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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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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. 




Tuesday, February 17, 2015  2032hrs- Just as BFD firefighters finally sat down to dinner for the evening after a number of weather related runs, communications alerted Company 1 to 720 Blue Ridge Avenue for a reported vehicle fire. E1, T1, B1A, and Chief 1 arrived at 2036hrs to find fire showing from underneath a small sedan. E1's officer (Lt. Wills) established command while the E1 nozzle and backup stretched the trashline. With a quick knockdown on the fire command returned T1 and B1A to service. Total Company 1 personnel: 18.




Tuesday, February 17, 2015  0517hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due), 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg-RIT) to 1651 Wheatland Road for a reported house on fire. E1 (with three) arrived at 0523hrs to find moderate smoke showing from a single-story wood frame private dwelling. E1 stretched a line into the interior as Fire Attack Group 1 while Ladder 1 (with six) split its crew to perform the primary search and ventilation. Fire was located in a back bedroom with extension into the walls and attic. Both searches proved negative. The fire was marked under control at 0603hrs. No injuries were reported. Units operating: E1, L1, T1, U1, W8, R5, and Medic 14-1. Total Company 1 personnel: 12.




Monday, January 26, 2015   1356hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to the 1000 block of West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike for a reported vehicle fire. Wagon 1 (with four) arrived at 1400hrs to find smoke showing from a small box van along with a county code enforcement officer who had stopped to assist by with a fire extinguisher.  W1 quickly extinguished the remaining fire in the engine compartment and under the dash before returning to service at 1420hrs. Units operating: W1 & E1. Total Company 1 personnel: 11.    




Friday, January 23, 2015  We have recently learned of another successful outcome for a patient who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on January 5th when his vehicle rolled several times, ejecting him and pinning him underneath the vehicle. Using hydraulic tools, air bags, and cribbing, BFD firefighters extricated the man in approximately thirty minutes but then discovered that the patient had severe burns and was barely breathing. Working along side of paramedics on Medic 14-1, BFD Firefighter/Paramedic's intubated the patient and established I.V. access before Lifeguard 10 arrived to transport by air. The patient was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in critical condition.  Days after the incident we received word that the patient was removed from ICU and is expected to make a full recovery.  




Saturday, January 17, 2015  Over ninety BFD firefighters and guests gathered at the Bedford Columns Conference Center for the department's 107th annual awards banquet.  Dinner was catered by the Ole Liberty Station and began at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony followed at 7:30 p.m. where the following individuals were recognized for their years of service: Five Years: Ryan King, Chris Gardner, and John Gulatsi. Ten Years: Billy Creasey and Chad Baker. Thirty-five Years: James Parker. Forty Years: Russell Stevens. Congratulations to the following recipients who were awarded FF of the Year as voted on by their peers. Firefighter of the Year 2014: Firefighter/EMT-E M.J. McGinnis, Runner Up: Firefighter Brandon Crouch and Firefighter Ryan King (tie). A big thanks goes out to Company 2 and Company 13 who staffed W-1 and L-1 and to all of the firefighters and guests who attended to make this yet another successful event. 




Thursday, January 15, 2015  For the past four days BFD units have assisted the FBI Evidence Recovery Team and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office in their search for two sisters who were murdered nearly forty years ago.  Recent information has led federal officials to the area of Taylor's Mountain in Bedford County where they believe the two girls bodies were buried.  Brush 1 and Brush 1A spent twelve hours each day on the mountain providing a water supply for investigators as they narrowed their search to a specific area. For further information on the case follow the link below.





Monday, December 22, 2014  0915hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company's 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (2nd due & RIT) to 4463 Forest Road for reported house on fire. Chief 1 arrived to find smoke showing from the eves of a single-story wood frame private dwelling; marking it a working fire and establishing Forest Road command. Wagon 1 (with four) arrived next and began stretching a line into the interior as Division 1 as Medic 14-1 assumed two-out. Ladder 1 (with six) split to conduct the search and start ventilation as Engine 1 (with three) established water supply with Tanker 5. Rescue 5 established RIT on side Alpha as crews quickly determined that the home owner had extinguished the majority of fire on a rear porch and checked for extension into the attic. With fire contained, command returned Tanker 1 (with four) and Tanker 5 to service. The roof division removed a small amount of shingles and sheeting to access and extinguish a small amount of fire that extended into several rafters in the attic. With all searches negative and the fire under control, command began releasing companies back to service. Units operating: W1, L1, E1, T5, R5, M14-1, M1-1, County 10, and Chief 1. Total Company 1 personnel: 18.




Saturday, December 6, 2014  The Bedford Fire Department held its annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday night after a very wet and short parade. The Ladies Auxiliary did an outstanding job with dinner again this year and all who attended enjoyed a great dinner and good fellowship. The children received gifts from Santa Claus while adults enjoyed the gift of Miss Scarlett's peanut butter pie. Thanks to everyone who attended to make this another memorable event.  



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