Albemarle County Fire Rescue assumes EMS responsibility for Scottsville area

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors says the Albemarle County Department of Fire rescue will now assume responsibility for emergency medical services in the southern portion of the county.

This follows the dissolution of the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, which had been increasingly relying on supplemental staffing from Albemarle to meet minimum requirements over the past several months.

According to a release, this decision recognizes that consistent, reliable and qualified EMS coverage for the Scottsville area and southern Albemarle County is a critical public safety service.

In December, Albemarle County Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston got a letter from the chair of the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad's board asking for help from the county for day-to-day operations and to supplement current volunteers.

Since then, Albemarle County has been fulfilling service requests, initially overnights on Wednesday and Fridays and then all day on Saturdays and Sunday.

The volunteer rescue squad was continuing to struggle with retention, which means Albemarle County has been providing staff for nearly all shifts through a series of volunteer overtime opportunities.

However, relying on this kind of overtime service is not sustainable in the long-term.

The board of supervisors has thanked the members of the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication and service.

Albemarle County members will continue to work with the volunteers to meet the emergency services needs of the community during this transition.

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