By. John Haksch, Louisa Field Officer
Louisa County has had a long-standing mutual aid agreement covering the provision of emergency medical services with Fluvanna County. In the past five years, Louisa County rescue squad personnel have responded from the Zion Crossroads station to assist Fluvanna County residents – to calls as far away as Palmyra and Fork Union – an average of 10 times each month. In all that time, Fluvanna has failed to respond to Louisa County even once.
This is not surprising, since the county has repeatedly refused to form or fund any rescue squads beyond the single squad serving Lake Monticello – a squad that only responds to other areas of Fluvanna County with reluctance.
The matter came to a head after several years of discussion between the counties at the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting, at which Richard Havasy (Green Springs) moved to rescind the agreement, giving the Fluvanna administration 30 days’ notice before the action takes effect. The supervisors discussed that the ‘mutual aid’ agreement suggested that the aid provided was mutual and that this is not the case and has not been for 5 years. One supervisor questioned if Fluvanna residents were not willing to pay for adequate EMS service, why should Louisa citizens carry this cost? The motion was approved on a 6-0 vote after some discussion.
Mr. Havasy’s stated that although the fiscal strain is a factor, it is more of a concern to his constituents that while their one ambulance is off assisting in Fluvanna (usually a 4 to 6 hour commitment) there is no EMS service available in the burgeoning growth area that the squad was formed to serve. According to Louisa County Administrator Robert Dubé, Louisa County is willing to revisit the issue if and when Fluvanna County expresses a willingness to bring something substantial to the table.
John Haksch is the Louisa County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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