ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Western Albemarle Rescue Squad (WARS) is responding to more calls as Crozet's population grows.

The all-volunteer squad says it is on track to see a 20% increase in call volume this year compared to 2018. That works out to about a total of 2,000 calls by the end of 2019.

“Crozet is a designated growth area, and in the designated growth area we're looking to have response times that are better than in the rural County of Albemarle,” WARS Chief Kostas Alberitis said. “So we'd like to have our trucks out of the station within two minutes. We'd like to get them to the call within six minutes, and that's really difficult to do when if you don't staff the station.”

Responders now average about six call a day, and have since increased the number of volunteers to keep up with the areas growth.

The chief added that they are hoping to expand the station, or look into a new location, as well as add another ambulance to the fleet.

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