By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
Fluvanna County will start with a new contract ambulance service this upcoming year.
Delta Response Team (DRT), headquartered in Appomattox, was selected after a Request for Proposal (RFP) process was completed by the county. It will cost the county $438,000 for 24-hour services. The county budget $600,000 for FY19.
“We are not here to make a career service,” said Susan Walton, president of DRT.
DRT started in Appomattox as a way to compliment a dwindling volunteer force that county had. Over time and with DRT’s help, Appomattox has increased volunteers to help hold the line on adding additional career services.
Fluvanna is currently paying for one career service ambulance 24 hours a day to run out of the Palmyra Rescue Squad Station through a contract with UVA. Volunteers will continue to run out of the other stations.
The county has the option of adding additional services to the DRT contract on an as needed basis including additional crew, use of a DRT ambulance, billing review and consulting services.
DRT will help the county with volunteer efforts including allowing volunteers to train with DRT staff.
“We would love the volunteers to get on the truck to run with us,” said Walton who continues to volunteer in Appomattox.
“The more [volunteers] train and run with us, the better for the community,” Walton said.
The staff DRT will run for 24 hours with a 48-hour off period following. Fluvanna can request an additional crew with as little as 12-hour notice. This could be helpful in times of large events.
While DRT will operate under the Fluvanna Rescue license including using the FRS vehicle, DRT can provide an ambulance if something happens to the Fluvanna vehicle. That vehicle will be under the DRT license.
The Buckingham County Volunteer Rescue Squad (BCVRS) president sent a letter of recommendation. DRT started providing similar service to Buckingham for over 18 months. BCVRS found dropped calls decreased with DRT.
Three other companies submitted to the RFP including Emergency Services Solutions, American Medical Response and incumbent UVA.
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