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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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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.




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.   




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.




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.




Thursday, December 12, 2013   2230hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 5 (Forest-1st due), 7 (Lynchburg Fire), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 18292 Forest Road for mulitiple reports of smoke showing from a commercial business. LFD Engine 7, Truck 2, and Battalion 2 were first to arrive to find heavy smoke showing from a single-story commercial building. Chief 5 arrived and established command while E5 laided in from the hydrant to establish water supply.  L-1 (with six) set up on side alpha and by orders of command made access to the roof for vertical ventilation.  Using a k-saw, Division 1 quickly forced entry through a side charlie roll-up door and extinguished fire located in the rear sector of a shoe store. Fire was contained to the Crazy Sexy Cool shoe store. The fire is being investigated by the Bedford County Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal's office. Units operating: E5, W5, R5, C5,U5, L1, LFD E7, E8, M7, T2, BC2, Medic 14-5, Medic 5-4, and County 10. Ladder 1 returned to service at 2345hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 16.




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.




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.




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.




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.



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. 



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