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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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VEHICLE FIRE: THAXTON SCHOOL ROAD

Thursday, December 5, 2013  1713hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to Thaxton School Road for a reported vehicle fire. Engine 1 (with four) and Chief 1 arrived at 1719hrs to find heavy fire showing from the vehicles passenger compartment. E-1's crew stretched the trashline and quickly brought the fire under control at 1723hrs. Rescue 1 (with five) helped rack hose before all units cleared at 1740hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 12.

     


 

MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT-CENTERVILLE ROAD

Wednesday, November 20, 2013  0718hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad's 1 & 6, Medic 14-5, and County 10 to the 1700 block of Centerville Road for a reported motor vehicle crash with entrapment. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 0725hrs to find the vehicle on its side with heavy damage. After confirming entrapment, command (Hacker) advised Rescue 1 (with five) that they would be going to work on their arrival. After stabilizing with ResQjacks, the roof was cut to allow EMS to access the patient. Medic 14-5 transported the patient to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Total Company 1 personnel: 10.

     



 

CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS-CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES

Smoke Alarm Reminder

Did you know that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half? Roughly two thirds of house fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Residents should make it a habit to change batteries in their smoke alarms twice a year when clocks are changed for daylight savings time. If you are in need of smoke detectors and/or can not physically install or check alarms please contact us; through grants we offer free smoke alarms which we will install by appointment. Other helpful tips include:


  • Smoke alarms should be installed outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be kept at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten (10) years old. If you have alarms that were installed before November 1, 2003 they should be replaced immediately.
  • Utilize electronic reminders such as the website listed in the attached video.



   


 

WORKING FIRE: 1320 HEADENS BRIDGE ROAD

Monday, October 28, 2013  1049hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 8 (Moneta-1st due), 7 (Huddleston-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 1320 Headens Bridge Road for the report of fire showing from a private dwelling. Because the incident location was just outside Company 1 first due territory, Wagon 1 (with four) responded in the place of Ladder 1 which added Company 13 (Stewartsville-Chamblissburg) as RIT. County 10 and Medic 14-8 (BCoFR) were first to arrive at 1056hrs to find a two-story wood frame private dwelling with heavy smoke showing from sides Charlie and Delta. County 10 established command and called for a tanker task force as Wagon 1 arrived at 1101hrs and began stretching lines into the interior as Fire Attack Group 1. W-1's crew knocked down fire on the first floor before making their way to the attic to extinguish the bulk of the remaining fire. Medic 14-8 and R-13 performed overhaul to extinguish the remaining hotspots in Division 2 to bring the fire under control. Wagon 8-2 established water supply while W-8, P-7, E-7A, T-10, and T-5 staged as the tanker task force. The fire was marked under control at 1126hrs. Units began returning to service at 1215hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 9.   

     

(Left) 1320 Headens Bridge Road on Wagon 1's arrival. (Above) Fire marked under control at 1126hrs. Photos courtesy of Kim Adams.

(Left) 1320 Headens Bridge Road on Wagon
      1's arrival. (Above) Fire marked under
      control at 1126hrs. Photos courtesy of
      Kim Adams.



 

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! 

     



 
 
 

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