Why Essex? Essex Rescue

Interview with Will Moran, Executive Director & Paramedic

Essex Rescue is a volunteer-based, non-profit ambulance service which provides emergency care to those in Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Underhill, and Westford.  In total Essex Rescue’s coverage area is around 139 square miles, some of which is in mountainous and heavily forested areas.  Essex Rescue gets roughly 2,400 calls for services every year. 

While Essex Rescue does have some paid staff, volunteers are the backbone of the organization.  Volunteer paramedics commit to spending at least one twelve hour shift at the station each week.  As a result, Will tries to make the space as comfy as possible for volunteers.  This includes offering the use of an on-site gym, a fully stocked kitchen with three meals a day available, and cozy bedrooms for the nights that volunteers actually get to sleep through (at least some of) their shifts.   

Essex Rescue also offers a subscription program for $50 per year.  This enables any member of a household to use Essex Rescue’s emergency transit services without needing to worry about the cost.   

If you are interested in learning more, Essex Rescue is holding their 2019 Open House on Saturday, June 22 from 11 AM-2 PM at their offices at 1 Educational Drive.  This is a family-friendly event and a great chance to tour the facilities, eat some delicious snacks, and enter to win prizes from local businesses.  Learn more on their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/296129797737172/.  

Why Essex? “The Essex community has supported us throughout the years, through donations, membership in our annual subscription program, and volunteer support.” –Will Moran

Why Essex? is a weekly(ish) column highlighting the people and places that make Essex an interesting and special place. Have an idea for the column? E-mail Darby Mayville at darby@ essexjunction.org.

Photo Credits: Essex Rescue