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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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VEHICLE FIRE: WEST LYNCHBURG SALEM TURNPIKE

Monday, January 26, 2015   1356hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to the 1000 block of West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike for a reported vehicle fire. Wagon 1 (with four) arrived at 1400hrs to find smoke showing from a small box van along with a county code enforcement officer who had stopped to assist by with a fire extinguisher.  W1 quickly extinguished the remaining fire in the engine compartment and under the dash before returning to service at 1420hrs. Units operating: W1 & E1. Total Company 1 personnel: 11.    

   


 

UPDATE TO MVC WITH SUBJECT PINNED UNDERNEATH VEHICLE

Friday, January 23, 2015  We have recently learned of another successful outcome for a patient who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on January 5th when his vehicle rolled several times, ejecting him and pinning him underneath the vehicle. Using hydraulic tools, air bags, and cribbing, BFD firefighters extricated the man in approximately thirty minutes but then discovered that the patient had severe burns and was barely breathing. Working along side of paramedics on Medic 14-1, BFD Firefighter/Paramedic's intubated the patient and established I.V. access before Lifeguard 10 arrived to transport by air. The patient was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in critical condition.  Days after the incident we received word that the patient was removed from ICU and is expected to make a full recovery.  

   


 

107th AWARDS BANQUET

Saturday, January 17, 2015  Over ninety BFD firefighters and guests gathered at the Bedford Columns Conference Center for the department's 107th annual awards banquet.  Dinner was catered by the Ole Liberty Station and began at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony followed at 7:30 p.m. where the following individuals were recognized for their years of service: Five Years: Ryan King, Chris Gardner, and John Gulatsi. Ten Years: Billy Creasey and Chad Baker. Thirty-five Years: James Parker. Forty Years: Russell Stevens. Congratulations to the following recipients who were awarded FF of the Year as voted on by their peers. Firefighter of the Year 2014: Firefighter/EMT-E M.J. McGinnis, Runner Up: Firefighter Brandon Crouch and Firefighter Ryan King (tie). A big thanks goes out to Company 2 and Company 13 who staffed W-1 and L-1 and to all of the firefighters and guests who attended to make this yet another successful event. 

     



 

BRUSH TRUCK CREWS ASSIST LOCAL AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS SEARCH FOR LYONS SISTERS

Thursday, January 15, 2015  For the past four days BFD units have assisted the FBI Evidence Recovery Team and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office in their search for two sisters who were murdered nearly forty years ago.  Recent information has led federal officials to the area of Taylor's Mountain in Bedford County where they believe the two girls bodies were buried.  Brush 1 and Brush 1A spent twelve hours each day on the mountain providing a water supply for investigators as they narrowed their search to a specific area. For further information on the case follow the link below.

http://www.wset.com/clip/11027531/search-continues-for-missing-lyon-sisters




   


 

1st DUE WORKING FIRE-4463 FOREST ROAD

Monday, December 22, 2014  0915hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company's 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (2nd due & RIT) to 4463 Forest Road for reported house on fire. Chief 1 arrived to find smoke showing from the eves of a single-story wood frame private dwelling; marking it a working fire and establishing Forest Road command. Wagon 1 (with four) arrived next and began stretching a line into the interior as Division 1 as Medic 14-1 assumed two-out. Ladder 1 (with six) split to conduct the search and start ventilation as Engine 1 (with three) established water supply with Tanker 5. Rescue 5 established RIT on side Alpha as crews quickly determined that the home owner had extinguished the majority of fire on a rear porch and checked for extension into the attic. With fire contained, command returned Tanker 1 (with four) and Tanker 5 to service. The roof division removed a small amount of shingles and sheeting to access and extinguish a small amount of fire that extended into several rafters in the attic. With all searches negative and the fire under control, command began releasing companies back to service. Units operating: W1, L1, E1, T5, R5, M14-1, M1-1, County 10, and Chief 1. Total Company 1 personnel: 18.

   


 

ANNUAL COMPANY CHRISTMAS DINNER

Saturday, December 6, 2014  The Bedford Fire Department held its annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday night after a very wet and short parade. The Ladies Auxiliary did an outstanding job with dinner again this year and all who attended enjoyed a great dinner and good fellowship. The children received gifts from Santa Claus while adults enjoyed the gift of Miss Scarlett's peanut butter pie. Thanks to everyone who attended to make this another memorable event.  

   


 

FIRST DUE WORKING FIRE: 3182 PEAKS ROAD

Thursday, November 27, 2014  2251hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company's 1 (Bedford-1st due), 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 5 (Forest-RIT) to 3182 Peaks Road for a reported structure fire.  Wagon 1 (with four) arrived to find a mobile home with heavy fire showing throughout. W-1's officer established command while the nozzleman and backup stretched a line for a defensive attack.  Ladder 1 (with four) arrived and operated as Salvage Group 1 while Medic 14-1 was assigned Fire Attack Group 2. Engine 1 (with four) established water supply as Rescue 5 established RIT. The home was not occupied when the fire began and was reported by a passerby. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation by the Bedford County Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal's Office. Total Company 1 personnel: 14.

     



 

WORKING FIRE: 2059 WILSON CHURCH ROAD

Friday, November 14, 2014  1520hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 8 (Moneta-1st due), 7 (Huddleston-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 2059 Wilson Church Road for a reported house on fire. With its rural location and Rescue 1 O.O.S., Tanker 1 (operating as W-1 with six) responded as the RIT. With limited manpower from the 1st and 2nd due companies, Rescue 13 was added as the RIT as well as Ladder 1 (with four) for manpower. Tanker 1 and Wagon 8-2 arrived together to find a single-story wood frame private dwelling with fire showing from the bravo side. T-1's crew stretched two lines into the interior as attack group 1 as Wagon 8-2 established water supply and Tanker 1's officer established command. Ladder 1 arrived and conducted searches; both proved negative. The fire was marked under control at 1601hrs. No injuries were reported, the fire is being investigated by the BCoFR deputy fire marshall. Units operating: T1, W82, L1, T8, T7, R13, Medic 14-8, Medic 7-3, County 10, and 1601.  Total Company 1 personnel: 14.

     



 

COMPANY 1 OPERATES ON SMALL FIRE IN SHADY GROVE

Friday, November 7, 2014  1415hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 19 (Shady Grove-1st due), 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg-RIT) to Shadelawn Drive for a reported porch on fire.  With limited staffing, Company 1 was added for manpower. Tanker 1 (running as W1 with five firefighters) responded.  Pumper 19 with the assistance of Medic 14-13 made a good knock down to quickly bring the fire under control as Wagon 13 and Tanker 1 arrived. Units operating: P19, W13, T1,  P9, T9, T13, Medic 14-13 and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 13.



   


 

LANKFORD MILL ROAD: VEHICLE FIRE

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  1350hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to the 2200 block of Lankford Mill Road for a reported vehcle fire. Engine 1 (with three) and Brush 1 (with two) arrived together at 1358hrs to find fire showing from a truck. Engine 1 quickly extinguished the fire and returned Brush 1 and Tanker 1 (with four) to service. Total Company 1 personnel: 11. 

     



 
 
 

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