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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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COMMITTEE MEMBERS CONDUCT FINAL INSPECTION ON NEW WAGON

Monday, June 23, 2014  Apparatus committee members for both the new wagon and heavy rescue will be traveling to Wisconsin this week for meetings. The wagon committee will be conducting the final inspection at Seagrave in Clintonville, WI Monday and Tuesday while the rescue committee will be traveling to Pierce in Appleton, WI to conduct the pre-construction meeting on a new walk-in heavy rescue which has an expected delivery date of February 2015. Only minor items were noted during the final inspection at Seagrave and a delivery date of July 1st is expected. Equipment will be mounted in-house and vinyl lettering will be done locally at McBride Signs before the unit is placed in service. Thanks to all committee members who have worked so hard to design these trucks for years of great service to the department and community!  

     



 

ADVANCED RIT TRAINING WITH TRADITIONS TRAINING

Sunday, June 8, 2014  Twenty-five firefighters from BCoFR, Company 1 (Bedford), Company 5 (Forest), and Company 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg) participated in a two day Advanced RIT Company class taught by Traditions Training. This is the second time Traditions Training has traveled to teach in Bedford and it's never a disappointment.  The instructors who represent urban fire departments like Washington D.C., Baltimore City, Fairfax County, and Pittsburgh to name a few, bring a lot of street knowledge and tricks of the trade to the table.  Thanks to the instructors who made this an excellent learning experience as well to BCoFR Chief Jack Jones Jr. for organizing and funding the class.


     



 

L1 RIDING ASSIGNMENTS HIGHLIGHTED ON WWW.VENTENTERSEARCH.COM

Thursday, June 5, 2014  Riding positions have been a part of BFD operations for over ten years.  Ex-Chief Todd Stone implemented the idea in 2003 which reminds members on the truck or rescue company of their fire-ground responsibilites. Another benefit is that in the event all seats aren't full, the officer can quickly determine which duties will not be performed and which duties will need to be performed by other units. Jimm Walsh of VentEnterSearch recently showcased Ladder 1's riding assignment tags in an article discussingtheirbenefits. For more information visit:  http://www.vententersearch.com/?p=2240  

   


 

1st DUE WORKING FIRE: 744 SOUTH STREET

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  2145hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (Forest-2nd due & RIT) to 744 South Street for a reported dryer on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2151hrs to find a single-story wood frame private dwelling with fire showing from a basement window on side delta. E1 stretched a line into the basement as fire attack group 1 while Ladder 1 (with five) began the primary search and ventilation. Pumper 1 (with three) staged on the hydrant at South Street/Short Street as water supply. Command (Chief 1) marked the fire under control at 2200hrs after the fire was quickly extinguished, held to the area of origin, and searches for victims and extension proved negative. Command returned all units not operating on scene to service. Units operating: E1, L1, P1, and Medic 1-3. Total Company 1 personnel: 16.

     



 

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.

     



 
 
 

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