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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Funding approved for two fire trucks, future purchases to follow new replacement schedule

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During its Tuesday night business meeting, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors agreed to appropriate funding from the County's Capital Improvement Fund for the purchase of two new fire trucks, to be positioned at Cascade and Mt. Cross Volunteer Fire Departments. Due to budget amendment requirements, the funds are to be released immediately following the Board's July Business Meeting.  

"I wanted to bring it up and ask my fellow colleagues to give a yes up or down vote regarding the Cascade Fire Truck, and with that they were kind enough to include Mt. Cross. And the rest is history," said Tunstall District Supervisor Vic Ingram. "I'm very grateful that we as a board agreed on the need and we were able to supply the need."

Mr. Ingram’s motion also specified that all future apparatus purchases must follow the Fire & Rescue Commission’s apparatus replacement schedule, which will be presented for adoption at its April 27th meeting. This formal replacement schedule will help our volunteer stations and the County make sound, informed purchases with taxpayer and citizen money.  

"The Board of Supervisors created the Fire and Rescue Commission to provide us valuable, informed recommendations on all things fire and ems in our county," said Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman. "This apparatus replacement schedule will ensure that all future purchases are prioritized based upon need and not want."  

The Pittsylvania County Fire and Rescue Commission works with the Public Safety Department to provide recommendations and oversee strategic planning for all fire and emergency medical services provided in Pittsylvania County. This commission consists of four citizens representatives, four fire and rescue representatives, and a representative from the Board of Supervisors. Formed in March of 2020, the commission has already made significant progress on initiatives like universal equipment standards, minimum training standards for chiefs and captains, and a new agency funding formula that is heavily weighted on calls.  

“The Fire and Rescue Commission is thrilled with the work that has already been done to improve operations and collaboration across the many fire and ems agencies in Pittsylvania County, and we look forward to approving a comprehensive apparatus replacement schedule in the near future,” said Bryan Fox, Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Commission. “We believe this will result in more effective and calculated use of taxpayer and community money.”  

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