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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, July 30, 2014  2314hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Medic 14-1, and Special Operations Command to the intersection of Thornhill Lane and Dickerson Mill Road for the report of a motor vehicle crash into an occupied private dwelling. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2320hrs to find one vehicle with heavy damage and entrapment and two other vehicles with moderate damage into the structure. Chief 1 established command while E1's crew quickly triaged the scene to determine there was only one entrapment with injury and no structural damage to the home. As Rescue 1 (with six) arrived and began stabilizing to extricate command returned SOC to service. With heavy intrusion on the drivers side of the vehicle,  R1's crew removed both doors, the B post, and the roof to allow EMS to access and remove the patient. Units operating: E1, R1, M14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 15.




Monday, July 14, 2014  1641hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, and Medic 14-1 to Independence Boulevard in the area of the Bank of the James for the report of a head - on collision with multiple injuries. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1645hrs to find two vehicles blocking both lanes of traffic with heavy damage and entrapment. E1's backup stretched the trash line while E1's nozzle man and officer began triaging patients. Rescue 1 (with four) arrived and went to work stabilizing and working to extricate the driver of a small sedan who was the most critically injured. R1's crew removed the roof and performed a dash roll to remove the critically injured driver. Lifeguard 10 was utilized to transport that patient while three others were transported by ground. Units operating: E1, R1, U1, M14-1, M1-1, M9-2, and County 4. Total Company 1 personnel: 19.

Photo courtesy of Tom Wilmouth.

Photo courtesy of Tom Wilmouth.



Thursday, July 3, 2014  1812hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) , 9 (Montvale-2nd due), and 5 (Rescue 5-RIT) to the 5000 block of Peaks Road for reports of smoke showing from a detached garage. Chief 1 and Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1820hrs to find heavy fire showing from a 30x40 garage. Chief 1 established command while Engine 1 stretched a line into the interior as Fire Attack Group 1 with Medic 14-1 establishing the 2-out. Rescue 1 (with four) arrived and assumed Salvage Group 1 while Wagon 1 (with four) and Pumper 9 established water supply. Interior crews made an aggressive attack bringing the fire under control at 1830hrs. Units operating: E1, R1, W1, C1, P9, W9, T9, R5, Medic 1-2, Medic 14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 19.




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!  




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.




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  




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.




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.




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.




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.



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