Fire & Rescue Changes Take Effect in Albemarle

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

Albemarle Rescue Squad stop running daytime calls in Albemarle. Since the switchover at 6 a.m. Monday, one emergency call has come for Albemarle and the chief says everything worked as it should have.
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#62
Feb 7, 2013
 
thinking free wrote:
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Although that was stated as one of the reasons for Pantops, it goes a little deeper than that. If you read their minutes, it is positioned there to allow the County to claim all the area east of the County and to be just at the cusp of heavily populated areas and the two nursing homes nearby (This was before the Feb 2013 split). This also was done with disregard to the "fastest" response time for some of those areas.
After the split, it only makes more sense to leave it as it is.
I might be wrong, but last I knew, the Pantops station was going to be designed as a small station (1E,1MED). With the hospital there, it would seem to me that a fullsize station, like 11 or 12, would be better (2E,1TK,1MED,1CHF,1TA) so that ACFR responds rapidly to MJH or commercial alarms and incidents, like CFD does to UVA and downtown. Responding a truck from 11 or 8 or 12 seems like a long delay when a hospital or high-rise, etc needs one.
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Feb 7, 2013
 
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I am guessing this fell apart about the time they let the Stn 11 MFR website lapse.
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Yeah... careers joining volunteers vs volunteers joining careers. It matters which existed first. It seems like it always has mattered. If the ACFR/ACBOS admin doesn't find a way to work through this, it seems like it always will, at the risk of losing a significant portion of the large pool of loyal volunteers over time.
Who need volunteers when the county don't mind taxing their rich population?

Food for thought--

Here's the last four county calls.
MED8 IDLEWOOD DR
dispatched at 13:06:43
responded at 13:08:09
arrived on scene at 13:12
Great job! This is a great response time and something that CARS could not have done being stationed at the bypass.

MED12 SHOPPERS WORLD CT
dispatched at at 13:08:23
responded at 13:10:13
arrived on scene at 13:16:51
C-ARS' average response time to this area is 5-6minutes.
This worked in the county's favor since MED12 was returning to their quarters and were able to pick up this call on their way.
Had they been coming from their HQ on Airport, the time would've been much longer!

MED8 PEPSI PL
dispatched at 14:35:54
responded at 14:37:32
arrived on scene at 14:40:32
Great job! Again, this is a great response time and something that CARS could not have done being stationed at the bypass.

MED15 LILAC CT
dispatched at 14:41:22
responded at 14:43:10
arrived on scene at 14:54:02
It took them 11 minutes to get there!
Compare this to CARS' response time, it would have been 6-7minutes. That's 4-5minutes less.
In a life-and-death situation, every minute counts and this would've been poor showing by the county.

Whose for an EMS system where all the units in the County/City work together for the better of the public?
Whilst this new system is wonderful with units being able to get to scene faster for areas that CARS longer to get to, the lack of collaboration between the County and City is detrimental to the people of the County with extended or longer response time for second-due, etc.
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Feb 7, 2013
 
long-time resident wrote:
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I might be wrong, but last I knew, the Pantops station was going to be designed as a small station (1E,1MED). With the hospital there, it would seem to me that a fullsize station, like 11 or 12, would be better (2E,1TK,1MED,1CHF,1TA) so that ACFR responds rapidly to MJH or commercial alarms and incidents, like CFD does to UVA and downtown. Responding a truck from 11 or 8 or 12 seems like a long delay when a hospital or high-rise, etc needs one.
I think originally it was just going to ambulance unit at 16 and a fire unit at 15 based on land space but with the City-County in disagreement, it is going to be a full-station at 15 and a small station at 16.
Whilst I don't disagree with the new the need for a bigger at station 16, I doubt it will happen unless the County gets more land either thru annexation or donation like the plot they got for the currently planned 16. You also forgot Station 1 being mutual aid to the County unless that contract is dropped and Station 2 near Glenmore.
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Feb 7, 2013
 
To add to my response check--

The county's latest call (this is a 2nd due, maybe 3rd due)
MED16 BARRACKS RD
dispatched at 15:13:40
responded at 15:15:10
arrived on scene at 15:23
It took the county 8 minutes to get here!
CARS's average response time is 5-6 minutes.
That is a difference of 2-3 minutes.
(sidenote-- They also had to pass by another Rescue building with units available.)

Again, unified system.

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