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Fuel Mix-Up at Virginia Fire, EMS Leaves Service Scrambling

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. – A fuel mix-up at Prince George Fire and EMS made fire and EMS vehicles not drivable for the day, according to reports.

The Progress-Index reports it happened Monday when the company contracted to fuel up the vehicles inadvertently put diesel fuel into gasoline tanks and gasoline into diesel tanks.

The county was left scrambling to get units back into service, according to the report.

By the end of the day Monday, three engines, one ladder truck, and three medical units remained out of service.

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Fire trucks and ambulances at Prince George Fire and EMS in Virginia needed to be drained after the wrong type of fuel was put in their tanks.

“I’m sure it wasn’t intentional just a mix-up,” County Administrator Percy Aschraft told the newspaper. “But a mix-up you hope will never happen. At this time we don’t know why it happened, but we will do what we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Prince George County has 26 full-time and 36 part-time personnel comprising five volunteer fire companies with six stations and one volunteer emergency crew.