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5-7-15 Willowbrook Lane Working Fire PDF  | Print |

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As crews from Companies 1 and 7 gathered for a ropes training session at Station 1, tones dropped for a reported mobile home on fire, with smoke showing from underneath the trailer, in the Willowbrook Trailer Park. Wagon 1 (with 4), Engine 7, and Rescue 152 (with 2) responded and arrived within 6 minutes of notification. Crews found a wood-frame, mobile home structure fully involved. Wagon 1 assumed fire attack responsibilities, while Engine 7 assumed Command and hooked up with Wagon 1 to provide a temporary water supply. Bystanders advised fire crews that everyone had evacuated, however there were multiple pets unaccounted for. Initial crews made a rapid knockdown and controlled the fire within 15 minutes. Crews then began the search for the missing dogs and cats. Search crews managed to remove seven pets, however one dog perished in the fire. EMS on scene provided oxygen therapy to the animals. Salvage and overhaul was performed, helping the homeowners find some valuables after the fire. Crews operated for over two hours before returning to service.

Companies/units operating: Blue Ridge (Wagon 1, Air 1, 150, 152), Read Mountain (Wagon 12), Troutville (Engine 2, Utility 2), Botetourt County Fire & EMS (Chief 100, Chief 101, EMS 7, Engine 7, Medic 752), and AEP. Engine 3 (Buchanan) relocated to Station 2 to provide staffing for the Southern Battalion. Media coverage: Botetourt County, WSLS 10, and the Roanoke Times.

 
2-14-15 Shady Grove Brush Fire PDF  | Print |

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On the morning of Valentine's Day, Company 1 was dispatched as 2nd due for a controlled burn that had gotten out of control and was rapidly spreading on Woodcroft Drive in the Shady Grove section of Bedford County. With an in house crew, Brush 1 responded within two minutes of dispatch and was one of the first units to arrive. Crews found an approximate 4 acre brush fire heading up Porter's Mountain. Crews from Stewartsville-Chamblissburg arrived next and established Command. Not long after, Command began requesting additional resources due to continued spread due to dry and windy conditions. Wagon 1 and Utility 1 (with the ATV) also responded to assist with water supply and fire containment, respectively. Crews managed to protect endangered structures and contain the fire after it had spread roughly 11 acres in four hours. The scene was turned over to the Department of Forestry for further monitoring. Departments operating: Blue Ridge, Troutville, Read Mountain, Bedford, Chamblissburg, Moneta, Montvale, Hardy, Stewartsville, Shady Grove, Bedford County Fire & Rescue, and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

 
1-11-15 Blue Ridge Flue Fire PDF  | Print |

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Company 1, Rescue 1, Company 12, and Medic 12-7 were dispatched to a reported flue fire on Mountain Pass Road in Blue Ridge. Engine 1 (with 3) responded and was first to arrive, finding a two story residential structure with light smoke showing from the chimney. The Engine's crew established command, raised the extension ladder to the chimeny, and began checking the interior for extension. Wagon 1 (with 4) arrived next and assisted with extension checks and containing the flue fire. With no extension, Command advised a can handle for Company 1 and Medic 12-7, returning Wagon 12. Units operated for over an hour, before returning to service. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Engine 1, Wagon 1, Utility 1), Botetourt County Fire & EMS (EMS 7), and Roanoke County Fire & Rescue (Medic 12-7).

 
1-9-15 Multi Vehicle MVC PDF  | Print |

1-9-15 Rear Ended Vehicle

At approximately 5 PM, Company 1, Rescue 1, and Medic 752 were dispatched to a reported two vehicle crash near the Blue Ridge Post Office. Rescue 152 and Engine 1 were first to arrive and began incident stabilization. With no entrapment, Wagon 1 and Squad 1 arrived and were assigned to traffic control. Crews remained on scene until the vehicles were removed from the roadway and all five patients were transported to the hospital. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Engine 1, Wagon 1, Squad 1, 152), Botetourt County (Medic 752, Medic 754), and Virginia State Police.

