Fire departments, rescue squad receive funding

Published 9:26 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COURTLAND—Right after voting to pay bills on Monday, the Southampton County Board of Supervisors granted capital funding requests to fire departments and a rescue squad.

Dennis Whitby, chief of the Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department, asked by letter for $14,000 to “make the payment on a loan for improvements made to our building.”

Brian Futrell, chief of the Courtland Volunteer Fire Department wrote in a letter for $14,000, which will be used for apparatus payments.

Melissa Hatfield, president of the board of directors for the Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad, also stated in a letter that the membership requests $42,000.

“These funds will be used to purchase two LifePack 15 cardiac monitors that we have received a Virginia Office of EMS grant,” she wrote. “Additional funds will be used as a down payment on a new ambulance.”

Since fiscal year 2000, capital funding is put aside for each fire department and rescue squad in the county. This is put into an escrow account until needed.

“The money’s there for them,” said Board Chairman Dallas Jones.