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Volunteer Questionnaire

King George Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Questionnaire to assist in the review of the Volunteer Program in
King George County, Virginia.


This questionnaire is provided to you in the hope that you will take a few minutes and answer the questions completely, honestly, and without fear of any type of reprisal.   Additional space is provided for your comments. If more space is needed, please feel free to add as much paper as needed to explain your answers and/or explain your point.

All answers and comments will be held in confidence and will be only used as a means to review and improve the Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services of King George County. Individual names are only to be used as a means to verify that you were a member of the King George Volunteer service.

 It is intended that only former Volunteer personnel of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services participate in this effort Again the name is used only to verify you were a Volunteer in King George County, the Information that you provide is the important issue.
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As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue would you like to participate in this questionnaire;
(  ) Yes  
(  ) No

If No, thank you for your time and we request that you respond back with your answer.

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2 A.  When did you last serve as a member of King George Fire & Rescue _____________________________


2 B.  How long were you a member of King George Fire & Rescue _________ years.


3.  As a former member, you were an; (check the appropriate box or boxes)
(  ) active firefighter,
(  ) active EMS responder,
(  ) administrative,
(  ) Junior,  
(  ) Auxiliary,
(  ) Honorary member,
(  ) Special Category,
(  ) Other ____________________________________________________________________________  
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4. As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue; what did you see as a problem with the Volunteer Organization that caused you to leave;  
(  ) The Volunteer Operational Officers,  
(  ) The Volunteer Administrative Officers,
(  ) The County Fire Chief
(  ) I don’t think some of the Operational Officers knew what they were doing,
(  ) I don’t think some of the Administrative Officers knew what they were doing,
(  ) Some of the Operational Officers didn’t have the training I did but they were promoted   
(  ) I wasn’t allowed to take the Training Classes that others were allowed to take
(  ) The County Fire Chief had two sets of rules - one for the Volunteers and one for the Career
(  ) Other _____________________________________________________________________________
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5. As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue; why did you leave the organization;
(  ) The training requirements were too much
(  ) I didn’t have the time
(  ) Too much going on that I didn’t agree with
(  )  The fact that the County Ordnance (of 06/17/2008) was unduly imposed on the Volunteers
(  )  The fact that, anything I purchased to use on calls became property of the County
(  )  The fact that the Volunteers had absolutely no rights of Grievance under the (06/17/2008) Ordnance
(  )  The fact that I could be tossed out for any reason by the County Chief without “Due Process”
(  )  There was no avenue of appeal of any decision of the County Chief
(  )  I don’t think the County Chief had idea what he was doing
(  ) Other  ____________________________________________________________________________
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6. As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue, would you consider rejoining the organization;
(  )  NO,
(  )  Yes, if some real changes were to be made


7.  You said “Yes, if some real changes were to be made), what would be the changes you would like to see;
(  ) Dismiss Current County Fire Chief,
(  ) Keep Current County Fire Chief but severely limit his authority,
(  ) Create a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Board,
(  ) Abolish or amend the Fire, Rescue, and EMS Ordnance of 06/17/2008,
(  ) Keep the Fire, Rescue and EMS Ordnance of 06/17/2008 but rewrite it with Volunteer Input as well as Advisory Board Input.
(  ) Give the Volunteers the same rights under “Due Process” as the Career Personnel
(  ) Give the Volunteers the right to a fair hearing if/when they were accused of wrong-doing
(  )  Other ____________________________________________________________________________
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8.  Do you think a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission should be created in King George County;
(  ) Yes
(  ) No


9.  If a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission were to be created, how would you suggest it be staffed;



 
10.  Do you believe this Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission should be granted authority to answer or report only to the King George Board of Supervisors.
(  ) Yes
(  )  No


11.  Do you believe it is “Very Wrong” that the Volunteers are granted absolutely no rights under the Fire, Rescue, and EMS Ordnance of 06/17/2008.
(  ) Yes
(  ) No


12.  Do you believe it is “very wrong” that a Volunteer shall not be allowed to Grieve any action taken against them, but shall be allowed to file a petition of appeal with the County Administrator, the County Administrator may determine the appeal at his/her sole discretion and in his/her timeframe.
(  )  Yes, I believe that is “very wrong”
(  ) No, I don’t believe that is “very wrong”
(  ) Other ____________________________________________________________________________



13.  Do you believe that a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission would be a fair and reasonable way to resolve an accusation of wrong-doing,
(  ) Yes,
(  ) No



14.  Is there anything you are concerned with that has not been asked on the questionnaire
(  )  Yes
(  )  No
Please explain ______________________________________________________________________________
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15.  If you return to King George Fire & Rescue what Certifications do you currently have;
(  )  Firefighter I
(  )  Firefighter II
(  )  Basic Pump Operator
(  )  Driver/Pump Operator
(  )  Rural Water Supply
(  )  EVOC - _______
(  )  Basic Vehicle Rescue
(  )  Heavy and Tactical Rescue
(  )  CPR
(  )  First Responder
(  )  EMT- _____
(  )  Instructor - _____
(  )  Officer - ______
(  )  Safety Officer
(  )  NIMS- ____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____,
(  )  Other _________________________________________________________________________________

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16.  As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue what Apparatus were you released to Drive/Operate;
(  )  Utility - _____, _____, _____
(  )  Ambulance - _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____
(  )  Brush - _____, _____,
(  )  Response - _____, _____, _____
(  )  Engine - _____, _____, _____, _____
(  )  Tanker - _____, _____
(  )  Rescue Squad - 1
(  )  Ladder Truck - 1
(  )  Boat - _____, _____, _____
(  )  Dive Support – 1
(  )  Other ________________________________________________________________________________

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Name of Individual completing this Questionnaire

Print Name - _______________________________________________  

Sign Name - ________________________________________________
    



Please return this form within 10 Calendar days to:

By US Mail to;
Clarence “Moose” Dobson
P.O. Box 437
King George, Virginia  22485


Note – All returns will be held by Mr. Dobson and will be used as a means of assessment of the Volunteers of Fire, Rescue, and EMS of King George.  None of the names of individuals who supplied information will be released.  The honest information is what is important.   

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