BBVRS Online

Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad

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Historical Info

For some perspective, here are some fast facts about our squad.

  • Date Established: Our first meeting was May 19, 1954. We received our charter on June 7, 1954. Our first day in service was October 2, 1954.
  • Call Volume: We answered 146 calls for service in our first 12 months.  In calendar year 2018, we answered 536 calls for service.
  • Number of stations: 3. Our first station was built as an addition to the old Bensley fire house at 5803 Wentworth Street. Today, we operate out of two stations with nearly a dozen beds and five ambulance bays.
  • Number of members: 35. We started with 38 charter members in 1954 (12 were women), and have grown steadily since then.
  • Number of ALS providers: 2. Currently we hope to have more ALS providers in school!
  • Number of hours: 15,420.  Our members donate a massive amount of unpaid time to the community, whether it be on an ambulance or administrative.
  • Number of ambulances: 4. Our first ambulance was a 1941 Cadillac purchased from the Henrico Rescue Squad. Today, each of our ambulances cost more than $230,000 and carry nearly $180,000 in equipment and supplies!
  • Hours of training: 755. In 1954, we provided Advanced First Aid to our members to qualify them to provide service. Today, our paramedics will complete nearly 2,000 hours of classroom training, practical laboratory work, hospital rotations, ambulance clinical time and field training before they can provide care independently!
  • Least known fact about the Squad: We were the first squad in the Richmond area to accept women.
  • How to reach us in an emergency: 911. We are dispatched through the Chesterfield County 911 center, which we call the “Emergency Communications Center.” Our original number (82-8998) won’t even work any more — when we started doing this, numbers only had six digits!


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gene Toler // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Enjoyed my short tenure with BBVRS and the friendships I had there.

  • 2 Carolyn Hammell // Aug 30, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I’m sure there is no one left there that knew me or my husband Andy. He practically lived there. I took the calls and sent the ambulances out. Later I rode with him. We were members there around 1968. Andy passed away May 23rd 2010. He was 72 at the time. We lived in Plant City Florida. I now live in Tampa Florida and I am 80. We both loved it.

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