Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
Pay raise in forecast for Stafford first responders
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:37:12 -0800
Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors has approved a new pay plan for public safety personnel to make their jobs more competitive with other localities. The new pay scale, which is similar to pay grades used in the military and civil service, takes effect July 1. When it kicks in, all sworn deputy sheriffs, emergency communications officers and firefighters will be designated in pay grades PS 1 through 26 according to their specialty, where PS stands for public safety.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 6:37:12 PM - SOURCE: Fredericksburg.com
Demolition of 'Outdated' Reston Fire Station Delayed
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:46:06 -0800
The demolition of a fire station on 1820 Wiehle Avenue has been delayed. County officials estimated that the demolition, which would make way for a new and larger fire station, would begin in early December. Due to construction delays, it is likely the project will not begin until at least February. Until then, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said that firefighters will not move into the temporary station until late January.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:46:06 PM - SOURCE: Reston Now
Virginia firefighters hope this is the year cancer coverage ‘loophole’ is closed
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Firefighters are hopeful that 2020 will be the year that a loophole is closed in the system that provides cancer coverage to firefighters. On Wednesday, firefighters from across the state gathered at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond to once again call for the passage of bills that would amend the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Act to add several cancers — including brain, colon and testicular — to the list of presumed work-related illnesses in the act.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
Chesterfield Fire and EMS receive a helping paw
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:00:16 -0800
Chesterfield Fire and EMS has a new four-legged employee in the Fire Marshal’s office. Clover is a 17-month old female Labrador retriever trained in accelerant detection to assist fire investigators in determining the cause of fires. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducts a training program that pairs a fire investigator and canine to work alongside each other during a fire investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 4:00:16 PM - SOURCE: Chesterfield Observer
York County Fire and Life Safety responds to house fire
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:40:36 -0800
PHOTOS: The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety responded to a house fire Wednesday. The fire took place in the 100 block of Kay Lane, in the Tabb area. Fire and rescue units say they noticed smoke coming from the house upon arrival. Reports say there was no one in the home and the fire started in the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 4:40:36 PM - SOURCE: WTKR-TV CBS 3 Norfolk
Richmond County first responders commended for hectic holiday season
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:51:39 -0800
Richmond County’s first responders had a hectic holiday season and leaders of emergency medical services and the volunteer fire department praised their teams’ performance. December was a very busy month, EMS chief Mitch Paulette told the board of supervisors. The department had five flyouts, and three of them occurred on one day within four hours.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 3:51:39 PM - SOURCE: Northern Neck News
Volunteer firefighters in Augusta County fighting for better insurance coverage
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
First responders in Augusta County are working with county officials to come up with an insurance plan that offers better coverage for volunteer firefighters. Volunteer and career firefighters are held to the same standards of training and certifications but do not receive the same coverage if they are hurt or fall ill on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC/CW+ 29 CHARLOTTESVILLE
Family of six displaced after a house fire in Chesapeake
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 05:02:17 -0800
VIDEO: Two adults and four children are displaced after a fire damaged their home in Chesapeake on Tuesday night, fire officials said. The fire occurred in the 4000 block of Holly Cove Drive sometime after 11 p.m. Firefighters responded to the fire and found a fire in the kitchen. It took about 30 minute until the fire was out.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 5:02:17 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Keen Street Fire in Danville leaves house unlivable
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 01:43:55 -0800
The Danville Fire Department was dispatched to 500 Keen Street for a kitchen on fire at 6:57 pm. The first apparatus arrived to find light smoke from the front door of a small, two-story house. As the first company walked around the house they could see fire in the kitchen. Fire attack lines were pulled.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 1:43:55 AM - SOURCE: Chatham Star-Tribune
Asbestos forces Hampton fire station to close during remediation
