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Fluvanna Board Ready to Step in If Rescue Squad Fails Inspection

Posted: Updated: 7/26/2013 5:49:09 PM

The Fluvanna Rescue Squad is one failed inspection away from closing its doors. It's a problem not new to the small volunteer rescue service.

Shaun Kenney, the chairman of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, says that the rescue squad has not only been deficient for years, like not responding to calls, but it is allegedly responsible for at least one emergency - a fire. Kenney says the county is prepared to step in if needed.

Monday the state will inspect Fluvanna Rescue Squad, after having put it on probation in May. The rescue squad is being audited for deficiencies that include not responding to calls and not cleaning rescue gear.

Kenney says Fluvanna Rescue Squad Chief James Davis assured the county the squad will pass, but the county is prepared just in case. He says they are prepared to add services through the University of Virginia and the Fluvanna Fire Department.

Kenney says the county has reason for the backup plan, citing a number of "irregularities" including the rescue chief living in the squad building and allegedly causing trash to burn on site. Kenney says the issues are longstanding but the state audit is forcing them to light.

"Should the commonwealth apply a remedy that, you know, you haven't passed, we are not giving you certification, [then] we would probably kill the lights, take our equipment, bring them home and put them across the street at the fire station." Kenney stated.

Kenney said the burning trash at the rescue station resulted in a brush fire that required the fire department to extinguish.

The county does not own the squad building so it is waiting for the state to make a decision before figuring out whether to step in.

Davis did not return calls from NBC29. Rescue squad members we did reach pointed us to Davis and said they were unable to reach him as well.

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