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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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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.

     



 

PARTIAL EJECTION WITH SUBJECT PINNED ON BLUE RIDGE AVENUE

Monday, December 30, 2013  1627hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, and Medic 14-1 to the 900 block of Blue Ridge Avenue for a reported MVC with injury. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1630hrs to find two vehicles involved, one overturned with a partial ejection. Rescue 1 (with five) arrived and began stabilizing the SUV as EMS personnel worked to board the patient and control the airway. Carilion Lifeguard 10 transported the critically injured patient to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Units returned to service at 1730hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 15.

     



 

1st DUE WORKING FIRE: LANKFORD MILL ROAD

Thursday, December 26, 2013  2300hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (Forest-2nd due & RIT)  to 1451 Lankford Mill Road for a reported structure fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2012hrs to find a 25 x 75 masonary detached garage with heavy fire showing throughout. E-1 stretched a line to assume Fire Attack Group 1 as Chief 1 established Lankford Mill command and requested Tanker 2 (Big Island) to assist with water supply. Command then assigned Medic 14-1 to Fire Attack Group 2 , Ladder 1 (with six) to Division 1 performing overhaul and Rescue 5 to RIT. The fire was marked under control at 2359hrs but with multiple vehicles and equipment involved inside the structure,crews didn't return to service until 0145hrs. Units operating: E1, L1, W1, R1, R5, W5, U5, T2, Medic 1-4, Medic 1-1, Medic 14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 19.   

   


 

BEDFORD FIREHOUSE VIRTUAL STREET TOUR NOW ONLINE

Google Virtual Tour

Wednesday, December 18, 2013  For those viewers who live too far away to visit us in person we are excited to invite you to tour our firehouse with Google Streetview Tour. The 360 degree view technology allows viewers to "walk" through the apparatus bay and into the dayroom to see where our firefighters call home. Follow the attached link or Google "Bedford Fire Department" and follow the "View Inside" link. Click the white arrows to navigate through the station. Thanks to Google-certified photographer Bill Poff for making this possible. Visit his website at www.billpoff.com.

   


 

1st DUE WORKING FIRE: 719 LONGWOOD AVENUE

Saturday, December 14, 2013  2330hrs- A historic home built in 1891 was badly damaged by fire Saturday night. Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (Forest-2nd due & RIT) were alerted to 719 Longwood Avenue for a reported house on fire at 2330hrs. 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's crew stretched a line as Division 1 as Chief 1 established Longwood command. With heavy fire showing from the first floor, second floor, and attic, command ordered Ladder 1 (with six) to split its crew to assume Division 2 fire attack on the second floor and Search Group 1. Wagon 1 (with four) laid in from a nearby hydrant to establish water supply and then stretched a third line to the attic as Attic Division. Command requested a second alarm which added E9 (Montvale), E2 (Big Island), and W8 (Moneta). It took almost one hour and thirty firefighters to bring the fire under control at 0023hrs. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. Total Company 1 personnel: 18.

     



 
 
 

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