On August 28, 2011, the newly renovated Buncombe County Rescue Squad facility will be officially known as the Russell and Thelma Rapp Station. In a dedication ceremony planned for 3:00 pm at the 116 Hansel Avenue location, a plaque honoring the couple will be unveiled. Mr. and Mrs. Rapp are being memorialized as benefactors of the rescue squad. In addition, The Janirve Foundation will be recognized for their contribution to the project; the training room will be dedicated to Johnathan Stein Giardina, son of Nick and Debbie Giardina. The public is encouraged to attend, and a special invitation is extended to friends of the Rapps and former Squad members
Buncombe County Rescue Squad is a private nonprofit that provides ambulance and other services to the citizens of Buncombe County. Some of these services include fire rehabilitation stand-by, medical stand-by for sporting events and festivals, and Swift Water Rescue response. Staff of the organization is comprised of paid employees and volunteers. Buncombe County Rescue Squad was established in 1962, and is funded by a combination of operating revenues, grants, and generous donations. For more information visit our website at www.buncomberescue.org.