I give because the support of our local volunteer rescue squads and the members of the community that staff them, in particular the students at Virginia Tech who give considerable time to the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, is important to me.

The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad is an organization that John Beach and his wife have supported for more than 34 years. He and his wife both served on the squad as students at Virginia Tech and went on to serve on various rescue squads for more than 20 years and they continue to support the organization financially though gifts to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) annually.

Beach is the director of strategic initiatives for Facilities Services. He is also the chair of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign steering committee at Virginia Tech.

John Beach, director of strategic initiatives for Facilities Services at Virginia Tech
John Beach, front, the director of strategic initiatives for Facilities Services at Virginia Tech, has supported the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad for more than 34 years. Beach, who is also the chair of the 2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign steering committee, is pictured here in the back of one of the rescue squad’s ambulances with the group’s president JT Jones from Chesapeake, Va.

When the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad was formed in 1969, members responded to emergency calls in personal vehicles with medical equipment purchased through private donations. Today the agency operates with 40 members trained in basic and advanced life support procedures to give every patient the best possible care. The Rescue Squad operates four advanced life support equipped ambulances, one advanced life support quick response vehicle, a communications interoperability command and control unit, a support truck, special operations unit, mass casualty response unit, Cycle Emergency Response Team, and an all-terrain vehicle.

The nature of emergency medical services has changed much since Beach and his wife ran calls in the back of an ambulance at Virginia Tech.

“Technology has evolved dramatically,” said Beach, explaining that emergency medical services personnel are able to provide a much higher level of care to patients in the ambulance before they arrive at the hospital. But, he says, they need the right equipment to provide that potentially lifesaving care in those critical minutes following an injury.

That equipment comes at a high cost – about $225,000 to purchase and equip one of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad ambulances.

 “They need our financial support to continue their mission to aid those in critical need of assistance when sudden illness or serious injury occurs,” said Beach. “Donating to the squad is the least we can do to support the efforts of the dedicated volunteers, students, faculty, staff, and retirees, who serve their community. “

Beach has served as the chair of the CVC steering committee for three years.

Please consider donating to any of the 1,300 charities participating in this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried Virginia Tech employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations via payroll deduction. All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.


First published on: Oct 17, 2012

Written by Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson.

About the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad

The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad was formed in 1969 to provide the best possible emergency medical care to the Virginia Tech community and training and experience to those interested in emergency medicine. It is the second oldest collegiate rescue squad in the country and the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia.