Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Member Speaks Out after Dissolution
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - One of the founders of the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad is speaking up about the announcement that it is being dissolved.
Albemarle County Fire-Rescue has officially taken over services as of Wednesday, April 17, but he worries this could mean the difference between life and death depending on response times.
Ed Payne helped found the all-volunteer squad back in 1947.
He met with county leaders on Friday, April 19, to discuss his concerns about how this decision was reached and what will happen next.
On Wednesday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to dissolve the rescue squad after months of it being understaffed.
Details regarding the takeover are still being worked out, but Albemarle County Fire-Rescue is now officially taking over all emergency operations that service southern Albemarle.
Payne says he has spoken with supervisors about keeping staff at the Scottsville station.
He and others in Scottsville who did not want to speak on camera say they have concerns about response times if all emergency care has to come from further away.
“If calls - emergency calls - have to be answered from the Charlottesville area, Mill Creek Station 8070, just getting to Scottsville is a 30-minute drive and getting back to the hospital is another 30 minutes,” Payne said. “Then you have to treat the patient on-scene. So we have the greatest, longest response time I believe of any other facility that’s manned by Albemarle County Fire and Rescue.”
Payne also says he does not agree with the way the decision was made, which was done during a closed session.
Payne says that making such a decision in a closed session means that he and other members of the public did not have a chance to voice opinions or give feedback.
He adds that not everyone has seen the news and people are just learning about the dissolution.