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Louisa career fire, rescue staff barred from volunteering

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 am

Since Louisa County began hiring professionals to work at its fire and rescue stations a few years ago, a number of former volunteers have become career staff. Some of them still like to volunteer in their off hours.

Chief Keith Green

Chief Keith Greene

It’s going to take a change to a county ordinance for them to keep doing so. County Fire & EMS Chief Keith Greene informed several career staff recently they could not volunteer for the county.

The reason? It is a violation of federal labor law for them to provide for free a service that they are also paid for at the same organization.

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors plans to change the county code at an upcoming meeting to get around the problem, Supervisor Tommy Barlow (Mountain Road district) said.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 27 edition of The Central Virginian.