NVFD Seeks to Restore Gainesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Program

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments | News

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Nokesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is actively trying to re-establish a volunteer first responder presence in the Gainesville District.

“NVFD, with the support of the members of the Gainesville District community, would like to utilize its experience and re-establish a volunteer program,” NVFD representative Chip Kolesar said.

Kolesar said that since the Gainesville District Volunteer Fire Department was dissolved in 2009; 610 calls were responded to in the Gainesville District from the Bristow station in 2012.

“Having a Basic Life Support Ambulance located in the Gainesville station cuts down on the response time when service is needed. Secondly, staffing an additional piece of equipment with certified first responders who are experienced volunteers saves county tax payers approximately $1.3 million a year,” he said.

NVFD hopes to use its experience to re-establish the volunteer program for the Gainesville District, which would run in conjunction with Prince William County Fire and Rescue.

To facilitate communication about the initiative and provide a venue for residents to voice their opinions, the department has established a Facebook page and is also reaching out to Gainesville communities.

“[We have been providing updates about the stations through] community and HOA meetings, educating residents for emergency preparedness and fire and rescue experiences and activities. They will continue throughout the year,” he said. “Future meeting dates will be posted.”

Kolesar asks residents to forward questions or comments to ckolesar@nvfdrs.org.

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