Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Chancellor Volunteers write letter to editor
Kevin Dillard, the administrative chief for Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue, wrote a letter to the editor today in response to critical articles about the Feb. 5 house fire that killed Sandy Hill. Dillard wrote the letter to the editor on behalf of the agency’s approximately 200 volunteers
You can read it here.
Dillard said some “highly critical” stories have been published in The Free Lance-Star because their performance Feb. 5 at the house fire on Spotswood Furnace Road was not up to standards.
He said all of the volunteers are committed to honoring the memory of Sandy Hill by “redoubling our efforts to learn from this painful experience and improving our capabilities to save lives and prevent such tragedies in the future.”
A story will likely be published this weekend about details in a voluminous binder of documents that a task force used to investigate the performance of the volunteers. For the first time since the fire, Assistant Fire Chief Tony Dennis, who was in charge of the operations that morning, answered some questions for the story, which focuses on notes from his interview with the task force.
Dillard served on the task force that internally investigated the fire, along with one other volunteer member and two longtime career firefighters. The task force’s final report was sent to four independent agencies to review and make additional recommendations to the 43 recommendations for improvement that are included in the task force’s report.