Albemarle Co. Judge Grants Temporary Injunction in Rescue Squad Suit
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County has been granted temporary possession and use of assets at the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS).
Judge Cheryl Higgins issued the order while she considers the county's request for a temporary injunction. During this period, the county is granted exclusive, temporary possession and use of property at the rescue squad.
Additionally, during this the time the SVRS Board of Directors and people assisting the board "may periodically meet on the property and have use of the parking lot during such meetings."
Last month, the county filed a temporary injunction to prevent the rescue squad from giving away all its assets before it takes over. This comes after the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to dissolve the squad due to difficulties retaining volunteers.
Albemarle County Fire Rescue (ACFR) says the injunction will not have an impact on service, and that it is working cooperatively with SVRS.
"We continue to staff advance life support ambulance there, primarily through transfer staff and voluntary overtime,” said ACFR Deputy Chief David Puckett. “In October, we'll transition to full-time staff down there once they graduate from the paramedics schools that's currently going on."
ACFR says it currently provides an ambulance Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"In October we'll have guaranteed staff there 24/7, including two personnel on advance life support ambulance," Puckett said.
The deputy chief says this will be the permanent solution for Scottsville. A total of around nine people are expected to staff the station in October.
Judge Higgins is also requiring Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad provide a full accounting of its assets to the court within 60 days.