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The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department is located in the City of Bedford, VA approximately 25 miles east of Roanoke and 20 miles west of Lynchburg. Organized in 1888, the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department was Bedford City and County's only organized fire protection until 1952. With a first due response area of 182 square miles; the largest first due response area in Bedford County, the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department remains the busiest fire department each year. With a roster of fifty active firefighters, the department operates nine pieces of apparatus and responds to an average of 900 calls each year.

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SECOND WORKING FIRE IN TWELVE HOURS

Sunday, October 5, 2014  1130hrs- Companies 1, 5, and 8 responded to a reported house fire at 1429 Jefferson Terrace. Wagon 1 (with three) was first to arrive to find moderate smoke showing from a two-story wood frame private dwelling.  W1 stretched a line into the interior as the fire attack group while Ladder 1 (with five) began ventilation and the primary search. Fire was quickly located and extinguished in a laundry room with a small amount of extension into the basement. Units operating: W-1, L-1, T-1, R-5, W8-2, and Medic 14-1. Total Company 1 personnel: 12.  Companies 1 and 8 later responded to a working fire in a multiple dwelling on Shingle Block Road. A small room and contents fire was quickly extinguished with no extension or injuries. Units operating: W82, L1, W1, R13, T8, E7A, Medic 14-1, and Medic 8-5. Total Company 1 personnel: 13.   

   


 

FEMA AWARDS THE BFD ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT

Monday, September 1, 2014  The Bedford Fire Department is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 2013 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $168,000.  This grant will allow the BFD to replace thirty (30) self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and sixty (60) air bottles.  The air pack committee will be researching the newest models over the next month to develop a specification that will be used in the bid process.  

   


 

LIFETIME MEMBERS RECEIVE WATCHES DURING RECOGNITION DINNER

Thursday, August 14, 2014  Ten BFD lifetime members attended an appreciation dinner before the August business meeting where they received a department watch and lithograph of the fire station in appreciation of their service and contributions to the department. Twenty-seven members were in attendance to show their respect and for many of the younger members it was a chance to meet these BFD legends.Those in attendance were: Clyde Lipscomb, ex - Chief Mike Burnette, E.T. Wilkerson,  ex - Chief Donald Hale, Earl Carter, Tim Stanley, Terry Overstreet,  Tom Richardson, ex - Chief Todd Stone, and our newest lifetime member Gordon Musgrove. Lifetime Members who were unable to attend: Mike Musgrove, Phillip Johnson, and John Merritt. Thanks to everyone for attending and making this a memorable night. 

     



 

NEW WAGON PLACED IN SERVICE

Friday, August 1, 2014  The officers and members of the Bedford Fire Department are pleased to announce that a 2014 Seagrave Marauder II pumper has been placed into service as Wagon 1. The new Class A pumper is equipped with a 1000 gallon tank, 2000 gpm single stage Waterous pump and will respond first out on all first due incidents over the next few months in order to ensure there are no warranty issues that need attention. After several months it will return to its normal response order as the first out engine on 2nd due responses and the second out engine on first due responses. The unit is also equipped with Whelen LED emergency lighting, a 6kw hydraulic generator, 12v LED scene lights, and Setcom wireless headsets. The officers and members would like to thank the Town of Bedford Town Council for their continued support of public safety.   

     

Following a 19th century tradition, members pushed the new Wagon into it's bay to place it in service.

Following a 19th century tradition,
      members pushed the new Wagon into it's
      bay to place it in service.



 

MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT: DICKERSON MILL ROAD

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  2314hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Medic 14-1, and Special Operations Command to the intersection of Thornhill Lane and Dickerson Mill Road for the report of a motor vehicle crash into an occupied private dwelling. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2320hrs to find one vehicle with heavy damage and entrapment and two other vehicles with moderate damage into the structure. Chief 1 established command while E1's crew quickly triaged the scene to determine there was only one entrapment with injury and no structural damage to the home. As Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and began stabilizing to extricate command returned SOC to service. With heavy intrusion on the drivers side of the vehicle,  R1's crew removed both doors, the B post, and the roof to allow EMS to access and remove the patient. Units operating: E1, R1, M14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 15.

