Happy Holidays from Marlinton Fire & Rescue

As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone for the continued support you have shown Marlinton Fire & Rescue, whether it be in the form of a donation, volunteering your time, or just a “thank you”, we truly appreciate you.

We ask that everyone please enjoy the holiday season in a safe manner.   Please be careful while driving, putting up holiday lights and decorations or just celebrating the season.

Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New Year!

EMT Class starting August 23rd

The EMT-Basic class will be taught again this fall in Pocahontas County.  This is the minimum training required to work as an attendant on the ambulance.    Class will start August 23rd at NRAO in Green Bank.   If you are interested in taking the class contact Janet Ghigo at 304-456-4893 or email janetgo@frontiernet.net

Marlinton Rescue Squad will reimburse members who complete the class and take the certification exam.   If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Marlinton Rescue contact Capt. Shawn Dunbrack at 304-799-6973 or email sdunbrack@marlintonrescue.com



Scheduling EMS Stand-by’s

Marlinton Rescue Squad is available to provide stand-by crews at your event.    We need at last one full week’s notice prior to the event to schedule the staff and ambulance for coverage.     We can provide you with several types of coverage:   1) An EMT with first aid bag on site.    2) Fully staffed ambulance on site, ambulance will leave to cover 911 calls, or 3) Fully staffed ambulance on site, ambulance assigned to event and will NOT leave to cover 911 calls.    Please let us know your needs when contacting us to schedule EMS coverage.   If you are not sure, our staff will assist you with what would work best.     Please remember that all of our members are 100% volunteer and are not paid to be at your event or go on 911 calls.     While we do not typically charge for stand-by coverage, any donation is appreciated.  There can be several expenses for the squad to cover these types of events.   

If you would like to schedule an EMS crew please call Capt. Shawn Dunbrack at 304-799-6973 or email sdunbrack@marlintonrescue.com

You may also contact 1st. Lt. Jennifer Miller at 304-799-4371 or email jennifermmiller@hotmail.com


Looking for volunteers

Marlinton Rescue is always accepting new members. If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity we will provide the training and uniforms if you are willing to devote some time and energy to our organization. As a new EMS volunteer you would be expected to attend our bi-weekly meetings and training sessions and respond to as many EMS calls as possible. New EMS volunteers start out riding along as observers and are trained to assist with patient care, emergency vehicle driving and administrative functions.

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush give EMS a try. Download an application from our Downloads page and return it to our station in person or via fax or email. All new volunteers must undergo a complete criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug and alcohol screening. We prefer that our volunteers live within 6 miles of Marlinton, but if you work or are in town often we do consider other applicants. We do have a junior membership program for high school students ages 15 – 18.

Marlinton Rescue institutes drug testing for members

Volunteers with Marlinton Rescue Squad will soon be required to undergo random drug and alcohol testing.   The members of the Squad established the policy ourselves in an effort to show our commitment to a drug free community.

As EMS workers we are placed in a position of trust on a daily basis.  We felt that is it important for us to prove to our patients and their families that our volunteers are committed to a drug-free lifestyle.    All EMS workers in West Virginia are currently required to have a criminal background check before being certified as an EMS provider.   We wanted to take that one step farther and show that our volunteers are also drug and alcohol free.

Marlinton Rescue Squad has contracted with Joe Boggs & Associates to administer our substance abuse policy.   The Charleston firm will randomly select members to be tested.   Any volunteer who tests positive will be immediately terminated.

New applicants for membership with the Squad will also be required to submit a drug and alcohol test prior to being granted membership with the squad.

CodeRED Community Alert System

The CodeRed Emergency Notification System will be used to send critical communications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.  To make sure you receive notifications, login to the link below and verify your contact information, your home’s location and any other contact methods you would like to receive notifications.  Your contact information remains private and will only be used for community notifications.

When you see 866-419-5000 displayed on your caller ID, you will know the call is from us.  If you would like to hear the last message deliverd to your phone, simply call the number back.

Pocahontas County has partnered with CodeRED to provide emergency notifcations to citizens in times of emergency.   Any notifications regarding flooding, boil water advisories, etc. will be released to via the CodeRED system. We can notify the entire county or just one street with one simple phone call.  If you add your email or cell phone information you will also receive an email or text message with the notification information.

