said Randy Isenhower, Chair, Catawba County Board of Commissioners. “We commend the City of Newton and Maiden Rescue Squad for their increased commitment to assuring the continuity of emergency response services in our rural areas.”