Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Who is watching the Fire and Rescue Commission?
The Fire and Rescue Commission is being televised right now for the first time. At least 100 people–mostly volunteers–are present in the Holbert Building.
The new commission, expanded from five voting members to nine members, is meeting for the first time.
Who is watching?
Some good news: Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad received a $40,000 grant and will buy some new equipment, including new lifepacks, for it crews, according to Captain Wanda Garnder.
Some not so good news: Deputy Fire Chief Nick Caputo, who is retiring soon, said there are at least 2,000 fire reports that have not been completed, which could put the county at legal risk if any of these incidents were to go to court for insurance purposes or any other legal matter. This was a problem with the fatal fire on Feb. 5. Most of the required paperwork was never completed for that incident.
County Administrator Doug Barnes outlined new training goals he wants to discuss during an Aug. 28 planning session. I will have the full story on that in tomorrow’s paper.
Each of the representatives of the county’s three volunteer agencies expressed support of Barnes’ plan and said they are committed to improving the combined fire and rescue system with him.
They just adjourned.