Annual EMS door-to-door canvas slated

The Barbour County Emergency Squad Inc. will conduct its annual door-to-door canvas to raise funds to be placed in its new ambulance and equipment fund. The canvas, which is the squad’s largest fundraising project of the year, will take place through June 13. The canvas will continue July 8-18 starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at dark. For identification purposes, all squad member working the canvas will be in squad uniform, squad T-shirts of have an official ID badge.

The Barbour County Emergency Squad Inc. was formed in 1988 when all county funding was eliminated and as a result, the squad became a nonprofit organization under IRS code 501 C3. The local squad received no city or state funding and only limited funding from the Barbour County Commission.

According to squad officials, “Fundraising dollars are extremely important to our agency. Without fund drive, it would be impossible for us to purchase new equipment.” Squad officials state this year’s fund drive is even more important than ever as the federal government has drastically reduced reimbursements for ambulance services.

With the expansion of Medicaid patients under the “Obamacare” plan, the squad is currently taking more runs than ever before and receiving less money. The squad currently has a fleet of five ambulances and 35 employees.

Director Rob Jones wanted to clarify that the Barbour County Emergency Squad Inc. is not receiving any funds from the recently enacted fire fee. Jones stated that he has received many inquiries from county residents and there appears to be a lot of confusion in regard to which county agencies will benefit from the fire fee.

If you do not reside in the squad’s canvas area or you are inadvertently missed during the canvas and you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the squad, you may do so by sending the donation to: B.C.E.S., P.O. Box 55, Philippi, WV 26416. Donations can also be made to the squad by using a VISA or Master Card. Your continued support for this event is greatly appreciated. For more information regarding the canvas, call Rob Jones, director, at 304-457-2037.