Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Update on Company 7
Sunday, I reported that Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue was considering taking volunteer staff out of Company 7, the Wilderness station. At an officers’ meeting Monday, they decided against that option. But staffing on the fire side of that station is still spotty. The department struggles to find enough volunteers to staff Company 7.
I spoke with Deputy Rescue Chief Eric Lasky, who said that CVFR is trying to decide how to “best allocate” its resources. Leaders will look at issues like call volume and response times.
Spotsylvania County’s department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management are also looking at staffing issues, said Chief Chris Eudailey. Some of these issues should be resolved when the county starts its pilot program, he said. The program will combine career and volunteer staff into crews to staff some stations round-the-clock, Monday through Friday.
The pilot program will start in five stations and won’t help during weekends. That’s what the county can do with the career staff it now has, Eudailey said. He added that he would ask the Board of Supervisors for more firefighters if that is necessary.
Adding a firefighter costs about $70,600.
Lasky said that the county is on the path for a true, integrated system which would benefit residents. The effort might be messy now, but the results will be worth it, he said.