QRS serves up large crowd

Over 400 supporters entered the doors of the St. Mary Parish Center in Keota on Sunday, February 25 in support of the men and women who serve the community on the First Responders (QRS) unit.

Established in 1981, Keota QRS has remained in force and answered to calls throughout the community for over thirty years. Made up from members with a variety of experience and time served, they all have one goal of making sure the community is taken care of.

Keota QRS is a non-tax entity. One hundred percent of money used to keep this organization going is from community donations. From the cost of equipment, uniforms, insurance, education and supplies all money is solely money raised at fundraising events or monetary donations from members of the community.

“The QRS was able to raise money towards items such as insurance and a new suction machine during the breakfast,” Tyler Bayliss said. “We are seeking new members if anyone is interested in joining.”

The process of getting the proper certification to be a member cost approximately $2000.00, alone which does not include the twenty-four hours of recertification, which must be completed every two years to keep certification up to date. Many of the members of the QRS are licensed LPN and RN’s, but every member is CPR certified. Every member has an important part of the response equation, from driving to documentation to performing inventory and being available to respond to calls to making sure that citizens are getting outstanding care by these members.

Keota QRS has made a huge impact in the lives of the residents of Keota and the surrounding area and this wonderful organization will continue for years to come. If you were unable to attend the breakfast and would like to make a donation or would like to learn more about become a member of the QRS you can contact a current member or write: Keota QRS, PO Box 154, Keota, IA 52248.