Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Fire and EMS meeting
The Fire and EMS Commission meets tonight, 7 p.m. at the Holbert Building. The agenda is here.
Fire and Rescue Management Chief Chris Eudailey will present the state review of the department at the meeting. Also, at last night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors asked that Eudailey bring their concerns over the committee’s proposed standard operating guidelines. These guidelines are very similar to those already in place for the department. A few reviews in the past year asked the county to create or update a list of standard practices. These reviews came after a fatal fire on Feb. 5. Here is a story which lists some of the recommendations.
A story in today’s paper talks about the supervisors’ concerns with the guidelines. Basically, they wanted the list to include consequences for not following the procedures, a clear chain of command and stronger language.
After the supervisors finished telling Eudailey their issues about the suggested guidelines, newly elected Chairman Benny Pitts took some time to publicly speak about some other concerns he has with Fire Rescue and Emergency Management. He said that in the past week, he received two calls from residents saying they saw county trucks being used for what seemed to be personal business.
Pitts said one woman called from Outback Steakhouse to tell him that a couple got out of a county truck and eat dinner.
He said, “That foolishness has to stop.”
Pitts then asked that if the personnel wouldn’t stop using the trucks for personal use, could they please at least use Spotsylvania restaurants and stores.
“That’s the least I can ask for,” he said. “I’m tired of getting these complaints about career and/or volunteers using aparatus for personal use.”
He said that although volunteer departments purchase their own equipment, the county pays for the gas.