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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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FIRST DUE WORKING FIRE: 2809 PENNICKS MILL ROAD

Monday, April 28, 2014  1643hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due), 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 5 (Forest-RIT) to 2809 Pennicks Mill Road for a reported barn on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1653hrs to find a 24x36 pole barn on fire with no exposures. E1's crew stretched a line as Fire Attack Group 1 while Medic 14-1 stretched a second line as Fire Attack Group 2. Wagon 1 (with five) arrived and established water supply and provided manpower to pull tin in order to access remaining hot spots. With no interior attack needed, command returned RIT and made the incident a can handle for the 1st and 2nd due. Units operating: E1, W1, R1, P9, T9, Medic 1-4, Medic 1-1, Medic 14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 18.

     



 

FIRST DUE WORKING FIRE: 2337 CENTERVILLE ROAD

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  1703hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (2nd due and RIT) to the Central VA Pallet and Stake Company for a reported building on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1712hrs to find one building almost on the ground, multiple piles of pallets and wooden stakes involved, and three immediate exposures threatened. Chief 1 established command and immediately requested a tanker task force which added T2, T8, and T9. E1's crew began stretching lines to protect exposures as Wagon 1 (with three) arrived and established water supply. Brush 1 (with two) & Brush 1A (with two) arrived several minutes later and with several spot fires south of the fireground command assigned both to structural protection division. Engine 5 stretched a third hose line as Fire Attack Group 3 while Rescue 5 concentrated on moving machinary threatened by fire as Salvage Group 1. The decision to let multiple piles of debris burn was made early on and a bulldozer from the DOF was utilized to cut in two lines around the fireground in an attempt to prevent future fire spread. Units returned to service at 2100hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 17.

     



 

RAV 1 & BRUSH 1 OPERATE 15 ACRE BRUSH FIRE

Monday, April 21, 2014  Brush 1 & RAV-1 (Remote Access Vehicle) assisted Company 5 (Forest) on a 15 acre brush fire just off Blackwater Road. The fire, which began when a tree fell onto power lines, burnt approximately 15 acres of thick vegetation on property that had been clear cut several years ago. RAV-1 transported sawyers and assisted with fire suppression where needed. Units operated for several hours before a bulldozer from the Department of Forestry arrived and cut a line around the perimeter. Total Company 1 personnel: 13.

   


 

ENGINE AND RESCUE RUN FIRST DUE VEHICLE FIRE

Thursday, April 10, 2014  1828hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to Toms Road for a reported truck on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1838hrs to find heavy fire showing from the cab of a truck. E1's nozzle and backup stretched the trash line while the officer established command. Rescue 1 (with five) was next to arrive and staged while Wagon 1 (with four) was returned to service by command. The fire was marked under control at 1846hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 23.

     



 

WAGON OPERATES ON LONE OAK CROSSING FIRE

Tuesday, April 8, 2014  0950hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 7 (Huddleston-1st due), 8 (Moneta-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1465 Lone Oak Crossing for a reported mobile home on fire. Pumper 7 was first to arrive to find the single-wide home already on the ground. With no interior work to be done, Rescue 1 (with five) returned to service. Wagon 1 (with four) was the second unit to arrive to establish water supply for P-7. The fire was quickly brought under control and command released Wagon 1 at 1030hrs. Units operating: P7, W1, E7A, FR7, B8, T8, Medic 14-8, and County 10.  Total Company 1 personnel: 11.

   


 

WARM WEATHER, DRY CONDITIONS, AND WINDS KEEP UNITS BUSY

Wednesday, March 12, 2014  Warm weather, low humidity, and high winds have kept Bedford firefighters busy with fast spreading grass and brush fires over the last two days. Fifteen runs have come in over the past 48 hours and of those, twelve have been grass or brush fires. In all, over fourteen acres burnt, controlled by an average of twelve Company 1 personnel on scene, and over $300,000 of losses saved from immediate fire threat. RAV 1 (remote access vehicle) the BFD's newest addition to the fleet, was utilized on two separate incidents to access difficult to reach areas in order to control fire spread. Forecast for the next several days include wind gusts, low humidity, and dry weather. Please be mindful of these red flag conditions.

     



 

WAGON 1 OPERATES ON POWELL SCHOOL RD WORKING FIRE

Tuesday, March 4, 2014  1016hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 2 (Big Island-1st due), 3 (Boonsboro-2nd due) and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to Powell School Road for a house fire. With northside units already out and operating on the scene of a barn fire in Company 3's first due, Wagon 1 (with five) responded to cover the 2nd due assignment and RIT if neccessary. Pumper 2 arrived to find a single-story wood frame private dwelling with smoke showing from the eves. Wagon 1 was second to arrive and assisted by pulling siding. P-2's quickly found and extinguished fire in the attic and walls surrounding the chimney. With the fire under control, command returned Rescue 1 (with four) and other units not on scene to service. Total Company 1 personnel: 9. 

   


 

RESCUE 1 AND RAV 1 OPERATE ON EMS CARRY-OUT

Saturday, March 1, 2014  1132hrs- Rescue 1 (with six) and Utility 1/RAV 1(with three) responded to Sharp Top Mountain (elevation 3800 ft) to assist Medic 14-1 with carrying out a patient who sprained her ankle near the summit of the mountain. Utilizing RAV 1 (Remote Access Vehicle), BFD firefighters and BCoFR personnel accessed the summit via a bus road and quickly located members from the injured victims party. Personnel assisted the victim down the trail to the RAV and transported her down the mountain to an awaiting medic unit which transported the victim to Bedford Memorial. After one more trip up to pick up the remaining members of her party, all unit's returned to service. Total Company 1 personnel: 16.

     

Sharp Top Mountain

Sharp Top Mountain



 

DRYER CONDITIONS AND LOW HUMIDITY CAUSE MULTIPLE FIRES

Saturday, February 1, 2014  Warmer weather combined with low humidity and light winds caused a number of controlled burns to get away from land owners on Saturday keeping BFD firefighters busy. Between the three fires reported between 11:30am and 2:30pm, approximately five acres burnt in Company 1 first due alone. The third reported grass fire occured on Dinwiddie Drive and threatened an occupied structure. With a response time of four minutes firefighters were able to control the fire and keep the structure from burning. The heat from the fire damaged the homes vinyl siding which was estimated at $1,000 damage. Several other fires were reported in the communities of Moneta and Montvale. Total Company 1 personnel: 14.

     
Rocky Ford Road shed fire.

Rocky Ford Road shed fire.

Dinwiddie Drive grass fire.

Dinwiddie Drive grass fire.



 

106TH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

Saturday, January 18, 2014  Over ninety BFD firefighters and their guests were in attendance for the fire department's 106th annual awards banquet. This year the banquet returned to the Bedford Area Welcome Center where it had typically been held in years past. Once again the Ole Liberty Station restaurants catering service "Making Tracks" catered the dinner. After desert, attendees moved into the ceremony room for the awards presentation. Those receiving awards for service were: 5yrs of service- Lance Stenzel, Matt Scott, Kenny Taggart, and John Moore. 25yrs of service- Greg Fulton. Congratulations to the following firefighters who received awards: Firefighter of the Year: Stacey Wills. 1st Runner Up: Kenny Taggart. 2nd Runner Up: Matt Scott. Prob Firefighter of the Year: MJ McGinnis.  

     



 
 
 

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