“Rescue Squad”


by Chaplain Skip Straus
Emergency Ministries

I believe that only two groups of people can really understand what a Rescue Squad does – those who serve on a squad and those they save.

“‘…for I am with you to rescue and save you.’ declares the LORD.”
– Jeremiah 15:20(b) (NIV)

I believe that only two groups of people can really understand what a Rescue Squad does – those who serve on a squad and those they save.

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Chaplain Skip Straus

Sure, others, especially fire/EMS folks, understand what rescue teams do – in a generalized sense. But, unless you have been there, done that, you don’t understand the amount of training, expertise and courage it takes to perform specialized rescue… such as; high-angle, low-angle, trench and structural collapse.

I believe a victim might understand, because they knew where they were and the life-or-death circumstance they were involved in. After all, they were the ones who saw the light on the helmet of a rescuer coming towards them in their darkest hour and heard a calming voice say to them, “I am with the rescue team. We are going to get you out of here.”

In our deepest, darkest hour… when we are in the midst of; a divorce, a death in the family, a financial crisis, a child has turned to drugs – when we need to be pulled from despair, all we have to do is send out a call to THE Rescue Squad. That call is prayer. That call is petition to the RESCUE CHIEF of all creation – to GOD. “Please, help me through this, LORD!” is the cry.

The answer? Well, the answer is the verse for this month – GOD says, “I am here.” THE RESCUE CHIEF says to you, “…I am with you to rescue and save you!” What a relief.

Are you buried in the darkness and feel as though everything is collapsing around you? Are you so full of despair because of something tragic in life? RESCUE ONE is standing by and waiting for your call. And when you do make that call, can’t you imagine seeing the “Light of the world” (see John 9:5) coming towards you in your dark tunnel of desperation? What a relief.

My prayer is that each one of you realize the power to save that our REAL CHIEF has in store for you. And, all you have to do is ask! Ask HIM to become the REAL CHIEF in your life. Ask HIM to teach you how to “snatch others from the fire and save them.” (Jude, verse 23(a)NIV) HE will teach you. HE loves that you are serving…

About the Author: J.C. “Skip” Straus started in EMS in 1973, while still a senior in High School, and became a paramedic in 1976. He joined his first volunteer fire department in 1978. He worked full time in EMS for 14 years, took 11 years “off” and did safety consulting, then re-entered the EMS world in 2000. He spent his last ten years working “the hood” in a large city and in a metropolitan suburb city, the last two of which he served as a Paramedic Captain.

He began taking seminary courses from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 1997. After only eleven ‘short’ years, he graduated in October of 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He obtained his Master’s Degree in April of 2011. He was ordained as a non-denominational Christian Pastor in September of 1999.

Skip founded Emergency Ministries in December of 1998. The ministry now provides Chaplaincy for several Emergency Service agencies and over 4,000 personnel.

Chaplain Skip, as he is known, is a Board Certified Crisis Chaplain (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress), a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and is the CEO and Senior Chaplain of Emergency Ministries. He is a speaker and writer. He has authored almost five hundred “Stress Relief” articles, two of which appear in the devotional section in the back of the Firefighter’s Bible (Holman’s Christian Standard Bible – ISBN: 1586400975).

Skip also serves as a Critical Incident Stress Management consultant to the offshore industry in his role as Vice President of Global Operations for CISM International. He was one of four counselors sent to debrief the survivors of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Chaplain lives in a suburb of Houston, Texas with his wife Cindy and their dog, Harley. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Skip is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer. He says ‘stress relief’ for him involves diving with the sharks. Go figure.

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