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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 326

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Pownal Rescue Squad on the construction of its first headquarters building

Offered by:  Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mook of Bennington and Morrissey of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, in 1959, the Pownal Center Fire Department established the Pownal Center First Aid and Rescue Squadron, the first rescue‑only service in Vermont, and in 1960, the squadron opened for business with a used Buick wagon serving as the sole ambulance, and

Whereas, from its inception, Pownal’s rescue squad was praised for the services it offered, and they were constantly being upgraded, and

Whereas, starting in the late 1970s, volunteers could serve exclusively on the rescue squad without joining the fire department, and

Whereas, in 1981, the Pownal Rescue Squad was incorporated separately from the fire department, but continued to offer its lifesaving services to individuals at no charge, relying instead on the community’s financial generosity, and

Whereas, despite its broadening scope of community service, the Pownal Rescue Squad remained without its own headquarters into the 21st century and shared space with Pownal’s fire departments, and

Whereas, the need for  its own building became imperative if the rescue squad was to continue to fulfill its vital community-based mission, and in 2007, Chief Scott Feathers and squad members launched a year of intensive planning and fundraising to support the construction of a new building, and

Whereas, on Thursday, April 11, 2008, ground was broken at the corner of Route 7 and Ladd Road in Pownal for the first permanent home for the Pownal Rescue Squad that will feature 30' x 38' bays for ambulances and a 38' x 50' main section, and

Whereas, other features to be included in this impressive new 3,000 square foot T-shape building that Bennington architect Jon Traver designed are offices, a training room, storage space, a decontamination room, and restroom facilities, and space for future expansion of the structure is incorporated into the design, and

Whereas, Helen and George Renner donated the approximately one-acre site, M.J. Lewis Excavating is starting construction at cost, Blaze Design of Shaftsbury is providing its engineering work for free, Greater Heights Tree and Land Management is removing trees at no cost, and Harrington Masonry is working at a discounted rate, and the donated time and work totals at least $75,000.00, and

Whereas, although additional fundraising is needed to complete the building, the town is eagerly anticipating the moving of the Pownal Rescue Squad into its new home, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Pownal Rescue Squad, now in its 50th year, on the construction of its first headquarters building, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief Scott Feathers at the Pownal Rescue Squad.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont