Shenandoah County supervisors adopted a strategic plan to combine fire and rescue services throughout the county on Thursday night — moving volunteer departments throughout the county under one roof.
The plan lays out a handful of goals, including recruitment and retention; organizing the new partnership between departments by creating a leadership committee and training new members.
Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Williams will serve as the head of the newly combined organization. He said he thought that coming together under a single roof was a good thing for the volunteers and only served to help them and the community.
“Right now, with fire and rescue there’s no one central plan, so we are a reactive organization,” Williams said. “We simply react to the next issue that comes up. This puts us in a proactive stance.”