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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: 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. 

     



 

RESCUE 1 OPERATES ON NORTHSIDE FATAL MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT

Sunday, August 18, 2013  Rescue 1 (with six) along with other special operation units and the first due company (3-Boonsboro) responded to Lee Jackson Highway in the area of Eagle Eyre for an overturned vehicle with entrapment. Company 3 units arrived to find the vehicle overturned down a twenty foot embankment with both occupants trapped. After further investigation, Company 3 personnel discovered that the driver was fatally injured and the vehicles passenger was critically injured and pinned underneath the vehicle. As SOC units began to arrive, Chief 3 assigned Special Operations Chief Coleman to operations. Using ResQjacks, R-3 and R-5 lifted the vehicle enough to free the victim who was then brought to street level using a haul system that Rescue 1's personnel built. The victim was transported by ground to Lynchburg General Hospital.   

   


 

1st DUE WORKING FIRE: 515 SOUTH STREET

Sunday, August 18, 2013  2326hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (2nd due and RIT) to 515 South Street for a reported house on fire. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2331hrs to find smoke showing from a single-story wood frame private dwelling. E-1 and Medic 14-1 advanced a line into the interior as fire attack group 1 while Ladder 1 (with six) began the primary search and ventilation. The fire which had extended into the attic was located, knocked down quickly, and brought under control at 2351hrs. Units operating :E1, L1, W1, W5, R5, Medic 14-1, and County 10. Total Company 1 personnel: 15.

   


 

LOG TRUCK FIRE: FOUNDING WAY/TIMBER RIDGE ROAD

Friday, August 16, 2013  1549hrs-Bedford Communications alerted Company 1 to the intersection of Timber Ridge Road and Founding Way Road for reports of a tractor trailer on fire. Engine 1 (with 4) arrived at 1558hrs to find heavy fire showing from the cab of the tractor. E1 made a good knock down and the fire was contained to the tractor with no extension into the trucks load. Units operating: E1, R1, and W1. Total Company 1 personnel: 14. 

     
Photos courtesy of Mandy Baber

Photos courtesy of Mandy Baber



 

ENGINE 1 RUNS MOTORCYCLE CRASH

Friday, July 19, 2013   Just an hour after placing Engine 1 back in service Company 1 and Squad 1 were dispatched at 1910hrs to East Main Street at the Martin Luther King Byway exit ramp for a reported motorcycle crash. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1915hrs to find multiple law enforcement units who had been in pursuit of the now injured motorcyclist. Medic 1-1 quickly transported the victim allowing E1 and R1 to return to service at 1928hrs. Total Company 1 personnel: 12.  

   


 

ENGINE 1 BACK IN SERVICE

Friday, July 19, 2013  The officers and members of the Bedford Fire Department are proud to announce that Engine 1 is now repaired and back in service. Over seven months have passed since its December 1st accident and it has been sorely missed. Members spent ten hours today testing and packing hose, restoring loose equipment to its compartments, and fixing small issues that were discovered once back at quarters. Thanks to everyone who fought the 90 degree heat and 90 percent humidity to see that it got back in service today!  

   


 

NEW UTV PLACED IN SERVICE

Tuesday, July 16, 2013  A 2013 Polaris Ranger Crew has been placed into service as RAV-1 (Remote Access Vehicle). Made possible through DFP Aid to Localities funding, the unit was purchased to improve efficiency in wildland fire supression and EMS carryouts around the Peaks of Otter which have increased threefold in recent years.  RAV-1 is equipped with a Wildland Warehouse 50 gallon L-Shaped poly tank, Wick 80 4-stroke 100 psi pump, 100' of 3/4" pea hose on an aluminum reel, 1000' of 1" wildland hose, a removable poly tray for stokes basket operations, and Warn 4000lb winch. The unit will be housed and transported in a 16' Lark enclosed trailer.    

     



 

COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE: 1556 DAWN DRIVE

Monday, July 15, 2013  2045hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Companies 1 (Bedford-1st due) and 5 (2nd due & RIT) to 1556 Dawn Drive for the report of a roof on fire at Sam Moore Furniture. Wagon 1 (with four) arrived at 2051hrs to find light smoke showing from side A. While the wagon's crew (fire attack group 1) gained access to the roof from the interior, Ladder 1 (with six) set its aerial device to the roof as the roof division. A small fire on the roof was located and extinguished bringing the fire under control at 2105hrs. Command (Lt. Scott) made the incident a can handle for units on the scene. Units operating: W1, L1, R1, P1, P5, R5, M14-8, Medic 6-4, and County 10.  Total Company 1 personnel: 18.

   


 

STRANDED KAYAKERS RESCUED BY SWIFT WATER TEAMS

Thursday, July 4, 2013  2106hrs- At the request of Big Island's fire chief, Bedford Communications alerted Company 2 and Special Operations Command personnel to the James River for the report of several subjects stranded near the Appalachian Trail and James River. Because the call for help was made by cellular phone, the Amherst County 911 center received the emergency call for help first. With flood conditions on the James River, Chief 2, requested additional assistance from Lynchburg City and Rockbridge swift water teams. Water levels were too high to deploy boats at the boat landing near Snowden Dam so TAC 1, using its crane, lowered each boat into the river from Route 501. Utilizing three zodiac boats from three different agencies, the kayakers were safely brought back to the command post without incident.

   


 

FATAL ACCIDENT: MONETA ROAD & JOPPA MILL ROAD

Wednesday, June 12, 2013  1914hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, and Medic 14-1 to the intersection of Moneta Road and Joppa Mill Road for multiple reports of a two-vehicle MVC with a vehicle overturned. Wagon 1 (with four) and Chief arrived at 1921hrs to find one vehicle overturned and one vehicle with heavy passenger side damage. W-1's crew began triaging patients as Rescue 1 (with six) stretched their tools and cribbing to begin extrication. Wagon 1's personnel, working with personnel from Utility 1 (with four), Medic 1-3, and Medic 14-1, began treating and preparing patients for transport. With two patients critically injured, command requested two medivac helicopters for air transport. After both helicopters (Lifeguard 10 & Centra One) landed, paramedics chose to transport by ground because of rapidly diminishing patient conditions. Despite the efforts of many, both of the most critically injured patients were pronounced dead at the hospital. Total Company 1 personnel: 24. 

     



 
 
 

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