Fluvanna Rescue on Thin Ice with State Inspectors

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

July 26, 2013

A previous version of this story included video of the Kents Store Volunteer Fire Company. That organization is not involved in the investigation. We apologize for the error.

July 25, 2013

The Fluvanna County Rescue Squad could be forced to shut down, if it fails another state inspection.

The squad failed an inspection in May, which claimed it had dirty equipment.

"When you hear stories like that, the cleanliness of the building, the condition of some of the equipment. That's just not acceptable," said Shaun Kenney, the chairman of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.

Kenney says he has personally witnessed uncleanliness at the rescue squad station in Palmyra.

"There was actually a public meeting there between staff and the rescue department," Kenney said. "There were spiders all over the place. It was like nobody had been in there in six months."

Monday, July 29, state inspectors will be back at that building, and at the Kents Store rescue station, to see if the squad has made the required improvements.

"They are already on a probationary period and the Commonwealth of Virginia could very well yank their probation," Kenney said. "That would actually force the county to make other options."

Kenney says, other groups would have to fill in the gaps, including Lake Monticello Rescue Squad. County Administrator Steve Nichols declined to comment on the situation until after the inspection takes place, but he did confirm that the county would reach out to Lake Monticello Rescue Squad if needed.

"Lake Monticello is a very professionalized organization," Kenney said. "They've been there for a number of years."

Under the current schedule, Lake Monticello covers emergency calls during the day, and Fluvanna Rescue covers the night.

Inspectors are also examining claims that Fluvanna Rescue has missed several calls in recent months, when they were supposed to be on duty.

"There was an event on July the 4th where Kents Store rescue was supposed to be covering the county," Kenney said. "They were at a parade in Scottsville. We missed four calls that day. That's not acceptable.

Leaders of the Fluvanna Rescue Squad did not return calls for comment.

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