Va. county changes volunteer firefighter dispatch policies

The new processes aim to improve safety, incorporating lessons learned from a tragic incident that took the life of a young volunteer firefighter


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CHESTERFIELD, Va. — The way the county's Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responds to calls is changing. Starting March 1, volunteers won't be using red lights in their personal vehicles; tanker trucks will go to calls within the speed limit and without using lights and sirens; and if a volunteer unit isn't staffed, it won't be dispatched.

"Many of the new processes are the result of benchmarking procedures with other successful fire and EMS departments incorporating lessons learned from a tragic incident that took the life of a young volunteer county firefighter, Brad McNeer," Fire and EMS Chief Edward L. Senter Jr. said in a press release about the changes. "We continually look for ways to minimize risks to emergency personnel and the public."

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