 
1-4-15 Falling Tree Causes MVC PDF  | Print |

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At 7:51 PM, Company 1, Rescue 1, and Medic 754 were dispatched to a reported vehicle accident involving a fallen tree on Sherwood Drive. Rescue 152 arrived first, finding a tree blocking the roadway and no injuries, returning Medic 754 service. Company 1 apparatus arrived next to assist with traffic redirection and tree removal efforts. Due to poor weather conditions, the tree had reportedly fallen and struck the vehicle as it was passing through. Crews returned a short while later, once VDOT was on scene to remove the tree from the roadway. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Wagon 1, Squad 1, Brush 1, 152).

 
1-4-15 Davis Road Flue Fire PDF  | Print |

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Company 1, Rescue 1, Company 12, and Medic 12-7 were dispatched to a reported flue fire on Davis Road. While units were responding, Dispatch advised that the structure was listed as a small senior living center. Medic 12-7 arrived first and advised they had a single story residential structure with light smoke showing from the chimney. After initial investigation, it was determined that the building was no longer functioning as a senior living center. Captain 1 arrived next and established command. Command advised the fire appeared to be contained to the flue. With no patients, Rescue 152 and EMS 7 were assigned to investigate for extension in the attic and basement, while Engine 1 (with 3) was sent to the roof. Wagon 1 (with 3) arrived next and assisted with operations. With no extension, a can handle was made returning remaining units to service. After an hour of operations, all units cleared. Departments and units responding/operating: Blue Ridge (Engine 1, Wagon 1, 152), Troutville (Engine 2), Botetourt County Fire & EMS (EMS 7, Medic 753), and Roanoke County Fire & Rescue (Medic 12-7).

 
12-13-14 Buchanan Brush Fire PDF  | Print |

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While Air 1 and other County units were on scene of the HazMat spill near Eagle Rock, Company 3 (Buchanan Fire) was dispatched for a brush fire on Solitude Road in Arcadia. A request for additional manpower and brush trucks was made due the size and spread of the fire. Utility 1 (with 2) responded to fulfill the assignment. Utility 1 arrived and assisted with fire suppression efforts, containing remaining hot spots and cutting a line. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Utility 1), Troutville (Brush 2, Utility 2, RTV 2), Buchanan (Reserve 3, Tanker 3, Brush 3, Utility 3), Fincastle (Brush 4), Glasgow (Attack 2, Utilty 2), Botetourt County Fire & EMS (Division Chief 1, Medic 753), and the Virginia Department of Forestry (Forestry 2).

 
12-13-14 Botetourt Road MVC with Haz-Mat PDF  | Print |

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At 7:51 AM, Company 5, Rescue 5 (Eagle Rock Fire & Rescue), and Medic 754 (Fincastle Career EMS) were dispatched for a reported single tractor trailer accident at the intersection of Botetourt Road and Elburnell Drive. Personnel from Eagle Rock arrived to find a tractor trailer overturned with toxic vapors coming from the tanker.  The call was promptly upgraded, adding Company 1 (Blue Ridge Fire) for Air 1, Company 4 (Fincastle Fire), Company 6 (Glen Wilton Fire), the on-duty Emergency Services Administrator, and the Division 6 Regional HazMat Team (Roanoke City/Salem City Fire). The hazardous material carried, an ammonia agent, prompted officials to issue a temporary evacuation of the area. The low lying vapors were able to be contained by a water stream. Regional HazMat crews arrived a short time later to contain the spill and remove the remaining product. A wrecking crew was also tasked with uprighting the tractor trailer. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for minor injuries as a precautionary measure. Route 220 was shut down for over 8 hours, causing traffic to be turned around.  All units were clear from the scene by 4 PM.


Agencies and units operating throughout the incident: Blue Ridge (Air 1, Utility 1), Fincastle (Engine 4, Tanker 4, 457), Eagle Rock (Attack 5, Tanker 5, Utility 5, Car 5, 550, 555), Glen Wilton (Tanker 6, Utility 6), Botetourt County Emergency Services (County 1, Division Chief 1, Division Chief 2, Battalion Chief 7, EMS 7, Medic 752, Medic 753, Medic 754), Division 6 Regional HazMat Team (HazMat 1, HazMat 2, Support 2, Reserve Medic 902, and additional apparatus), W.E.L. Environmental Services, Botetourt County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and Virginia Department of Transportation.