Make sure to register and check your information.

Marlinton Rescue Assists on Fatal Dump Truck Crash

MARLINTON, WV – Marlinton Fire & Rescue was toned at on January 22, 2010 at 11:17 a.m. for a dump truck accident with a person entrapped under the truck on Route 39 between Marlinton and Richwood. Fire and EMS units from Hillsboro Fire/Rescue were dispatched at 11:14 a.m. and requested units from Marlinton to assist with the extrication.

While en route units were advised that fire and EMS from Richwood were also responding. Shortly before Marlinton and Hillsboro units arrived on scene, Redi-Care Ambulance from Craigsville reported that the driver of the truck was dead on scene. Marlinton and Hillsboro units continued to the scene to assist with traffic control and extrication.

The driver was pronounced dead on scene by the Pocahontas County Medical Examiner. The accident investigation was conducted by WV State Police and WV Dept of Transportation Enforcement.

Units responding from Pocahontas County were: Hillsboro 304, 305, 303 and 321; from Marlinton Medic 116 and Pocahontas Memorial Medic 10 and Pocahontas County OES Director 920 and Sheriff unit 701. From Richwood were Rescue 19 and Redi-Care Ambulance. Marlinton units Engine 119 and Squad 118 were cancelled prior to arrived on scene.

Marlinton Fire & Rescue Responds to Two Car Wrecks in Creeks

MARLINTON, WV – Marlinton Fire & Rescue was called to the first accident at 11:14 a.m. on January 20, 2010 on Route 39 east of Marlinton. Initial reports said that a car was over the embankment in the water. Marlinton Attack 122 and Squad 116 responded to the accident along with Pocahontas Memorial Medic 10.

Medic 10 was first on scene and found that the car was stopped from going into the water by two trees wedging the car in midair above the water. The driver of the car was alone and out of the vehicle. She complained of minor cuts on her hand and was treated on scene and released.

At 12:45 p.m. Marlinton Fire & Rescue was called for an second motor vehicle crash on Route 28 near Pocahontas County High School. Again, initial reports said the car was in a creek. 911 callers later reported that two victims were out of the vehicle and at a nearby home. Marlinton Attack 122, squads 116 and 117 and Rescue/Engine 119 responded to the scene.

On arrival Squad 116 found a car totally submerged on its top in a creek. The two female passengers had gotten themselves out of the car and walked to a farmhouse nearby. The two patients were transported to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital by Squad 116 and 117 for treatment of possible hypothermia.

Both accidents were investigated by the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department.

Single-Vehicle Accident on US219 Leaves One Injured

BUCKEYE, WV – At 1:44 p.m., Marlinton Fire & Rescue was toned for a single vehicle accident with entrapments on US219 south of Buckeye. Initial reports indicated that the vehicle was on its top in the roadway with at least one person entrapped.

Marlinton units Medic 116, Medic 117, Attack 122 and Rescue/Engine 119 responded to the scene along with an ambulance from Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.

PMH Medic 10 and Attack 122 were first on scene and reported that the victim was out of the vehicle and the car was not overturned.

Marlinton units continued to the scene and assisted with patient packaging and traffic control.

The single patient was transported with minor injuries to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital by PMH Medic 10.

The accident was investigated by Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department units 701 and 702.

Marlinton Fire & Rescue Responds to Fully Involved Structure Fire

MARLINTON, WV – At 11:34 p.m. November 10, 2009 Marlinton Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire on First Avenue in Marlinton.

First units on scene reported smoke and flames showing from a two story dwelling. The residents of the home were in the process of moving to another house down the street and were not in the house at the time of the fire.

Marlinton firefighters had the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes, but remained on scene until approximately 3:00 a.m. doing overhaul.

Marlinton units responding were Rescue/Engine 119, Engine 121, Engine 120, Squad 118 and Medic 116. Marlinton was assisted by units from Hillsboro Vol. Fire Department – Engine 304 and Unit 306.

The fire is under investigation by the WV State Fire Marshal’s office.