Maintain Career Staffing at Stony Point Fire Department

Maintain Career Staffing at Stony Point Fire Department

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Amber Capron started this petition to Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

As part of Albemarle County's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, Albemarle County Fire Rescue proposes to reallocate weekday, daytime fire/rescue staff from Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company and East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department and Pantops Public Safety Station. This proposal raises a number of issues and concerns for the residents of north-eastern Albemarle County. You are asking us to give up the safety of our children, families, and homes.

Response time will increase tremendously. The Stony Point Fire Department can respond to Stony Point Elementary School with advanced life support in 2 minutes. Under this proposal, it would take at least 20 minutes for fire or rescue to respond from Pantops or another station. This is unacceptable for our children and our community. Residents further north face unknown response times.

Homeowners in the Stony Point Fire Department's response area face a potential loss of coverage of homeowners’ insurance. This will affect property values and, in some cases, make it impossible to sell our homes. This has not been addressed by the county.

Albemarle County has never removed all paid staff from a fire station before, nor has it eliminated all services from a fire station during school hours. Eliminating 60 hours a week of coverage time is a deadly experiment. We are not your research subjects.

We may have a lower call volume that other parts of the county, but much of the value of a fire department to the individual is in its existence, not in its use. The county is punishing Stony Point for being responsible. It’s like canceling your auto insurance because you don’t get into a lot of car crashes. For most of us, the value of the fire department has not ever been responding to our homes, it’s that they can respond if we ever needed it. We’re asking that you maintain the services that you determined were appropriate for our community 20 years ago. We need them more now, not less.

Please do not vote to defund the Stony Point Fire Department.

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