St. Louis County Rescue Squad needs continue to grow

St. Louis County Rescue Squad vehicle at night St. Louis County Rescue Squad vehicle at night |  Photo: Justin LeBlanc

Darren Danielson
Updated: July 20, 2020 03:48 PM

We are coming off another summer weekend that included plenty of of outdoor recreating with family and friends. Sometimes though things don't go as planned.


Emergencies can happen and when they do, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad is called in.

When we are out and about we hope we never see these people, but we are glad they are there. The rescue squad has saved hundreds of people over it's 62 year existence.

They are called in for water emergencies, wilderness search and rescue operations, motor vehicle accidents, helicopter evacuation set up, emergencies of all types.

As the public get's more and more into outdoor recreation, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad is called in more and more. Last year they responded to a record breaking number of calls.

Captain Rick Slatten told us even this weekend was a busy one. "Rescue calls in the woods are up, water rescue calls are up, yes people are getting out and recreating. We were out all through Saturday, we had a search, we had a back country rescue, an ATV accident, a couple medical calls and a water emergency on White Face."

The highly-regarded rescue squad is a volunteer organization that relies on financial donations to survive. Slatten says without the generous support of the public they simply can't do their job.

They are about half way toward putting an AED in every one of their 33 rescue vehicles, but are still short on equipment particularly in the Ely area.

The rescue squad's fundraising campaign is in full swing and are hopeful and thankful for any and all donations as their emergency response needs show no signs of decreasing.

Online donations can be made here.


Darren Danielson

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