Ash-Rand Rescue - History

Prior to Ash-Rand Rescue’s incorporation on Sept. 12, 1962, a Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Reserve group, with assistance from the Central Piedmont Citizens Band Radio Club, provided aid in the county.

At the time of its organization, it had assets of $300, money transferred from the disbanded deputy group, and no equipment. The first purchases were two first aid kits and a 1955 panel truck used for laundry pick-up. Soon after, Pugh Funeral Home donated a 1957 Plymouth station wagon which was converted into an ambulance. The squad originally operated from two different locations in the 300 block of South Fayetteville Street.

Ash-Rand Rescue has been serving Randolph County for over 50 years and is the county’s oldest operating ambulance service. It also provides all types of rescue operations in many different specialized areas including search and rescue, water rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse, confined space and trench rescue, and wilderness rescue.

Ash-Rand Rescue has expanded to three bases of operation: Its headquarters, Base 1, on South Cox Street in Asheboro; Base 2 at the former Ramseur Fire Department in the eastern portion of the county; and Base 3 at the Tabernacle Fire Department in the county’s western part.


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