Flint Hill fire company ambulance back in service
Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Company Chief David Jarrell updated the Board of Supervisors on Monday about progress made by the troubled company a er a new Board of Directors was appointed in January.
Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance 1404 is back in service through a cooperative arrangement with the Rappahannock County Fire and Rescue Department. The ambulance was last in service in March of 2022 and has since been “mothballed in the station” according to a Friday press release from county administration.
The volunteer company and county re and rescue department worked
closely to license A1404 under the county’s state EMS agency license. The Board of Supervisors authorized the arrangement through a unanimous vote at their February meeting, along with allowing the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Company to temporarily operate under the county’s EMS license until the company can operate independently.
Jarrell said they have completed inspections and inventory of the vehicle and are currently reviewing qualifications for potential ambulance drivers.
Residents will now see ambulances responding to EMS 9-1-1 dispatch calls out of the Flint Hill company for the rst time in almost a year. County Administrator Garrey Curry said this process was o ered to the former leadership over many months, but was turned down multiple times until “the eleventh hour.”
Wakefield Supervisor and Chair Debbie Donehey said in a statement “I am very appreciative of the recently appointed Chief and other members of the Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to furthering citizen safety. Congratulations on successfully taking the necessary actions to place A1404 back in service in a little over 30 days! It's beautiful to witness what can be accomplished when people work together.”
Jarrell said that since last month, the number of volunteer applications has increased from 26 to 31, a drastic shi for a company that previously struggled to recruit volunteers.