Town's Rescue Squad Hoping For County's Help

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

CRAIGSVILLE, Va. -- At a meeting last week, the town of Craigsville's Rescue Squad voted to put in a request to join in with the Augusta County Fire and Rescue Inc.

With few volunteers, it's something they feel they need to do.

The operation is divided into 3 shifts, with 2 staff members working per shift.

With one volunteer president, it is having a hard time keeping up .

"The rescue squad had asked the county to go ahead and take the squad over as far as running the finances and running the operation here," said Richard Fox, the Mayor of the town of Craigsville.

"Seizures, drug overdoses, lots of cardiac. Mostly cardiac," said the President of the rescue squad Jodi Fitzgerald, as she described the emergencies her team responds to.

She says those duties plus administrative tasks makes it difficult.

"There's a lot of paper work to be done, state rules and regulations are getting tighter," said Jodi Fitzgerald.

Adding to the hardship for the rescue squad, it is seeing a decrease in volunteers.

"Due to the fact of there are so many requirements through EMS," said Fox.

If the Augusta County Fire and Rescue Inc. does step in to help, some things will remain the same.

"Volunteers will still be running calls along with first responders from the fire department along with two paid personnel," said Fox.

The rescue squad on average responds to 50 calls per month.

According to Fitzgerald, a response from Augusta County could take up to 90 days. We reached out to the Augusta County administrator, he said nothing has been decided. Right now it is just a request.

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