A Brief History     
  • 1968: The Avery County Volunteer Rescue Squad was formed. The first EMS charter in Avery County was founded.
  • 1971: The first Emergency Medical Technician Class was offered in Avery County. The first E.M.T.'s were certified.
  • 1974: The first Hurst "Jaws of Life" were purchased in Avery County.
  • 1975: The Linville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad was formed.
  • 1978: The Avery Central Volunteer Rescue Squad was formed in Newland.
  • 1982: The Avery County Ambulance and Rescue Association was formed from the three volunteer rescue squads in the county.
  • 1984: New techniques were introduced in Avery County to help improve medical care to patients in the field. Among these were the use of IV's and Heart Defibrillators.
  • 1987: Classes and Instructors advanced to Advanced Life Support (A.L.S.) Level.
  • 1989: The Linville-Central Volunteer Rescue Sqad was recognized for the Rescue of the Year Award for the State of North Carolina. A Hang-glider was rescued on Grandfather Mountain.
  • 1993: The North Carolina Rescue Squads were required to upgrade to North Carolina
    Emergency Rescue Technicians Certification. The first Rescue Techs in Avery County were certified.
  • 1994: The first 24-hour paid E.M.S. system was founded in Avery County.
  • 1995: Received the David Blake Rescue Award for a rescue at Wiseman View.
  • 1999: Avery Central and Linville merged to form the Linville-Central Rescue Squad.







Linville Central Rescue Squad, Inc.

1940 Linville Falls Hwy., Linville, NC
Mailing: P.O. Box 716, Newland, NC 28657
Office Telephone: 828.733.2346
Fax: 828.733.6736

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