Lead Mines Rescue Squad was originally organized on August 21, 1976 with 89 members. It received incorporation on December 20, 1976. In December 1976, Lead Mines Rescue Squad had 39 EMTs and 59 members in total. LMRS began renovating the former agriculture building of what is now known as the Jackson Memorial Elementary School and the station continues to serve as Station 1. The Lead Mines Rescue Squad Emblem depicting the mining tool of the Lead Mines encircled by the rescue rope to signify complete coverage of their services area was designed by Roger Burnett.

In June 1977, many members completed training for Advanced First Aide. At this time, there were 56 members qualified to run calls. Since 1976, LMRS has been available to cover rescue calls 24 hours a day. During the first six months of services LMRS answered 223 calls and traveled over 12,419 miles.

Over the years many changes have been made. LMRS has four stations that house multiple emergency vehicles and equipment. LMRS currently has four ambulances, a crash truck, ATV with trailer to transport patient and two boats. They still provide coverage to the community 24 hours a day with Advanced Life Support coverage. LMRS currently has 24 volunteer members and 18 Career Staff.

Lead Mines Rescue will be holding an Open House on November 20, 2016 from 2 -4 pm at the Max Meadows Ruritan Bingo Hall on Rt. 52 in Ft. Chiswell. Ambulances, equipment and memorabilia will be on display. Please join them in celebrating 40 years of services to the community.

August 21, 1976 Charter Members

Bobby Ogle

Gardella Ogle

Tom Reese

Donnie Morehead

Russell Porter

Otto Clark

Jimmy Porter