Newly elected EMS chief aims to double volunteer membership
One of his goals is to more than double the number of volunteers serving the community and its almost 60 square miles
The Newtown Bee
NEWTOWN, Conn. — On a rare quiet morning in the cramped quarters that serve as the base for Newtown’s busy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, newly elected Chief Mike Collins was much more interested in talking about his 50-plus active and dedicated colleagues than himself.
And if he has his wish, in the coming year or so, he will have plenty more new colleagues to talk about. One of the primary goals of the volunteer company’s new leader is to more than double the number of volunteers serving the community and its almost 60 square miles encompassing homes, businesses, forests, farms, and the thousands of commuters who pass through Newtown 365 days a year its roadways and adjacent interstate.
“You couldn’t find or ask for a more diverse group of people as we have here,” Mr. Collins said. “And as you can imagine, even if one or two of them have a difference of opinion about something once in awhile, we all work as a cohesive unit when we are responding to a call for help.” Mr. Collins, who previously served on the corps’ leadership panel as a member at large for five years, took office December 1 along with Assistant Chief Sharon McCarthy, Secretary Ken Lehrman, and the two newest members at large, Josh Barrows and James Wolf.