Fire staff positions, lowering ISOs among items discussed at New Kent Supervisors work session

By Amy Jo Martin, amartin@tidewaterreview.com

12:34 PM EDT, September 24, 2013


NEW KENT – The New Kent County Fire Department Station 4 might be getting more firefighters.

Additional staff for Station 4 is one of several requests that the New Kent County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing Wednesday morning, starting at 9 a.m.

Fire Chief Rick Opett is requesting to hire two additional firefighter/EMT/Medics to staff Station 4 with a work schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by transferring $83,872.32 from part-time to full-time salaries.

In his request, Opett stressed that he has had trouble filling five-day, 12-hour plan part-time positions at Station 4, causing the station to “not be staffed consistently or [have] an accurate accountability for the equipment housed at this station.”

According to Opett, the two full-time positions would provide consistent staffing Monday-Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and allow firefighters to be in Station 4 during the busiest call volume, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. It would also allow for daily operational station and equipment check offs to ensure “ready” status on all equipment, creating accountability.

The Supervisors are set to review the Fire Department’s request around 9:45 a.m.

During the work session, the Supervisors will also be reviewing:

•An update on the Route 249 waterline project, which would connect Kenwood/Greenwood/Deerlake & Quinton Estates’ water systems to the more modern Farms of New Kent water system.

•A resolution in support of an ambulance permit for Allied Specialty Transport, Inc., a company with an office in New Kent County.

•A request to create an Insurance Services Office (ISO) committee, which would allow the county to determine if it can reduce its ISO rating.

•A Virginia Local Disability Program opt-out, which would allow the county to look for a program with a lower rate.

•The County’s bear hunting season ordinance, which currently allows muzzle loading with deer, not bears.

•The Agricultural and Forestral District

•A request from Woodhaven Shores for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for its dam repair project.

The Board of Supervisors will hold their work session in the County Administration board room.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.