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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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D-Day Tribute

Monday, June 6, 2016  Bedford, Virginia... ‚Ä®Like eleven other Virginia communities, Bedford provided a company of soldiers (Company A) to the 29th Infantry Division when the National Guard's 116th Infantry Regiment was activated on 3 February 1941. Some thirty Bedford soldiers were still in that company on D-Day; several more from Bedford were in other D-Day companies, including one who, two years earlier, had been reassigned from the 116th Infantry to the First Infantry Division. Thus he had already landed in both Northern Africa and Sicily before coming ashore on D-Day at Omaha Beach with the Big Red One. Company A of the 116th Infantry assaulted Omaha Beach as part of the First Division's Task Force O. By day's end, nineteen of the company's Bedford soldiers were dead. Two more Bedford soldiers died later in the Normandy campaign, as did yet another two assigned to other 116th Infantry companies. Bedford's population in 1944 was about 3,200. Proportionally this community suffered the nation's severest D-Day losses. Recognizing Bedford as emblematic of all communities, large and small, whose citizen-soldiers served on D-Day, Congress warranted the establishment of the National D-Day Memorial here.

     



 

FIRST DUE FIRE

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  2158hrs Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford 1st Due), 7 (Huddleston 2nd Due), and 5 (Forest RIT) to the 1900blk of Montevideo Rd. located just outside of the Town limits for the report of a porch on fire. E1 arrived at 2209hrs to find a two story residence with heavy fire from sides Bravo, Charlie, and Delta with an immediate exposure of a 500lb propane tank. E1 crew of 4 stretched two lines one to the exposure and one to the residence. Rescue 1 with 6 arrived on scene two minutes after E1 and assisted with fire attack and began a search of the residence. With no municipal water supply in the area a water source was used from a dry hydrant located at the County landfill operated by T1 with a Tanker Task Force. The house which was built with heavy timber in the late 1800's was deemed unsafe to continue an interior attack by Command. The house was a total loss. Units operating on scene: E1, R1, W1, T1, U1, E7, T7, R5, T5, T8. Total Company 1 personnel: 18


   


 

RESCUE 1 AS RIT

Tuesday, April 19, 2016  1721hrs Bedford Communications alerted Companies 13 (Stewartsville 1st due), 8 (Moneta 2nd due), and 1 (Bedford RIT) for a reported structure fire located on Fair View Drive. County 10 was first to arrive to find a two story residence with heavy fire on sides Charlie and Delta. Engine 131 arrived shortly after and stretched a line to begin fire attack and assumed Command. Wagon 8-2 and set up water supply. Rescue 1 with 6 personnel split its crew to assist in fire attack on division 2 and established RIT on side Alpha. Units worked together on scene for over two hours until Command cleared all units. Units operating: E131, T13, E13, W8-2, T8, R1, County 10, M14-13. Total Company 1 personnel:12


   


 

WORKING FIRE: 1151 DAWN PLACE

Monday, March 14, 2016   0350hrs- Companies 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg), 8 (Moneta-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) were dispatched to 1151 Dawn Place for a reported house on fire.  Engine 131 was first to arrive to find heavy fire showing from a single-wide mobile home.  Rescue 1 (with six) established RIT but was returned to service by command shortly after the fire was knocked down and overhaul operations began.  Total Company 1 personnel: 9. 

   


 

ROLLOVER WITH ENTRAPMENT ON ROCK FORD ROAD

Wednesday, March 2, 2016  0830hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, and Medic 14-1 to Rocky Ford Road for a reported motor vehicle crash with entrapment.  Engine 1 (with four) arrived to find a single vehicle off the roadway with heavy damage and one occupant trapped.  Rescue 1 (with four) arrived and began stabilizing to remove the roof.  The driver was extricated and removed to Medic 14-1 who transferred care to Carilion LifeGuard 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 9.

     



 

1st DUE WORKING FIRE: SHEPHERDS STORE ROAD

Wednesday, February 17, 2016  0417hrs-  Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due), 8 (Moneta-2nd due) and 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg-RIT) to 1146 Shepherds Store Road for a reported house fire.  Engine 1 (with four) arrived to find a two-story wood frame private dwelling with heavy fire showing from sides Alpha and Delta.  E-1 began stretching lines as the fire attack group as Wagon 1 (with four) arrived and established command.  W8-2 established water supply at a dry hydrant near Flint Hill Road.  With no immediate water access, command requested a tanker task force which added Tankers 5, 12, and 13.  It took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire, which ran the attic, under control.  No injuries were reported but three residents were displaced.  Units operating: E-1, W-1, R-1, T-1, W-82, T-5,R-5, T-12, T-13, Medic 14-1, and County 10.  Total Company 1 personnel: 16.

     



 

YEAR ENDS WITH DOOR POP ON BIG ISLAND HIGHWAY

Thursday, December 31, 2015  1836hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 and Squad 1 (BLSC) to the intersection of Big Island Highway and Centerville Road for a reported T-bone accident with injury.  Engine 1 (with three) arrived to find two vehicles with heavy damage and occupants still inside one vehicle.  E1's officer (Lt. Scott) established command and notified R1 that a door removal would be necessary upon their arrival.  The door was quickly removed allowing access to the patient for removal.  With no response from the first due EMS agency, Medic 6-4 responded and transported the victim to Centra Bedford Memorial.  Total Company 1 personnel: 9.  

   


 

WORKING FIRE: 1186 PENN FOREST LANE

Thursday, December 24, 2015  0446hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 8 (Moneta-1st due), 13 (Stewartsvill3-Chamblissburg- 2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1186 Penn Forest Lane in Moneta for a reported house on fire. Engine 13-1 was first to arrive to find heavy fire showing from a single-story wood frame private dwelling. Rescue 1 (with five) was third to arrive and began assisting with fire suppression by orders of command. With a limited water supply in the area command requested additional tankers which added Tanker 1 (with two). Two residents were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Units operating: E13-1, W8, R1, E13, R13, M14-8, T1, T13, T12, and County 10.

     



 

WORKING FIRE: TOP BRANCH ROAD

Saturday, December 5, 2015  0137hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 8 (Moneta-1st due), 10 (Saunders-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1098 Trap Branch Road for a reported house on fire.  Medic 14-8 was first to arrive to find heavy fire showing from side Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie.  Wagon 8 was next to arrive and began stretching lines.  Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and split its crew to establish RIT and assist with fire suppression.  With much of the first floor collapsed from fire, crews were forced to a defensive attack for the entire operation.  Tanker 1 (with four) also responded and assisted with water supply and operations.  Units operating: W8, W82, T8, R1, T1, T7, T10, E10, Medic 14-8, Medic 7-3, County 10, and County 16.  Total Company 1 personnel: 15. 

   


 

FIRST DUE SPECIAL OPERATIONS CALL

Friday, October 9, 2015  1649hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Special Operations Command, Medic14-1, and County 10 to 751 South Street for the report of a 3 year old child stuck in a drain pipe. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1653hrs to find the childs leg stuck in a 4" PVC sewer line clean out. Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and by orders of command began digging earth away from the pipe to allow the pipe to be cut below the childs foot.  After digging down one foot the vertical pipe and horizontal pipe that T'd off in both directions was uncovered to allow the pipe to be cut off.  After lifting the child out of the hole firefighters reached through the pipe, removed her shoe, which allowed her foot and leg to slide out of the pipe.  Total extrication took just 30 minutes from start to finish. No injuries were reported. Units operating: E1, R1, M14-1, County 10, and TAC 1. Total Company 1 personnel: 12.

     



 
 
 

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