LFD Chief Says Memo Clears Up Turnover, OT And Call Volumes

For several weeks, there has been a campaign led by the Lynchburg Firefighters Association
regarding the Lynchburg Fire Department (LFD) about employee turnover, mandatory overtime
and call volume. The fire chief has issued a memo saying in the past five years, 23 firefighters retired and 24 left
for higher paying positions. Eleven firefighters were dismissed or resigned due to unbecoming
conduct, five left on disability and one death occurred in the line of duty. In calendar year 2018, there were 52 occurrences of mandatory overtime of any length of time. The memorandum also addressed call volume and explained that when call volume was evaluated, the highest volume occurred in 2014 by almost 500 calls. From 2015-2018, call volume remained relatively steady at just over 13,500 calls each year. Through the end of the
calendar year first quarter, the LFD is 100 calls ahead of pace from 2018.