One of the county’s biggest events, the Waterford Fair, took place over the first October weekend, Oct. 3 to 5. The fair draws a big crowd each year, and this year it was no different: The hosts of the event estimate that the visitor count reached about 25,000 over the weekend.
For us at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Waterford Fair is a great opportunity to interact with the public. We have a long-standing history – 30 years – of providing medical evaluations, interventions, assistance, and standby services at the event. This year we had a great presence of volunteers. We staffed two ambulances at the fair, plus one ambulance in Hamilton for emergencies in town. On all three days we had Gators available for rapid responses in crowded spots at the fair. Two out of the three days we also had a bike team at the event. An advanced-level provider (paramedic) was available all three days as well. This means that on any given event day there were about 15 volunteers on call and ready to assist with emergencies.
This year, our volunteers primarily responded to bee stings, falls, and scrapes. Fortunately, it was the second year in a row where none of the patients required transport to the local hospital. On average, our HVRS volunteers assisted 7 patients each day of the fair weekend.
With each medical standby service comes a lot of planning, establishing a command structure, and other behind-the-scenes tasks to make it all happen and function properly. Our volunteers invested about 400 combined hours of their time to plan, prepare, coordinate, and provide hands-on emergency services for this year’s Waterford Fair weekend – and now that this year’s fair is over, we have already begun to plan for next year’s.
The Poker Run took place on Sunday, September 28th, from 10am until 2pm. It was sponsored by Company 9, Arcola Volunteer Fire Department. While the event was open to all vehicles, it was especially geared toward motorcycle riders. The participants paid $25.00 a piece and could ride to all fire-rescue departments in Loudoun County, where they chose a playing card. Their participation card was marked by each company.
A participant of the Poker Run drawing a playing card
Volunteers Rafe Nichols and Randy Breton from our Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad staffed a refreshment booth to provide water and fruit, and Bob Moore and Bill Clare helped on behalf of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department.
The event started and ended at the Arcola station. Prizes were awarded for the players with the best hands as well as worst hands, plus random door prizes drawings. The participants were also rewarded with gorgeous weather for the event.
Great turnout at the event
According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 15 million Americans cope with some degree of food allergy. The FARE Walk for Food Allergy is a nationwide initiative that draws thousands of people each year, with the mission of raising funds for research on food allergies and promoting awareness on the topic. This year’s FARE Walk for the Northern Virginia region took place on September 28 at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, and the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad provided an ambulance for standby services.
Above: Volunteers Curt, Evan, and Austen with the DC United mascot, Talon.
The event was geared towards the whole family, and many young children stopped by to visit our volunteers and get a close-up look of the ambulance.
On Saturday December 14, 2013, members of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad (HVRS) had their Annual Banquet at the Loudoun County Country Club. The event was a dinner to recap the year’s accomplishments, hand out awards, and swear in new officers who were voted in for 2014.