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Frog Level Volunteer Rescue Squad closed in Caroline
BY PORTSIA SMITH
After 30 years of service, Caroline County officials have shut the doors of the Frog Level Volunteer Rescue Squad.
The squad was shut down after a vote in closed session by the Caroline County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night.
The board did not specify what the vote was for Tuesday other than to approve a recommendation by Fire-EMS chief Jason Loftus for a disciplinary action under personnel.
County Administrator Charles Culley announced the closure Thursday morning.
“This action comes after a careful review of the facts over a significant period of time,” said Culley. “It is a very difficult decision to close a rescue squad that has taken great pride in serving its neighbors for many years.
Culley cited some issues as the reason for shutting it down and said they had no choice because of the squad’s continued lack of active membership combined with a clear inability to provide fundamental leadership, discipline and member standards.
“The county does not believe it is getting a sufficient return on its investment in the form of service to the public to warrant continued funding of the
squad,” he said. “We are hopeful these deficiencies can be addressed in the future.”
The Frog Level Volunteer rescue squad opened in 1982 and was the third medical emergency team to open in rural Caroline to aid squads in Bowling Green and Ladysmith and reduce response times in the southern part of the county.
A representative from the rescue squad could not be reached for comment.
Culley said that emergency services in the Frog Level area would not be impacted by the decision to close the rescue squad.
“The County has provided emergency medical services from the nearby Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department for some time through a combination of career staff and volunteers and will continue to do in the future”, he said. “Citizens will see no drop off in service as a result of this action. Active volunteers from Frog Level Volunteer Rescue Squad will be absorbed into the County system at other locations.”
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419