Needs understanding

Blacksburg, VA

#1 Mar 15, 2011
I just moved to the area and am using a I phone app from home. It lets you listen to the radio traffic of the local fire department. I heard the call for a commercial fire alarm last night. The unit responding had only one person on it. Why is that? Should there not be like three or four people on it? Can someone please explain the way the fire department works in my new home?
PG Volly

Lynchburg, VA

#2 Mar 16, 2011
You must be Talking about Prince George County. All of the County's Fire Departments are 100% Volunteer. Meaning "limited" available personel to respond to calls. Also the call you are refering to was probably at Ace Hardware warehouse. This building is one that the FD goes to about 4-7 times a week usually after 10pm. Being as Ace wont do anything and the county wont do anything these Volunteers have to get up in the middle of the night and go out there and check it out. the reason there was only 1 person on the firetruck was prolly the members of that dept. are tired of going out there.
The Volunteers are dedicated to the community, its just there are fewer and fewer these days to help out. We are always looking for new members.

And being as you said "Commercial Fire Alarm" and you have that App for your phone sounds like you have some background in a FD. So if you want come down and help us out.
PG Volly

Lynchburg, VA

#3 Mar 16, 2011
We have 6 Fire Stations throughout the county. Im sure one is close to you. With us being Volunteer, we do not staff the station like larger departments do. So we rely on our members to leave their families, Beds, and jobs to respond to fire calls.Please let me know if I can answer any more of your questions.

PG Volly
Needs understanding

Blacksburg, VA

#4 Mar 16, 2011
I do not have a lott of fire department back ground. My family has volunteered and being paid as firefighters before. I would love to help but because i'm confined to a wheelchair i dont think i could be much of a help. My faimly got the app for my phone so i could listen back home and i figured i would listen to my new home too. I do understand as volunteers how hard it is to leave famlies, jobs, and other requirements to give your time. I thank you for that. I only worry though because as you said if you go to something so often and nothing is there people get tired of going. I have found that if you start to let your responsiblities go because nothing happens all the other time you will not be ready for the time when something does happen. Its the same reason why im in the wheelchair. No roadside bombs when off all the other times we went down the road in Iraq, so i figured why be on the look out nothing ever happens. Well i learned my leson cause one day something happen. A bomb when off blowing my legs off. Just remember that everytime you say nothing could be happen, you could be wrong
Getting Old

Blacksburg, VA

#5 Mar 17, 2011
Could you tell me who will come to my house if I'm having a medical emergency pg volly? I like to know who I let in my home.
Citizen

United States

#6 Mar 17, 2011
That could be a number of different people. Paid EMS from PG, Volunteers from the rescue squad, Volunteers from the FD, or even Ft.lee, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, etc.
Getting Old

Blacksburg, VA

#7 Mar 17, 2011
There is paid ems in prince george? When did this happen?
citison

United States

#8 Mar 17, 2011
Yes for about 8 years now. there are 2 Paid EMS providers on duty 24 hours a day (just about).they staff 1 ambulance and generally the volunteers will hve a second ambulance staffed about 50% of the time. then there is a Director and a Deputy Director.
Getting Old

Blacksburg, VA

#9 Mar 17, 2011
You are right about there being paid ems providers. I am still confused by one thing though. On the county website they talk about the paid ems providers as firemedics. What does that mean? Are they firefighters and medic? If so then why did someone state all firefighting is volunteer? What happens the other 50% of the time when there is not a second ambulance? How long will it take for an ambulance to get to me in my time of need?
cyticon

United States

#10 Mar 17, 2011
Yes they are "firemedics". They are called that so they can get Benifits that "public safety" persons recieve. " Firefighters, Police officer" They dont respond to Fire calls as Firefighters. The true Firefighters in PG are all Volunteers. the other 50% of the time you may have members responding from their home to go get an ambulance. Or you could be waiting for Mutual Aid from surrounding jurisdictions. Point being it could be a 10 plus minutes before recieving assistance.
By all means you should contact you Board of Supervisor and state your concerns with them.
Getting Old

Blacksburg, VA

#11 Mar 20, 2011
So are you saying they are not trained as firefighter and just recieve the title for money or that they are trained as firefighters and just not used for firefighting?
Cyticon

United States

#12 Mar 21, 2011
They are Trained. They've taken a class to get a certification. But their jobs are as EMS providers and do not respond as Firefighters. They have that title to get paid more and get benifits. EMS alone doesn't get paid well, so they call them firefighters. Which the volunteers get thought of as the career providers by citizens a lot.
Getting Old

Blacksburg, VA

#13 Mar 21, 2011
Then why not use them as firefighters when needed if they are trained? Where did they get their training? You sound as if you do not trust their training but know they have it. Have you ever thought of talking with these paid providers and see what kind of training and experince they have?
Cyticon

United States

#14 Mar 21, 2011
I'm not doubting their training its just they haven't trained with the volunteers. And that's a big issue with some of them. The hierarchy of the county doesn't want them to run fire calls and gets all bent out of shape if they do anything on fire calls or ride a firetruck. They say that their job is EMS and that's it. Which is a slap to the face to the volunteers because they are call "firefighters". But can't do their job title an description.
PG Volly

Lynchburg, VA

#15 Mar 22, 2011
yea that pretty much explains it right there. There are some good people that work for PG, but unfortunatly we cannot use their talents.
unknown

Lanham, MD

#16 Apr 17, 2011
Needs understanding wrote:
I just moved to the area and am using a I phone app from home. It lets you listen to the radio traffic of the local fire department. I heard the call for a commercial fire alarm last night. The unit responding had only one person on it. Why is that? Should there not be like three or four people on it? Can someone please explain the way the fire department works in my new home?
. Prince George County fire dept. Consists of volunteers. Some respond in personal vehicles
Getting Old

United States

#17 Apr 23, 2011
So is every department Prince George Fire Dept. How come there is Carson Vol. Fire Dept., and Jefferson park, Disputana, etc. It says on the website Prince George Fire & EMS.

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