Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Fire and Rescue training work session underway
County Administrator told a roundtable of paid and volunteer firefighters that now is the time to change the culture and attitude of the county’s combined fire and rescue system.
“Make no mistake: We are doing it. We’ve got to move toward minimum training requirements because it is the right thing to do,” Barnes said today during a training work session at Germanna Community College.
Barnes called the meeting in wake of a Feb. 5 fatal fire. Sandy Hill died from inhaling smoke while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher providing directions of her location. When firefighters found her it was too late. They were able to save a teenager from the house.
Since that fire, an internal and external report strongly criticized the response to the incident.
Barnes called the training work session to set minimum training standards. The meeting started at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
A full story will run in Sunday’s paper.