The Fluvanna Rescue Squad
is back in business after several months of operating on a provisional license.
The squad had a successful
review Monday from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. Inspectors
say the rescue squad has really demonstrated its commitment to the health,
safety and wellness of the people who live in Fluvanna County.
The squad passed its
administrative re-inspection with flying colors. Inspectors say all of the
records they found deficient during the first inspection are now complete and
thorough and that many of the records are actually better than those of other
squads in the commonwealth.
"The folks that we met today
were absolutely wonderful. They greeted us with open arms. The inspection was
impeccable," said Heather Phillips, an EMS program representative supervisor. "They
did gain a two-year license and we went so far as to commend them for the
effort that they've obviously put forward and demonstrated to gain compliance
with the regulations."
Inspectors say the Fluvanna
Rescue Squad has demonstrated a high level of effort to stay in compliance with
Representatives from the
state organization say they want to see volunteer organizations like this
survive at all costs, so they were pleased with the squad's successful
Fluvanna County Press Release
Fluvanna County Rescue Squad passed their Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) re-inspection today and earned a full two-year license to operate as a rescue squad in Virginia. The State inspectors complimented the Squad members on the administrative corrections and the updated procedures they have put in place since the May 6th initial inspection.
"The volunteer squad members are to be commended for the efforts they showed today. They made tremendous progress to put necessary policies in place," reported Nancy Burrows, Program Representative at Virginia OEMS. "Our goal is to guide compliance with the regulations so that communities are best served."
"That is the positive and hoped for result for the organization and for Fluvanna County. I am grateful for the recent strong efforts to get Fluvanna Rescue back on track, and for the hard work of Captain Davis, the Fluvanna Rescue Board, and all the dedicated volunteers who serve in the organization," said Steve Nichols, County Administrator for Fluvanna County.
The County will carry on with collaborative efforts to improve Fluvanna Rescue's communication with the County, 911 Center, and with the other agencies, to strengthen their organizational leadership and management, to support their recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers, and to improve Fluvanna Rescue's overall operational coverage and performance. County staff will continue to work through the Fluvanna Fire & Rescue Association and with the leadership of Fluvanna Rescue to achieve these important outcomes.
EMS agencies are inspected every two years for compliance for administrative requirements of Virginia regulations. Because there were some deficiencies found during the May 2013 inspection, OEMS issued Fluvanna Rescue a provisional license with correction orders, with a July 31st deadline to come into compliance. The operational issues found with the ambulances at the May 6th inspection were corrected, the vehicles re-inspected and placed back into service on May 22nd.
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