Strasburg has new rescue squad chief

Brandon Dodson

STRASBURG – Strasburg native Brandon Dodson has been elected chief of the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad. He has been with the squad for 6 1/2 years.

Dodson, 24, a career firefighter in Fauquier County, replaces Adam Galton, who served as chief for two years. Dodson said that Galton will be assuming a bigger role with the squad, leading community outreach efforts.

Dodson, an advanced emergency medical technician, said that emergency medicine is his favorite part of his work.

“I like EMS (emergency medical service),” Dodson said. “I feel like you get a bond with that patient to help them – from the elderly person at a nursing home who’s not feeling well but they just like having somebody to talk to, to somebody who’s having their worst day from having a heart attack. Things are dynamic when it comes to emergency medicine.”

Dodson said he has been working his way up to this position.

“I came up through the ranks from second lieutenant to first  lieutenant to assistant chief to now chief,” Dodson said. “Every year in May, we elect officers. Typically, the person chooses to keep the office or not keep it, and the membership votes.”

Dodson said he’s proud of the team he will be working with – new faces and old.

“Everybody works very hard with their office,” he said. “We have some new people in office, some people have moved up through the ranks as well – my assistant chief moved up through the ranks also. I think everybody has the same focus of making sure the community gets what they need when they need it.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com