Virginia has been in a State of Emergency since March 2020, and there is no end in sight. The fire and emergency services, including emergency medical service providers across the Commonwealth have seen some significant fiscal impacts as a result. Most volunteer organizations have lost the ability to execute their essential fundraising activities due to the requirements imposed by executive orders issued by Governor Ralph Northam, and many fire and rescue organizations are experiencing hardship. Nonetheless, there are still 911 calls to be answered, and delivering emergency services costs money. The Virginia State Firefighters Association has looked at the challenges of continuing emergency services delivery and impacts of lost fundraising mechanisms, and offers some ideas on how to cope.
The VSFA has prepared this document to help organizations assess its financial risks and take the necessary steps to endure and recover from the pandemic.
Fiscal Impacts of the Pandemic and What Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and EMS Organizations Can Do:
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