Rehab 23 is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing support to Wilson County First Responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We operate out of the FDMJ Station1 with two vehicles; a converted ambulance and a jeep support vehicle. We respond to calls from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) dispatch in Lebanon and to direct calls from other First Responder organizations. Rehab 23 provides a place to rest in our vehicle or under cover with chairs along with water, sports drinks, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks or meals as needed. The vehicle also is used by the EMTs for continuous firefighter evaluation to avoid injury, dehydration or hypothermia - this allows the on-scene ambulance to remain available to respond to emergency needs.
Started in the summer of 2013, Rehab 23 was established because of the demands on firefighters under very stressful conditions. Firefighting has the greatest short surge physiologic demands of any profession. With only 10% of a firefighters time being spent on the fireground, 50% of deaths and 66% of injuries occur on scene. A typical firefighter may carry 60 to over 100 lbs of equipment into a structure fire with temperatures in a fully engaged structure fire going to upwards of 500 degrees (typically 300-400 degrees). Firefighters require constant monitoring to avoid injury and to insure proper rest and rehydration.
Law Enforcement often remains on the scene of events for hours at a time, generally without support for refreshment and rest. Rehab 23 provides that, whether on the scene of a major traffic accident or other emergency event.
Rehab 23 is a designated 501(c)(3) organization and depends on volunteers and donations to continue providing this very important support