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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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LIVE-FIRE TRAINING FOR THE BFD

Thursday, October 24, 2013  Training is vital to a succesful company and you can never do too much. BFD firefighters train as a company twice a month and cover everything from salvage and overhaul to technical rescues like impalement and extrication. This months second drill focused on the bread and butter operations at structural fires. Units were dispatched to a multiple dwelling with smoke in the apartment and reports of people trapped. All units performed well with the obstacles that were presented. Total Company 1 personnel: 24. 

     



 

TOUR AMERICAL MAKES STOP AT BEDFORD FIREHOUSE

This 1956 Porsche 356 and 1978 Porsche 911 stopped by for a photo op.

This 1956 Porsche 356 and 1978 Porsche
      911 stopped by for a photo op.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013  Over 75 classic vehicles from as far away as Belgium traveled through the streets of Bedford this week as they participated in the Tour Americal. These highly popular and collectable cars made there way from New York City where they began and will finish in Miami Florida in two weeks. Numerous Porche's, Kharma Gia's, VW's, Royles Royce's and more could be seen traveling the streets of Bedford for several days as they came across the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the Town of Bedford.  

   


 

APPARATUS COMMITTEE FINALIZES NEW WAGON SPECS AT SEAGRAVE

Monday, October 14, 2013  Committee members have finalized the specifications for a 2013 Seagrave Marauder II 1500/1000 class A pumper during the pre-construction meeting held at the Seagrave Fire Apparatus factory in Clintonville, WI. The new unit will closely resemble Engine 1 with only minor changes to the body because of a larger tank size (1000 gallons). The unit will replace a 1988 Pierce Arrow that is currently used a reserve engine but once in service will become Wagon 1. The current wagon (2002 HME/M&W 1500/1250) will be re-assigned to Tanker 1. A special thanks to the committee who has worked countless hours to build the safest, most user friendly pumper available.

     



 

RESCUE 1 RUNS WAGON RIDE ACCIDENT

Friday, October 11, 2013  2238hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 9 (Montvale-1st due), Squad 9, Medic 14-1 (BCoFR) and Special Operations Command to 1815 Mountain View Church Road for reports of an overturned tractor and wagon with people trapped. Company 9 units arrived to find two teenage victims lying in a small creek trapped by the tongue of a wagon. Rescue 1 (with four) arrived at 2255hrs and assisted Company 9 in stabilizing the tractor and wagon. The wagon was carefully lifted and both patients were extricated by 2321hrs. Lifeguard 10 transported both critical patients while five others were transported by ground. Rescue 1 returned to service at 0005hrs.

   


 

ONE CRITICALLY INJURED IN FOREST ROAD ACCIDENT

Thursday, October 10, 2013  0924hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 (Bedford-1st due), Squad 6 (Goode), and Medic 14-5 (BCoFR) to the intersection of Forest Road and Goode Station Road for reports of a t-bone collision with injury. Medic 14-5 was the first unit to arrive to find two vehicles with heavy damage and possible entrapment. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 0932hrs and established command. Rescue 1 (with six) and Utility 1 (with two) responded for extrication but because EMS crews could access the critically injured patient from the passenger side weren't utilized. The single patient was transported by Medic 14-5 to Lynchburg General Hospital. Total Company 1 personnel: 14.

   


 

BEDFORD CELEBRATES THE BFD'S 125TH ANNIVERSARY

Saturday, October 5, 2013  A great crowd and weather helped the BFD celebrate 125 years of service to the community on the 5th. An antique fire apparatus parade with seventeen units traveled thru the downtown streets of Bedford, finishing at the Bedford Rec Field where they sat on static display until 5pm. The Amish Outlaws played a great set for a crowd of 700 supporters. Even Sammy, our firehouse bulldog who has been gone for almost two years now came by to say hello and wish us luck with the days events. Thanks to everyone who came out to participate; we had a great time celebrating and hope you did too! 

     



 

DOUBLE ENTRAPMENT WITH FLYOUT

Friday, October 4, 2013  0824hrs (A-shift day)- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 (BFD), Squad 1 (BLSC), Medic 14-9, and County 10 to the intersection of Peaks Road and Parker Road for reports of a head-on collision with multiple entrapments. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 0831hrs to find two vehicles, both with heavy damage and occupants trapped. 1st Lieutenant Jason Overstreet established Peaks Road command and requested medivac to lift if available. Rescue 1 (with six) arrived at 0834hrs and began stretching tools to both vehicles to extricate both critically injured patients. Brush 1 (with two) and Utility 1 (with four) established the LZ at Three Otters Road where Medic 14-8 and Medic 14-9 transported to an awaiting Lifeguard 10. Both patients were flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Units began clearing at 0950hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 17.

     



 

QUARTERLY SOC TRAINING: TRENCH COLLAPSE & HIGH ANGLE

Sunday, September 22, 2013   

     



 

CRUISE-IN BENEFIT RAISES MONEY FOR DEPARTMENT

Saturday, September 7, 2013  Over one hundred classic cars attended the 2nd annual cruise-in to benefit the Bedford Fire Department held on Saturday September 7th. The cruise-in featured live music, a cornhole tournament, and 50/50 raffle. Engine 1 (with four) stood by at the event between but left twice to answer to motor vehicle accidents. A special thanks to Smith Ferris, Stephani Moyer, and everyone who attended to make this another successful event.

     



 

VEHICLE FIRE: RUBY TUESDAY RESTAURANT

Sunday, August 25, 2013   1805hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to Ruby Tuesday restaurant for a reported vehicle on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1811hrs to find fire showing from the engine compartment with exposures on both sides. E1 made a quick knock down and held the fire to one vehicle. 

     



 
 
 

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