From Charlottesville to Roanoke, career fire fighters are being supported by local government funding with fair and just compensation, and increased staffing and resources. In Lynchburg, our responders are forced to work marathon overtime shifts as a stop-gap measure for failed strategic planning.
Check out the articles to see how differently Lynchburg officials treat our community heroes.
LOCAL 1146 LAUNCHES PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN FOR FY2020 BUDGET PROCESS
April 1, 2019
ROANOKE FIRE EMS ADDS AMBULANCE TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND
June 9, 2018
In March, Wormser directed battalion chiefs to mandate overtime hours to ensure fire stations remain fully staffed. Before the spring directive, battalion chiefs had been forced to sideline fire engines due to a lack of available firefighters. Mandatory overtime assignments require firefighters to work 48-hour shifts about once every two months, Wormser said.
Wormser, who was promoted to fire chief in February, said he hopes to develop a plan with city management to retain and hire firefighters. In the meantime, he said the department’s staff of 171 firefighters will continue to take on the challenges the shortage poses. “Our folks are here and work for the fire department because they care about this community and they care about public safety,” Wormser said.
“They want to put themselves in harm’s way and use their talents everyday to ensure that our community is taken care of.”
December 30, 2018
Deputy Fire Chief John Oprandy said the fire rescue department is hoping to attract more firefighters and EMTs to the county.
“We’re looking for more experienced people, but also we’re really hoping to be able to explain it to some folks that are here in the community that maybe have never thought of fire-rescue as a career for them,” he said.
“Anytime you can put together an equitable and predictable pay scale, that should help us in being able to explain the opportunity to somebody who maybe doesn’t know anything about fire-rescue.”
August 26, 2018
"Currently, Lynchburg Fire Department (LFD) operates apparatus that are not staffed to provide for effective, efficient, and safe emergency operations required by industry standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules and regulations."
"The provision of fire protection and EMS response are essential services that governments must provide. However, in order for these services to be effective and efficient, they must be staffed and positioned appropriately to address emergencies in an equitable manner, as they occur. LFD’s current staffing design is inconsistent with industry standards for response to fire and EMS incidents."
ALBEMARLE PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES TO SEE RAISES
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETES GIS RESPONSE ANALYSIS FOR LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Lynchburg Fire Fighter's Association is embarking on a public awareness campaign to generate support during the Fiscal Year 2020 City of Lynchburg Municipal Budget Process.
FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO WORK MARATHON OVERTIME SHIFTS AS STAFF SHORTAGE CONTINUES
January 2, 2019
“The City of Roanoke is committed to serving our citizens, residents and visitors with timely and professional emergency medical care. Roanoke Fire - EMS answers over 24,000 EMS calls each year, resulting in a decline of performance indicators related to EMS delivery. This decline drove the need for additional resources that were placed in service today, ” says Chief David Hoback