Surry County, Virginia – The Surry County Rescue Squad will be ceasing operations due to an “extreme” shortage of staff.
According to a press release from county officials, the squad will be officially terminated on April 9th due to a lack of volunteers.
Surry County officials stated that they have been relying on aid from surrounding counties such as Ala White and Sussex to answer nearly 20 percent of Surrey’s call volume.
However, the shortage of staff has become too severe, leading to the decision to shut down operations.
The news has come as a shock to many residents in the area who have depended on the Surry County Rescue Squad for emergency services.
The county has not yet announced any plans for a replacement squad.
As of now, Surry County officials are urging citizens to call 911 in case of an emergency and to expect a longer response time due to the closure of the rescue squad.
Residents are also being advised to consider volunteering for emergency services in their community to prevent such a crisis from happening in the future.
The news of the Surry County Rescue Squad’s closure is a reminder of the importance of volunteerism in our communities.
Without dedicated volunteers, emergency services can struggle to keep up with the demands of their communities, leading to potentially dangerous situations.