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OCEAN PARK VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE UNIT INC

VBRESCUE Ocean Park

aka Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad   |   Virginia Beach, VA   |  www.opvrs.com

Mission

The Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad is composed of volunteers who are dedicated, skilled and compassionate professionals whose mission is to provide the highest level of pre-hospital care while promoting a healthier community through patient care, patient advocacy, education, public service and community involvement.

Notes from the nonprofit

We strive to provide high quality emergency medical care to the citizens of our community and the City of Virginia Beach.

Ruling year info

1985

President

Mr Branan Roughgarden

Chief

Alexander Cohn-White

Main address

PO Box 5545

Virginia Beach, VA 23471 USA

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EIN

54-6114848

NTEE code info

Ambulance/Emergency Transport (E62)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are part of a municipal 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, the largest volunteer EMS system in America. Our squad has been addressing illness and injury prevention for over 80 years, but there is a larger need than ever for public safety, accident and illness prevention, pandemic relief, securing and retaining volunteer EMT's, and interfacing with the community in an impactful and positive way. The delivery of emergency care has never been more strained than it is right now, and our squad is integral in the delivery of emergency care and education in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prehospital Emergency Care

To provide exceptional pre-hospital emergency medical care to residents and visitors of The City of Virginia Beach at no cost to the individual patients and families.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Provide continuing education to public safety professionals in the areas of emergency medical care, emergency response operations, incident command and public outreach.

Population(s) Served

Education programs offered to the community in the areas of health, well-being and safety.

Population(s) Served

Ocean Park VRS has been a hub of the Ocean Park community since its founding in 1942. OPVRS provides free space for community organizations to conduct programs, meetings and social events.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of client emergency room visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total patients transported to the Emergency Room who received pre hospital emergency medical care free of charge.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of responses per month, received as a dispatch from Virginia Beach 911

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Funding received from donors through direct mail campaigns, one time and reoccurring donations.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total amount of grants received.

Number of volunteer health care providers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total of Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Advanced EMT & Paramedics.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education: Public Safety Professionals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total hours that Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Members provided on Ambulances to respond to 911 calls for service free of charge.

Number of donor-advised funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prehospital Emergency Care

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to respond quickly and professionally to all medical and traumatic emergencies in the City of Virginia Beach. To accomplish this goal we maintain a fleet of three advanced life support ambulances. Our ambulances must be rotated on and off duty for preventative maintenance, repairs, and life-extending work. Our goal is to increase our ambulance availability so that we can achieve our mission.

We continually strive to find new ways to educate the community about our mission and the ways we help the citizens of Hampton Roads. We conduct outreach through social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube, and participate in community events throughout the year such as farmer's markets, school demonstrations, parades, first aid classes, neighborhood picnics when safe, and we continually respond to citizen requests not only for service, but for meetings and any opportunity to meet and educate our surrounding households that make up our community.

We are fortunate to have a talented group of volunteers with varied backgrounds in web design, social media communications, emergency communications, private business, law, accounting and of course, lots of talented medical providers and educators. We are able to produce content that attracts donors and new volunteers, showcasing the organization while emphasizing the need for additional donations and involvement. We are very capable as an organization, but in this difficult climate for fundraising and finding new volunteers, we always need more help from all walks of life.

It has been difficult to "promote our brand" in the last several years due to the pandemic and a downturn both in donations and volunteering, but we are working hard to continue to make inroads towards increased donations and participants. Our continued success not only as emergency providers but as educators has helped bring more volunteers to our organization, and we have made alot of progress in social media, finding new sources of volunteers and attracting positive attention, due largely to a few very savvy social media mavens that have donated hundreds of hours towards placing Ocean Park in the best possible light. We also have secured donations and grants to assist with the maintenance and upgrades to our physical plant and our vehicles, and have a more vibrant and responsive group of vehicles and providers than we have had in many years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OCEAN PARK VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE UNIT INC

Board of directors
as of 10/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Branan Roughgarden


Board co-chair

Alexander Cohn-White

Benjamin Cohen

Arlene Johnson

Greg Postlewait

Secily Thompson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/26/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.