Welcome to Barre, Massachusetts

The Town of Barre is a small rural community located 61 miles from Boston, almost exactly in the center of the State, and covers 44.8 square miles. It has a population of 5,365 is bordered by Phillipston on the north, Hubbardston on the northeast, Rutland and Oakham on the southeast, New Braintree on the south, Hardwick on the southwest, and Petersham on the northwest. Barre is 22 miles northwest of Worcester has a latitude of 42.422N, a longitude of 72.105W and and elevation of 784 feet above sea level. The form of government is Board of Selectmen and open town meeting.

The community was named after Isaac Barré, a member of the British Parliament who opposed the taxation of America.

The town of Barre did not start out as the "Town of Barre". From the beginning of the earliest kept records Barre was part of Rutland. The town was part of the Naquag grant and was made the "Northwest District of Rutland in 1749. In 1774 the town incorporated and was called "Hutchinson". Two years later a petition for a different name resulted in it being called "Barre", with a population of 734. During the Industrial Revolution, it became known for its production of farming equipment and palm leaf hats. During the Civil War it supplied much of the gunpowder used by the Union Army.

The Barre Emergency and Rescue Squad was established in 1972 by a small group of citizens, who along with the local Police Department recognized the need for early intervention in cases of severe illness or trauma.

Initally, the Rescue Squad was comprised of a group of First Responders trained in basic First Aid. These individuals responded to the needs of the townspeople at all hours of the day and night to provide First Aid and rapid transport to the nearest hospital. A Cadillac Ambulance was the Barre's first emergency vehicle .

As the towns population grew, emergency medicine became a more urgent necessity. The original First Responders were joined by more individuals and all became trained as Emergency Medical Technicians.

Today, every member is a State certified Emergency Medical Technician and most members have completed higher training. Today's Rescue Squad members are trained in the use of Defibrillator's and are certified to administer Epinephrine injections for the treatment of severe allergic reactions. Several members of the Squad are State certified at the "EMT Intermediate" level. These members provide A.L.S. (Advanced Life Support) to the town. Intermediate EMT's are one grade level below Paramedic and are able to start I.V's and provide advanced airway care to severely ill or injured patients.

The Rescue Squad has maintained its volunteer standing in the community throughout the years. Although Members are compensated for time spent while caring for patients and taking State required continuing education classes, the majority of the volunteers time is donated to the town. Rescue Squad members are required to spend a "minimum" of 48 hours per month "on call". Members are not compensated for the time the have committed to, unless they are dispatched to respond to an emergency.

The Barre emergency and Rescue Squad is staffed by a group of 20-25 dedicated individuals. These individuals care for and man two fully equipped state of the art ambulances. 

The Barre Rescue Squad's first priority is to see to the welfare of the citizens of Barre. As a service to the towns people, the Rescue Squad provides emergency transfers from anywhere in town to local hospitals. As an additional service, the squad provides emergency transfers from the Barre Family heath center to local hospitals when necessary. The Squad is often called upon to provide mutual aid care to near by towns. Squad members are to be commended for their dedication and caring in responding to the needs of the citizens of Barre and surrounding communities

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