     



 

HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH ENTRAPMENT

Monday, July 14, 2014  1641hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, and Medic 14-1 to Independence Boulevard in the area of the Bank of the James for the report of a head - on collision with multiple injuries. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1645hrs to find two vehicles blocking both lanes of traffic with heavy damage and entrapment. E1's backup stretched the trash line while E1's nozzle man and officer began triaging patients. Rescue 1 (with four) arrived and went to work stabilizing and working to extricate the driver of a small sedan who was the most critically injured. R1's crew removed the roof and performed a dash roll to remove the critically injured driver. Lifeguard 10 was utilized to transport that patient while three others were transported by ground. Units operating: E1, R1, U1, M14-1, M1-1, M9-2, and County 4. Total Company 1 personnel: 19.

     
Photo courtesy of Tom Wilmouth.

Photo courtesy of Tom Wilmouth.



 

FIRST DUE WORKING FIRE: 5135 PEAKS ROAD

Thursday, July 3, 2014  1812hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) , 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 5 (Rescue 5-RIT) to the 5000 block of Peaks Road for reports of smoke showing from a detached garage. Chief 1 and Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1820hrs to find heavy fire showing from a 30x40 garage. Chief 1 established command while Engine 1 stretched a line into the interior as Fire Attack Group 1 with Medic 14-1 establishing the 2-out. Rescue 1 (with four) arrived and assumed Salvage Group 1 while Wagon 1 (with four) and Pumper 9 established water supply. Interior crews made an aggressive attack bringing the fire under control at 1830hrs. Units operating: E1, R1, W1, C1, P9, W9, T9, R5, Medic 1-2, Medic 14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 19.

   


 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS CONDUCT FINAL INSPECTION ON NEW WAGON

Monday, June 23, 2014  Apparatus committee members for both the new wagon and heavy rescue will be traveling to Wisconsin this week for meetings. The wagon committee will be conducting the final inspection at Seagrave in Clintonville, WI Monday and Tuesday while the rescue committee will be traveling to Pierce in Appleton, WI to conduct the pre-construction meeting on a new walk-in heavy rescue which has an expected delivery date of February 2015. Only minor items were noted during the final inspection at Seagrave and a delivery date of July 1st is expected. Equipment will be mounted in-house and vinyl lettering will be done locally at McBride Signs before the unit is placed in service. Thanks to all committee members who have worked so hard to design these trucks for years of great service to the department and community!  

     



 

ADVANCED RIT TRAINING WITH TRADITIONS TRAINING

Sunday, June 8, 2014  Twenty-five firefighters from BCoFR, Company 1 (Bedford), Company 5 (Forest), and Company 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg) participated in a two day Advanced RIT Company class taught by Traditions Training. This is the second time Traditions Training has traveled to teach in Bedford and it's never a disappointment.  The instructors who represent urban fire departments like Washington D.C., Baltimore City, Fairfax County, and Pittsburgh to name a few, bring a lot of street knowledge and tricks of the trade to the table.  Thanks to the instructors who made this an excellent learning experience as well to BCoFR Chief Jack Jones Jr. for organizing and funding the class.


     



 

L1 RIDING ASSIGNMENTS HIGHLIGHTED ON WWW.VENTENTERSEARCH.COM

Thursday, June 5, 2014  Riding positions have been a part of BFD operations for over ten years.  Ex-Chief Todd Stone implemented the idea in 2003 which reminds members on the truck or rescue company of their fire-ground responsibilites. Another benefit is that in the event all seats aren't full, the officer can quickly determine which duties will not be performed and which duties will need to be performed by other units. Jimm Walsh of VentEnterSearch recently showcased Ladder 1's riding assignment tags in an article discussingtheirbenefits. For more information visit:  http://www.vententersearch.com/?p=2240  

   


 
 
 

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