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Volunteers in Fluvanna County began receiving assistance in handling emergency calls on Monday, Oct. 21., according to a Fluvanna County press release.
A new contract crew from the University of Virginia Health System’s Medical Transport Network will augment volunteer crews by assisting with emergency 9-1-1 medical calls in the County, seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We look forward to having the crew providing service to the citizens of our county,” said James Davis, Fluvanna rescue captain. “We are in the process of making introductions, working through procedures, and generally helping our teams work together.”
The contract crew of medics and advanced emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will provide additional services and allow for improved response times. The advanced life support training of the UVA crew members will also allow rescue volunteers to gain valuable training to enhance their own EMS levels and certifications.
“Since the majority of our volunteer medics work during the day, having paid crews allows opportunity for our daytime providers to work alongside medic level personnel on a regular basis” said Ashley Roberts, Lake Monticello rescue chief. “Most importantly, having another crew available during the day in the county should help us provide faster patient care to the community.”
Many rescue associations across the country have struggled with maintaining enough volunteers to provide a consistent level of response. Consistent quality emergency medical assistance for 9-1-1 calls is a priority for Fluvanna residents. This priority led the county to contract with U.Va. to provide a crew to supplement the efforts of existing EMS volunteers. The cost of the new crew is covered by Fluvanna County through budget appropriations.