Volunteer Fire and Rescue gets medical transportation license revoked

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Once a volunteer "transporting" rescue squad is now a "first responders volunteer" rescue squad after the Augusta County Operational medical director revoked their license.

"The loss of that license means they can't transport patients," said Tracy Pyles, the chairman of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors.

Pyles said because the volunteers were not on enough transport calls within the last year, the license was revoked.

But this doesn't keep those volunteers from working in other ways.

"The only difference that community may see is that on the side of the units, they will say Augusta County, as well as Deerfield," said Pyles.

The county plans on taking over, as far as payments go, so the community itself doesn't have to pay.

"We will pay for all the cost in keeping those vehicles up," said Pyles. "That will no longer be the responsibility of the community and when these people of equipment give out, they will be replaced by Augusta County."

Pyles said the county owes Deerfield for all they have done.

"They have one of the best stations, best equipped stations in the county. They've done a heck of a job. We're not changing anything," said Pyles. "All we want to do is help our volunteers stay in business."

The volunteers may still respond to calls, but only the career workers who get paid may be allowed to transport patients.