In July of 2019 Prince William County FRS leadership, despite objection from county volunteers, placed 24/7 career staffing on engines at traditionally volunteer-staffed stations.
This move reduced the amount of available EMS units during career hours (the most necessary unit type) and led to duplicative staffing of several units in the county.
The result of this change is thousands of hours per year that career personnel are assigned to staff units that are already staffed by volunteers.
56-HR WORK WEEK
Inappropriate allocation of resources based on service demand.
There is no service-based justification for Prince William County to be spending more per resident than Loudoun & Fairfax counties to provide Emergency Services.
PWC F&R budget has grown by 132% in the past 7 years. With an increase of 18.6% in service demand, we want to know why FRS leadership needs an additional $330M in funding to operate over five years.
The additional budget requested by FRS leadership not necessary to continue quality emergency service delivery to county residents and visitors.
PWC outspends all northern VA departments in cost per resident by over 100%.
The only reportable volunteer metric in the annual budget request is the number of "active" volunteers. This number has been grossly misrepresented in past years leading to a perception that volunteerism isn't declining within the county.
We want the PWC Board of County Supervisors to hold the Chief Executive and FRS leadership accountable for annual volunteer hours and other volunteer metrics.
FRS leadership isn't held accountable by the County Executive for Volunteer Metrics.
FRS leadership is not held accountable for establishing and maintaining effective support for volunteerism within the county.
Volunteers actively save the county tens of millions of taxpayer dollars every year. With national emergency services volunteerism in decline, Prince William County has an opportunity to maintain and expand its existing volunteer force.
If PWC spends 10% of what is saves by having volunteers in the system, we'd be an international gold standard for a combination system.
A GOLD STANDARD
Volunteerism in the county is declining. We want the Board to act. Now.
The CXO and FRS leadership appeased support concerns by hiring a full-time volunteer recruitment and retention position to support volunteer organizations in the county. The hire has reported to FRS leadership since she began two years ago and hasn't been responsible for a single volunteer being recruited.
The position is actively working outside of volunteer recruitment personnel and is not accountable for performance.
Current recruitment and retention efforts and funding within the county are grossly inadequate.