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March 9, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Cost of a new ambulance

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
The county bought these three ambulances last year and would purchase another three in fiscal 2019 under the proposed budget.

Fauquier County’s cost for a new ambulance, including a mechanized gurney system, vehicle marking and installation of equipment.

Most equipment for new ambulances gets transferred from existing units that Fauquier’s emergency services department and volunteer fire and rescue companies replace.

That equipment includes defibrillators, mobile radios and electronic medical record devices valued at $34,000, $4,500 and $2,500, respectively.

County Administrator Paul McCulla’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget includes $760,000 to purchase three ambulances. The county bought its first three last year.

Wind storm-related calls the county sheriff’s office received during a 36-hour period last weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to 642 incidents, career and volunteer medics to 288 and Warrenton police to 190.


Emergency calls the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. responded to during 18 hours of the intense windstorm Friday, March 2, “one of the busiest days in WVFC’s history.”

Those calls included:

• 22 outdoor electrical hazards.

• 8 building collapses.

• 7 outside fires.

• 5 traffic crashes.

• 3 elevator rescues.

By comparison, the volunteer company averaged 14.8 calls per day in January, with two-thirds of them medical incidents.


Tons of trash that people performing court-ordered community service picked up along Fauquier roadways in fiscal 2017. About 320 people spent 2,871 hours collecting litter.

In fiscal 2016, workers picked up 62 tons of trash, according to the Fauquier County Office of Adult Court Services.

Acres enrolled in Fauquier’s land-use valuation program that provides significant tax breaks for rural property meeting criteria in one of these categories:

• Ag/Forestal District*, 66,478 acres.

• Agriculture, 41,062 acres.

• Forestry, 35,537 acres.

• Open space, 54,257 acres.

That totals about half of the county. Fauquier tax “deferments” would total $13.7 million under the county administrator’s proposal fiscal 2019 budget.

If an owner converts enrolled property to more intensive use, that requires payment of five years’ worth of “rollback” taxes at full-market value.

* Under the Ag/Forestal District program, landowners pledge not to develop the property for at least eight years. Enrollment in one of Fauquier’s 13 ag/forestal districts requires board of supervisors’ approval.
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