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First Day of Reduced Fire Services in Onley

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Onley Fire Rescue (Photo: WBOC) Onley Fire Rescue (Photo: WBOC)

ONLEY, Va.- Monday was the beginning of reduced fire and emergency service hours in Onley, Va.  The fire department in the small Accomack County town was forced to cut back hours because of a tough financial situation and the need for more volunteers.

Onley Fire Rescue made the announcement on its Facebook page last week.

"Last week our fire chief met with the mayor and at that time he reported that the council discussed the proposal that OFR submitted requesting assistance from the town and that the town was not in a position to provide any assistance. We thank them for taking time to consider our request.

"Beginning Aug. 1, Onley Fire Rescue, will change its service delivery model from 24/7/365 to staffing only nights and weekends. We have sold some assets and reduced our operating costs. Additionally we will change from a soft billing format to a hard billing format, as much as we dislike this change, it is necessary if we are to continue to provide service.

During the last few weeks, our worth as a emergency service provider has really proven itself; especially it the area of ALS assist to other companies. Lives have been saved and suffering has been diminished. We are crucial to the quality of life here in Central Accomack. We have taken in new certified members as a result of the media coverage and we are sending 6 to the current EMT Academy and have 4 in the process of testing for their EMT now and 2 members are weeks away completing the Advanced EMT program.

Onley Fire Rescue..........Still Responding!"

Onley Town Councilman Matt Har is working to try and alleviate some of the financial stress on the department.  Hart has started a GoFundMe page for the fire department with a goal of $10,000.

During the day time hours when Onley Fire Rescue is not available to respond to calls, nearby departments, including Tasley and Onancock, will respond to Onley if needed.

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