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Report says fire-rescue system has “critical faults”

King George County’s emergency response system has “critical faults” in its organization and command structure, and this “failure yields a dysfunctional and dangerous scene” for fire and rescue workers.

That’s according to a Virginia Fire Services Board study, an independent report prepared at the request of the King George Board of Supervisors.

The report also states the county’s fire and rescue system overstated how many volunteers it has. The county listed 75 active volunteers on its roster in the 2010 Virginia Fire Services Needs Assessment, but the number who respond to emergencies is less than half that, the report says.

King George lacks sufficient personnel to handle its calls, and its continued loss of volunteers “has decreased morale and forced the county” to shift the workload to career people, the report states.

But none of those details were mentioned tonight, when the Board of Supervisors discussed the report for the first time. A power-point presentation by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry provided the recommendations of the report, but none of the background findings that led to the suggestion.

Here’s the full story.

Here’s the entire report on the study of fire and rescue services. It’s taken from the agenda packet, which is posted on King George County’s home page.

2011 Fire & EMS study