Residents in western Augusta County now have some more support in case of an emergency.
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors has approved three new paid positions at the Churchville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.
They will be the first full-time workers at the squad. All others are volunteers. The new employees will work Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"There's always time where we're short staffed of volunteers because of multiple calls that may come in at once," says Chris Shaver, president of the Churchville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. "We have to have a secondary agency come out and assist, whether it be from Staunton or other area squads or fire departments."
Shaver says the three positions will be filled in the next few months.