Bristol, Va. calls on state board to review its fire, emergency services


Bristol, Virginia city leaders are calling in the state to review its emergency services. The city held a town hall on Monday night.

Leaders from the state fire services board heard from the city council, firefighters, lifesaving crew members and residents.

Earlier this year, the city looked at cutting fire services as a way to balance the budget. Those attempts drew heavy public criticism and sparked a series of public hearings.

Now city leaders want to make sure the fire department and EMS crews are running efficiently.

Firefighters said they are already understaffed. They also want better communication with dispatch to make calls and response times more efficient.

The state board will take three months to review everything and write up their recommendations. The city is expecting to see the report at the end of February.

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