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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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Thursday, September 24, 2015  2104hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, Medic 14-8, and Special Operations Command to the area of Big Island Highway and Springhill Circle for a reported vehicle over an embankment with possible entrapment. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2110hrs to find a vehicle with heavy damage on its side down a ten foot embankment with the driver still inside. Rescue 1 (with six) and Utility 1 (with four) arrived just behind E1 and by orders of command began stabilizing and stretching tools to extricate the patient from the vehicle. The roof was quickly removed to gain access to the injured driver who was later transported by Medic 14-8 to Bedford Memorial Hospital. Total Company 1 personnel: 17.




Tuesday, September 22, 2015  1919hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company's 8 (Moneta-1st due), 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1474 Happy Acres Drive for a reported house on fire.  Battalion Chief 16 was first to arrive to find a two-story residential structure with heavy fire throughout and exposures. Wagon 8 arrived with Command 8 who assumed command.  Engine 131 and Rescue 13 were next to arrive and by orders of command assisted with the defensive attack. Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and also assisted with fire attack.  A tanker task force was dispatched which brought Tankers 7, 10, 12, and the Marine Fire Company.  Rescue 1 returned to service at 2200hrs.  




Tuesday, September 15, 2015  1304hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company's 10 (Saunders), 7 (Huddleston), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 8694 Tolers Ferry Road for a reported house on fire.  Medic 14-8 was first to arrive to find heavy smoke showing and fire through the roof of the single-story private dwelling.  With heavy fire throughout, Toler Ferry command ordered a defensive attack only.  Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and assisted with fire attack and overhaul before clearing.  Total Company 1 personnel: 10.




Friday, September 11, 2015  1317hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, and Medic 14-1 to the intersection of Five Forks Road and Wells Road for a reported MVC with possible entrapment. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1325hrs to find two vehicles with heavy damage and confirmed the entrapment. E1's nozzle stretched the bumper line for protection while Rescue 1 (with six) began cribbing and stretching hydraulic tools. Nineteen minutes after they arrived Rescue 1 had the pinned subject removed from the vehicle and into the hands of awaiting EMS personnel. Brush 1 (with two) and Brush 1A (with one ) established the LZ for one critical patient who was flown via Centra One to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  A total of four passengers were injured and transported to the hospital.  Total Company 1 personnel: 13.




Wednesday, September 9, 2015   1350hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, Medic 14-1, and County 10 to the 900 block of Maybeury Drive for a reported vehicle into a utility pole with a child ejected from the vehicle.  Engine 1 (with four) was first to arrive to find a van into a power pole with heavy damage and power lines down.  The pediatric patient who was ejected from the vehicle sustained critical injuries and flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital via LifeGuard 10.  A second pediatric patient was transported by ground to RMH with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  Rescue 1 (with five) established the LZ at Trinity Church. Total Company 1 personnel: 11.




Monday, June 22, 2015  0903hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 and Medic 14-8 to the 3000 block of Five Forks Road for a reported head-on collision with entrapment. Wagon 1 (with three) arrived at 0910hrs to find a box truck and sedan with heavy damage and one driver trapped.  W1 charged the trash line for protection and began placing the combi-tool into service as Ladder 1 (with four) arrived with the full compliment.  The door was quickly removed to allow EMS access to the driver who sustained minor injuries.  All units returned to service at 0930hrs.  Total Company 1 personnel: 9. 




Thursday, May 28, 2015  1005hrs: Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (Forest-2nd due & RIT) to 2431 Screechum Hollow Road for a reported stove on fire. Medic 14-1 and Engine 1 (with three) arrived at 1016hrs to find heavy smoke showing from a single-story wood frame private dwelling. E1 passed command and stretched the first line into the interior through side Alpha. Neighbors on scene reported a child still inside which prompted Medic 14-1's crew to begin the primary search before L1's arrival. With the primary search negative, command learned that the "child" was actually an 18 year old grandson who had exited safely to call 911. The fire was contained to the area of origin and brought under control approximately 15 minutes after arrival. All searches were negative with no injuries reported. Units operating: E1, L1, R5, T5, W82, M14-1, M14-5, County 10, and County 16. Total Company 1 personnel: 9.




Saturday, April 4, 2015  1430hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company's 8 (Moneta-1st due), 10 (Saunders-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1696 Whitehouse Road for multiple reports of a commercial structure fire. With enough staffing for two pieces at the 1 house, Wagon 1 (with four) and Ladder 1 (with five) responded immediately to assist with an engine company and fulfill the RIT assignment. E8 was first to arrive to find a wood-frame restaurant with heavy fire showing from the charlie side. Medic 14-8 (who had split its crew to provide a driver for E8) arrived and established Whitehouse Rd Command. W1 was the next to arrive; splitting their crew to provide water supply to E8 and manpower on the interior. W82 laid in from a nearby hydrant to establish water supply. E8 made an excellent stop and held the fire to the area of origin. L1 operated as the salvage and overhaul group before returning to service. Fire damage was estimated at $300,000. No injuries were reported. Total Company 1 personnel: 14.

Photo courtesy of Austin St. Laurent

Photo courtesy of Austin St. Laurent

Photo courtesy of Heather Rousseau

Photo courtesy of Heather Rousseau



Wednesday, April 1, 2015   1818hrs- While Company 1 units were operating on a four acre brush fire off of Equine Drive, Bedford Communications alerted Company's 1 (Bedford-1st due), 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 5 (Forest-RIT) to 613 Blue Ridge Avenue for multiple reports of a house on fire. W-1 (with five) arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the roof of a two-story wood-frame private dwelling. The nozzleman and backup stretched a line into the interior as Fire Attack Group 1 as Medic 14-1 established two out.  Ladder 1 (with three) performed the search which proved negative. Most of the fire and damage was contained to the exterior in the gable-end and under the shingles.  Fire damage is estimated at $10,000. Units operating: T1, L1, E9, Medic 14-1, and County 10.  Total Company 1 personnel operating between both calls: 19.




Friday, March 13, 2015  0026hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due), 8 (Moneta-2nd due), and 5 (Forest-RIT) to 511 South Street for multiple reports of an explosion and a house on fire.  Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 0029hrs to find heavy fire showing from a two-story wood frame private dwelling with reports of occupants trapped/missing. Chief 1 established South Street command and assigned Ladder 1 (with six) to search group and ventilation group. Wagon 1 (with four) caught the nearest hydrant to establish water supply while Medic 14-1 established 2-out. All searches proved negative and the two missing occupants from a rear apartment were later located. The fire was marked under control at 0056hrs. A total of six adults and one child were displaced. No injuries were reported. The explosion appears to have been a propane cylinder from a LP gas grill. The fire is being investigated by the Bedford County Fire Marshall. Units operating: E1, L1, W1, T1, C1, W82, R5, Medic 14-1, Medic 8-5, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 19. 



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