Service stopping EMS transports
PITTSYLVANIA CO., Va. (WSET) - A call for help is left unanswered.
The Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service's message is clear. They're in need of volunteers and it's because of a lack of help that part of the service is shutting down.
The service announced Friday that they will no longer be providing EMS transports.
The board president told ABC 13 that they will continue to fight fires and tend to patients. However, they cannot transport people.
One primary reason is lack of volunteers, which they believe is an issue everywhere.
There are 20 total volunteers, but only three EMTs, which are necessary.
In their announcement, the service said the difficult decision was not only due to the lack of volunteers, but also in their inability to sufficiently cover EMS calls in the community.
In the end, they didn't believe it was fair to the approximately 1,500 residents they serve.
According to officials, two other agencies will try to cover the area for the residents.
It may take them longer to get there, but the service is hopeful that it saves time all together because there should only have to be one service called for help--not going down a list of available volunteers.
The board president wanted to emphasize that their first responder services are still stable and they just want what is best for the community.