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Hampton has a fire station with no firefighters and no fire trucks. The city had to close one of its stations for the time being after workers found asbestos. Fire Station 7 on Fox Hill Road was built in 1967. Last week, renovators were replacing some flooring and found what they thought was asbestos.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
Follow-up: Boy credited with saving Gretna family from their burning home
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 01:52:36 -0800
A Gretna family of nine is being assisted by the American Red Cross after a fire destroyed their home early Monday morning. The Gretna Volunteer Fire Department was called to the home in the 1500 block of Millstream Drive shortly after 2 a.m. The house was fully involved and it took crews about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 1:52:36 AM - SOURCE: WBTM-AM Oldies 1330
Fire destroys Appomattox County barn
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 01:49:27 -0800
At approximately 8 p.m., the Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 105 Humbles Farm Road, located off of State Route 615 between Oakville and Gladstone. The barn was fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews gained control of the fire quickly and then worked to tear the tin outer covering off of what remained of the burned wooden frame.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 1:49:27 AM - SOURCE: Appomattox Times-Virginian
Virginia Department of Fire Programs announces new deputy director
Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) announced Monday, Jan. 13 the appointment of its new Deputy Director. Dubé joins VDFP with over four decades of experience in firefighting and emergency management. Dubé last served as the fire chief of the Alexandria Fire Department, where he retired in July 2019.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSET-TV 13
Three displaced, one injured in Virginia Beach fire
Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Three people were displaced after a fire in Virginia Beach that left one person with minor injuries. Dispatchers say the call came in just after 3:30 p.m. for a residential fire in the 100 block of Hill Prince Road. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from the front door of the home. Crews entered the structure and found a fire in the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY- TV 10 NEWS
Henrico apartment complex catches fire, flames shoot through window
Sat, 11 Jan 2020 19:45:31 -0800
Henrico Fire was called to an apartment complex Saturday evening after one of the units caught fire. When crews arrived flames were shooting from a second-floor window. The fire sparked at 8:05 p.m. at 11 North at White Oak apartments on North Laburnum Avenue. Crews said the flames were put out quickly and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2020 7:45:31 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Fire destroys Gretna mobile home; no injuries
Mon, 13 Jan 2020 02:51:19 -0800
An early morning fire sent a Gretna family fleeing into the cold. Firefighters from Gretna and other volunteer departments responded to a report of a structure fire at 1585 Millstream Road at around 1:00 Monday morning. On arrival, they found the mobile home fully involved. Reports to this newsroom indicate that there were no injuries; however, the trailer was destroyed in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 2:51:19 AM - SOURCE: WBTM-AM Oldies 1330
Charlottesville Fire Department swears in new Deputy Chief
Fri, 10 Jan 2020 05:31:47 -0800
The Charlottesville Fire Department swore in Joe Powers as the new Deputy Chief alongside three new firefighters on Thursday at the Ridge Street Fire Station. Powers will lead the Community Risk Reduction Section, which will help members of the community and business owners prevent fires by providing leadership, direction, and initiatives.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 5:31:47 AM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV
Roanoke board approves Fire Station No. 1 upgrades
Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Roanoke’s Architectural Review Board on Thursday approved planned repairs and upgrades to the city’s historic Fire Station No. 1 to allow a developer to bring lodging and retail to the building. Because the 1907 building, at 13 Church Ave. S.E., is located in the city’s H-1 historic district, exterior changes must be approved by the city’s ARB.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Roanoke Times- Metered Site
Black Dog Salvage saves historic artifacts from Roanoke Fire Station No. 7
Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Black Dog Salvage saves historic artifacts from Virginia fire station Construction is well underway on the new Roanoke Fire Station No. 7. But before crews took hammers and excavators to tear down the old building, the fire department teamed up with Black Dog Salvage to save historic pieces of the old structure.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10 Roanoke
Fire breaks out on rooftop of Virginia Beach hotel
Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Crews responded to a fire at a hotel along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wednesday afternoon. The commercial fire at 2321 Atlantic Ave. was first reported around 12:20 p.m. That address is the Comfort Suites Beachfront, a high rise hotel along the boardwalk. According to fire department spokesman Art Kohn, the fire was contained to the rooftop and there were no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10
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