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Posted on: February 15, 2022

Fire and Rescue Commission Membership Restructured

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The Board of Supervisors voted to restructure the composition of the Pittsylvania County Fire and Rescue Commission during Tuesday night's meeting. In short, the Board voted to increase the total voting membership from 8 to 11 members. Instead of quadrant-focused membership, a fire and rescue representative will be appointed from each of the County's seven election districts. 

"We want every Supervisor to have a voice in appointing someone from their district, and we want to ensure that everyone on the Commission understands the issues and challenges our fire and rescue community are facing," said Vic Ingram, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. "We all believe in the important role that this Commission plays in shaping emergency services in our community." 

The Fire and Rescue Commission was first established in 2019 to work with the Public Safety Department to provide recommendations and oversee strategic planning for all fire and emergency medical services provided in Pittsylvania County. Collectively with the Public Safety Department, the Fire and Rescue Commission serves as a centralized unit responsible to the Board of Supervisors for all fire and EMS issues throughout Pittsylvania County. 

Previously, the Board had four fire and rescue representatives and four citizen representatives from the four quadrants of the County. Under the newly approved structure, there will be a total of 11 voting representatives: 7 fire and rescue representatives, one from each election district of the county, and four citizen representatives from the four quadrants. The fire and rescue representatives are appointed by their corresponding member of the Board of Supervisors. The citizen representatives are appointed by the fire and rescue agencies, whereas before they were also appointed by the Board of Supervisors. A representative from the Board of Supervisors and the President of the Fire and Rescue Association also have non-voting seats. The updated public safety ordinance also stipulates that no County employees can serve on the Commission.

The new members of the Fire and Rescue Commission will be formally appointed during the Board of Supervisors' March meeting. The Commission has not convened in 2022 because of the these proposed changes. 

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