 
12-9-14 Vehicle into Building PDF  | Print |

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Company 1 and Rescue 1 were dispatched to the 700 block of Blue Ridge Blvd for a reported single vehicle crash into a building. Wagon 1 (with 3) arrived first, finding a vehicle into the Cater Bank & Trust building. The vehicle appeared to have been traveling westbound and jumped the curb, before striking the building. Crews evaluated the structure, but the building appeared to be sound. None of the three occupants in the vehicle reported injuries. Squad 1 and Utility 1 arrived next and assisted with controlling utilities and remained on scene for a short period. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Wagon 1, Squad 1, Utility 1, 152).

 
12-4-14 MVC with Entrapment PDF  | Print |

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Company 1, Rescue 1, and Medic 12-7 were dispatched for a MVC with possible entrapment in 3100 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard. Wagon 1 and Squad 1 arrived first and found a vehicle off the road, into the woods, on its side. Company 1 quickly went to work stabilizing the vehicle and clearing access for additional crews. With the vehicle stabilized and the roof removed within 18 minutes of arrival, EMS crews were able to extricate the patient out and additional resources were returned to service. Company 1 assisted EMS with packaging and the patient was transported to the local trauma center. Units returned to service after the vehicle was removed. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Wagon 1, Squad 1, Brush 1, Utility 1), Troutville (Squad 2), Botetourt Fire & EMS (EMS 7, Engine 7, Medic 752), Roanoke County Fire & Rescue (Medic 12-7), and Virginia State Police.

 
11-15-14 MVC with Ejection PDF  | Print |

11-15-14 MVC

At approximately 6:30 AM, Company 1, Rescue 1, and Medic 752 were dispatched for a reported MVC with one ejection and a vehicle on its side at the intersection of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Heritage Drive. Wagon 1 arrived first and found a single vehicle on its side with confirmed ejection near the Stonehaven Lane intersection. The Wagon crew checked on the patient and found they had suffered a leg injury, but were responsive. Patient care was turned over to Medic 752, upon their arrival. Squad 1 also arrived and handled traffic control. EMS transported the patient to the local trauma center, while Blue Ridge crews remained on scene for over an hour, before returning to service. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Wagon 1, Squad 1, 150), Botetourt County Fire & EMS (EMS 7, Medic 752), and Virginia State Police.

 
11-14-14 Flue Fire PDF  | Print |

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Not long after 9:30 PM, crews were dispatched for a reported flue fire on Dove Lane in Blue Ridge. Engine 1 (with 4) arrived first and began investigation. Wagon 1 (with 4) arrived next and began throwing ladders to access the chimney. Crews determined that the fire was contained to the flue with no extension. Once the fire was extinguished, crews returned to service. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Engine 1, Wagon 1), Read Mountain (Wagon 12), and Botetourt County Fire & EMS (EMS 7, Engine 7, Medic 752).

 
11-11-14 Parkway MVC leads to SOTT Response PDF  | Print |

11-11-14 Squad 1 on SOTT run

During the afternoon hours, Buchanan Fire & EMS crews, as well as, the County's Special Operations & Tactics Team were dispatched to single vehicle crash over an embankment on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Squad 1 responded to assist with the SOTT assignment and was the first squad truck to arrive. Crews found the vehicle down an approx. 200 feet drop. Captain Trevilian was assigned as the EVAC leader and assisted with the effort to establish a rope system for crews to reach the patient and bring them up the embankment. After the patient was packaged and brought up, they were transported by Life-Guard to the hospital.

Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Squad 1), Buchanan (Engine 3), Fincastle (Squad 4), Botetourt County Fire & EMS (Division Chief 1, Division Chief 2, EMS 7, Engine 7, Medic 753, Medic 754), Read Mountain (Utility 12), and Life Guard 12.

 
8-17-14 Residential Kitchen Fire PDF  | Print |

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Shortly after 10 AM, crews were dispatched for a reported kitchen on fire on Hillcrest St in Blue Ridge. Engine 1 arrived first and found that the homeowner had managed to knock down the fire. With no visible fire, crews began salvage and overhaul operations. No extension was found within the walls and Command (Captain 1) advised a can handle, returning units from Read Mountain and Botetourt County. The fire was believed to have started because of unattended cooking. The Department would like to remind everyone to always remain attentive when cooking and make sure that smoke detectors are present and working within any kitchen area. Departments and units operating: Blue Ridge (Engine 1, Wagon 1, 152).

 
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