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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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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. 

     



 

MULTIPLE INJURIES AT FOREST ROAD MVC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  1230hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 and Squads 1 (BLSC) and 6 (Goode) to the intersection of Forest Road and Goode Station Road for a reported MVC involving multiple vehicles with multiple injuries. Engine 1 (with three) arrived at 1239hrs to find four vehicles involved with heavy damage to all.  With no entrapment, Ladder 1 (with four) assisted with patient care by packaging patients to prepare for transport. Two patients were transported to Bedford Memorial hospital and two were transported to Lynchburg General, all with non-life threatening injuries. Units operating: E-1, L-1, Medic 6, Medic 14-8, and Centra Medic 12. Total Company 1 personnel: 8.    

     



 

2735 LIZARD RIDGE: VEHICLE FIRE

Thursday, October 23, 2014  The seventh run of the day came in at 1513hrs to 2735 Lizard Ridge Road for a reported vehicle fire. Wagon 1 (with four) and Engine 1 (with four) marked on scene at 1523hrs to find one truck with fire showing. With high winds and dry conditions, Brush 1 (with two) responded to protect a wildland exposure. The fire was quickly knocked down and brought under control at 1531hrs. Units operating: W-1, E-1, and B-1. Total Company 1 personnel: 13.

   


 

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.

     



 
 
 

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