Albemarle Fire & Rescue Studies Ways to Help Local Response Times

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The study is the first of its kind in 20 years. The study is the first of its kind in 20 years.

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue is looking at ways to speed up response times in both rural and urban areas across the county.

Over the last two years, a consultant with the fire department has come to do a comprehensive study on what fixed and mobile assets were needed to provide adequate fire and EMS protection for the county. This was the first time in 20 years that a study of this kind was conducted.

The fire department said EMS is one of the services that gets naturally strained due to the growing population of people over the age of 65. Currently, response times in rural areas and development areas are meeting or exceeding expectations.

“But this report also includes all kinds of risks,” said chief of fire & rescue for Albemarle County Dan Eggleston. “Not only EMS but the fire risk, transportation risk, but any risk that has to do with public safety is included in this report and then in the future we will look at how we best allocate those resources to mitigate any emergencies we may have.”

The fire department says it anticipated some of this and included some of the resources in prior budgets, but staff hope this will help drive future budget requests.

Chief Eggleston didn’t expect the board to take any actions on Thursday, but they may come back later to ask them to adopt the standards which will allow them to fill gaps if needed.