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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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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.  

     



 

WORKING FIRE: 1111 GRINDSTONE DRIVE

Monday, January 13, 2014  1701hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due), 2 (Big Island-2nd due), and 5 (Forest-RIT) to 1111 Grindstone Drive for reports of a house on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1710hrs to find a two-story wood frame private dwelling with heavy fire showing from side charlie. E1's nozzle and backup stretched a line through the front door as Fire Attack Group 1 as Chief 1 established command. Rescue 1 (with six) arrived at 1714hrs and by orders of command split its crew to throw ladders and stretch a second line as Division 2. Wagon 1 (with three) off loaded its water to the Engine as Pumper 2 laid out to establish a water supply. Rescue 5 established RIT on side alpha while crews from P2 and U5 rotated through on the interior. The fire was marked under control at 1800hrs. At the request of command the Red Cross responded to assist the single displaced occupant with hotel accommodations for the night. Units operating: E1, R1, W1, P1, P2, T2, R5, T5, Medic 14-1, Medic 1-4, and County 10. Total company 1 personnel on scene and standing by at the station: 24

     



 

MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT: SALEM TRPK & THAXTON SCHOOL ROAD

Sunday, January 12, 2014  1532hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, Medic 14-8, and County 10 to the intersection of West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike and Thaxton School Road for a reported MVC with entrapment. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1539hrs to find two vehicles involved with heavy damage and entrapment to one vehicle. E-1 stretched the trashline for protection as Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and began stabilizing for extrication. R1 removed the drivers door to access and remove the male driver onto a LSB. Medic 14-8 transported the most critical patient to RMH while Medic 1-4 tranported the other driver who suffered only minor injuries. Company 1 units returned to service at 1615hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 19.

     



 

WORKING FIRE: 1346 UNION CHURCH ROAD

Tuesday, January 7, 2014  1332hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due), 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg-RIT) to 1346 Union Church Road for a report of smoke showing from the attic of a private dwelling. Medic 14-1 arrived first to find heavy smoke showing and marked it a "working fire". Engine 1 (with three) arrived, passed command and stretched a line into the interior as Division 1. Engine 9 arrived, established Union Church Road command and began supplying water to Engine 1. Hoarder conditions prevented Division 1 from advancing to the seat of the fire before it extended into the second floor and attic. Crews worked for four hours in single digit temperatures to extinguish and overhaul before returning to service. Units operating: E1, R1, E9, T9, E5, T5, R13, Medic 14-1, Medic 14-8, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 8.

     



 

LADDER 1 OPERATES AT COMPANY 13 WORKING FIRE

Monday, January 6, 2014  1732hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 13 (Stewartsville-1st due), 8 (Moneta-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1074 Killdeer Court for the report of smoke inside an occupied dwelling. Wagon 13 arrived to find moderate smoke showing from the bravo side of one and a half story wood frame private dwelling. Crews encountered heavy smoke conditions on the interior and quickly discovered fire in the walls around the chimney on the first floor. Ladder 1 (with six) established RIT and controlled utilities before splitting its crew to assist on the interior by orders of command. Crews worked for almost an hour to open up before bringing the fire under control. Units operating on scene: W13, E13, R13, E8, W8, T8, R1, Medic 13, and County 10. While operating in Goodview, Engine 1 (with four), Rescue 1 (with four), and Wagon 1 (with four) responded to a first due reported structure fire that resulted in a chimney fire with no extension. Total Company 1 personnel: 18.

     



 
 
 

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