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Full-time rescue service being provided from Urbanna squad building

County officials praise new CMVRS leader

by Larry Chowning

The Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad (CMVRS) in Urbanna is under the leadership of a new president, Ben Langford, who issued a message of hope at the April 4 Middlesex County Board of Supervisors meeting in Saluda.

Langford told supervisors the CMVRS was under a “new leadership team” as of March 10 and the squad had provided Middlesex County Attorney Heather Lewis and Middlesex Chief of Emergency Services Mark Nugent with its articles of corporation and monthly scheduling reports.

Langford said the CMVRS has agreed to house county-hired EMTs and equipment in its squad house in Urbanna, and is willing to work with the county on sharing fee services.

In February, Nugent and county officials started beefing up emergency service coverage in the middle and western ends of the county because of “major gaps” in emergency services coverage in those areas. At that time supervisors appropriated funds to hire EMTs that were stationed at the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) building in Urbanna to assure 24-hour, 7-day-a-week rescue squad coverage. The county was using vehicles and equipment provided by the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS) in Deltaville.

At the April 4 meeting, Nugent said, “We are now going to be able to send all of Deltaville’s equipment back and will work right out of the Urbanna rescue squad building with only Urbanna equipment. Since Ben took over, we have had great cooperation.”

Part-time county-hired EMTs are now working from the CMVRS building. Beginning July 1, full-time county paid EMTs will be working from the building. The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors approved $500,000 in the 2017-18 budget to fund the full-time crew.

Nugent said, “We are in a wait-and-see situation to determine whether CMVRS can build its volunteer base back enough to provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service. Until then we are going to make sure there is service.”

County administrator Matt Walker said, “I’d like to state publicly that the new leadership in the (CMVRS) squad has been great to work with, and I commend Mr. Langford for his efforts.”

As it has in the past, the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad of Deltaville will continue to cover the eastern half of the county without county-paid EMTs.

posted 04.19.2017

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