WHEATON VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD INC

aka WVRS   |   Wheaton, MD   |  http://www.wvrs.org

Mission

The Mission of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad is to protect the public's health and safety in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. We are a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation that provides emergency services to any person in need.

Notes from the nonprofit

Your support saves lives in Wheaton. Help now by visiting www.WVRS.org and follow us on Facebook @WheatonRescue2

Ruling year info

2001

President

Mr. Gamunu Wijetunge

Chief

Mr. Mark P Dempsey

Main address

P.O. Box 1577

Wheaton, MD 20915 USA

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EIN

52-0796809

NTEE code info

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Ambulance/Emergency Transport (E62)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year the WVRS responds to over 10,000 emergency 9-1-1 calls for service. We respond to medical emergencies, fires, car crashes, and any other type of emergency where people need help.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Ambulance and Fire-Rescue Services

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has provided fire,rescue and emergency medical services to all in need since 1955.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated List 2017

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Top-Rated List 2018

GreatNonprofits - www.greatnonprofits.org

Top-Rated List 2019

GreatNonprofits - www.greatnonprofits.org

Top-Rated List 2020

GreatNonprofits - www.greatnonprofits.org

Top-Rated List 2021

GreatNonprofits - www.greatnonprofits.org

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of calls for service responded to

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Emergency Ambulance and Fire-Rescue Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Emergency and non-emergency calls dispatched by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) that WVRS apparatus responded to. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/frs-ql/Resources/Files/operations/

Number of hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Emergency Ambulance and Fire-Rescue Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of standby hours (hours spent staffing emergency vehicles) logged by WVRS volunteers. 70% of staffing is provided by volunteers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is to to be widely recognized as the premier rescue squad in the United States. We will accomplish this by ensuring our volunteer personnel and emergency vehicles are always ready to respond; maintaining our new fire station at a high state of readiness; and building a trustworthy and accountable relationship with the public we serve.

The need for 9-1-1 service in Wheaton, Maryland and the surrounding areas of Montgomery County continues to grow. An aging population, increasing motor vehicle traffic and high density development forecast an increased need for the WVRS' advanced life support, specialized rescue and ambulance services.

In 2015 the WVRS began a strategic planning process focused on several areas: Operations and Service Delivery; Apparatus and Fleet; Financial Management; Fundraising, Business Operations and Client Services; Board and Administrative Infrastructure; Membership Recruitment and Retention; Building and Grounds; and Communications and Public Outreach.

Our strategic plan focuses on: increasing volunteer staffing; upgrading our vehicles; strengthening fiscal discipline by enforcing strict spending controls; diversifying our approaches to fundraising; continuously evaluating the financial performance of our business operations; recruiting a diverse and engaged Board of Directors; utilizing a data driven approach to recruiting and retaining our volunteer members; monitoring how we maintain and improve our new fire station; and engaging the public through outreach, frequent communication and open dialogue.

The WVRS is an all volunteer organization. We have over 250 members, including nearly 100 volunteers with over 10 years of continuous service.

Our volunteer personnel staff a fleet of emergency vehicles that includes two heavy rescue trucks, four ambulances, two paramedic chase cares, a specialized all terrain rescue vehicle and four specially equipped support vehicles.

The WVRS' volunteer personnel and emergency vehicles respond to 9-1-1 calls from a new four bay fire station built in 2013.

In fiscal year 2015 the WVRS placed a new ambulance in service.We also purchased a new advanced life support (ALS) chase car which began responding to 9-1-1 calls in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. This ALS chase car allows us to deliver faster life saving services to patients in Wheaton and Montgomery County, Maryland. In fiscal year 2016 we completed construction and purchase of a new heavy rescue squad, a second ALS chase car, an ambulance, and a chief's car.

The WVRS recruited an all time record high of 32 new volunteers in fiscal year 2015 coordinated with Maryland's first ever statewide volunteer fire and rescue recruitment day in April 2015.

After opening Wheaton's first newly constructed fire station in several decades, the WVRS must enhance its fundraising and management practices to maintain our state of the art facility. Over the next several years we will focus on strengthening our relationship with our community of supporters.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    GreatNonProfits.org,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WHEATON VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD INC

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gamunu Wijetunge

Rhonda Cohen

Mark Dempsey

William Dunlap

Brian McGinness

Gamunu Wijetunge

Gary Krichbaum

Janet Langenderfer

Thomas Pinder

Margaret Nygren

Catie Brown

Beth Edgerton

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/16/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.