The Wythe County Board of Supervisors made the unanimous decision to dissolve the Lead Mines Rescue Squad after multiple complaints of poor service and failing to respond to the community.
The decision was made during the regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday morning.
According to a press release, in addition to having multiple concerns as to the squad's management and business plan, E-911 records reveal that the department failed to respond to a total of 18 calls between the dates of July 1 and August 12, 2013.
Virginia Code §27-10 provides that the governing body of the county may dissolve a fire or rescue (EMS) company for any reason it deems advisable.
The council took immediate action.
The Wythe County Board of Supervisors says that in order to adequately meet the needs of the residents of eastern Wythe County "prudent measures are necessary."
Wythe officials have engaged the services of the Wythe County Rescue Squad to provide emergency medical services to the area during the transition process.
The Wythe County Rescue Squad will be providing a team of emergency responders entirely dedicated to servicing the Lead Mines area.