Looks now that the Churchville Fire department is need of a full time paid fire staff after a recent fire and poor response time from the volunteer staff that was on duty. The BOS was presented with a 400+ petition calling for the staff and it will be interesting to see how the Supervisors respond. Will the community come together to provide the coverage or will they rely on the government to step in and provide 24\7 paid coverage and at what cost? The County ended up providing the paid staff at the Fishersville site after the local community was worked up into a frenzy by few who had a increase to their insurance and demanded such coverage but yet to see the real cost down the road. Will the BOS now provide the same coverage to Churchville and how will it be paid for and by who?
The Newsleader provided this in todays paper:
"Even without them, the money the county would have to spend to staff firefighters there would be a waste since volunteers already provide enough night and weekend coverage, she said. The department has been organizing shifts for volunteer officers and drivers to be available at all times during the week, which, McComas said, was an example of the changes under way over concerns about fire responses. “We are working toward changing some things internally that would help alleviate situations like (the Johnson fire) in the future,” she said"
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