Leaders Are Deciding Where to Place Rescue Workers

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va -- Augusta County's Fire and Rescue Squad is in the process of placing 21 paid rescue workers at different stations. Where those workers will go is constantly changing.

Their placement depends entirely on where they are needed the most and the number of calls a certain place gets. Most importantly, they cannot place the new workers at stations that do not want them.

Augusta County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Armstrong said it all comes down to funding.

“Some stations, even though they may need help or they're on the verge of needing a little bit more help, they're a little bit more apprehensive about taking additional career staff because more of that money reverts back to the county. They get to a point where they have to be really careful,” said Armstrong.

Even though a station may refuse the career staff, the county is still willing to help them with monetary issues if there is a need.

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