Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
Firefighter/medics finish 6-week training academy in Fauquier County
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:13:17 -0800
After more than six months of training, Fauquier’s newest class of first responders will graduate from recruit academy Friday night at Kettle Run High School. Stephanie Lewis, 23, a recruit who lives near Delaplane, sounds eager to join one of the county’s 10 fire and/or rescue stations. “I got into this solely because I like helping others,” Ms.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:13:17 PM - SOURCE: FauquierNow
Louisa County gets new emergency communications system
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:18:58 -0800
Louisa County is upgrading its emergency communications system to help six area counties all be on the same wavelength. The communication tower, which is under construction at exit 136 off Interstate 64 West, will help emergency crews respond faster and coordinate with surrounding counties in the event of a regional emergency.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 3:18:58 PM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV
Virginia’s spring wildfire season and burning law begins
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:11:26 -0800
Virginia’s 75-day spring wildfire season is set to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 15. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day until April 30, if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. Burning is allowed between 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:11:26 PM - SOURCE: Louisa Central Virginian
Update: Richmond pit bull that someone intentionally set on fire has died from his injuries
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:14:30 -0800
Richmond Animal Care and Control posted on Facebook at 5:47 a.m. that the pit bull known as Tommie had just passed away. "He had just finished having his bandages changed and stopped breathing; his body simply gave out," the Facebook post said. The post went on to explain that the reward for information leading the the arrest and conviction of the person responsible has risen to $25,000.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 4:14:30 AM - SOURCE: Lynchburg News & Advance
Valentine's day morning house fire displaces Herndon residents
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:54:16 -0800
A fire that broke out in a Herndon townhouse on Valentine’s Day has left two people displaced and caused roughly $115,000 worth of damage. Firefighters responded to the fire at a two-story, end-unit townhouse in the 2100 block of Oram Place shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday (Feb. 14), according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 6:54:16 AM - SOURCE: Reston Now
Virginia Beach firefighter's home destroyed by fire
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:30:06 -0800
The Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday night in the Bellamy Manor section of the city. Emergency Communications received a 911 call around 7:35 p.m. about a fire in the 1100 block of Candlewood Drive. The fire was considered under control by firefighters in under an hour, and no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:30:06 PM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Richmond: Reward fund tops $10k for Tommie, the pit bull set on fire
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:26:26 -0800
Donations have poured in generously for Tommie, the male brindle pit bull being cared for at Richmond Animal Care and Control after he was tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park, covered in an accelerant and set on fire Sunday night. But the dog’s prognosis is grim as shelter officials say his burns have worsened and cover nearly his entire body.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 3:26:26 AM - SOURCE: Richmond.com
Warren County: Staffing plan outlines need for 26 new firefighters
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:50:54 -0800
Warren County Fire and Rescue Services hopes to add 26 career staffers by 2025 for estimated costs between $4.7 and $5.5 million. Fire and rescue staff recently presented the Board of Supervisors a five-year staffing plan that Chief Richard Mabie said would help quell the downward trend in volunteerism coinciding with increasing emergency calls.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 3:50:54 PM - SOURCE: Northern Virginia Daily
Paying tribute to courage: Fallen Hanover firefighter to be honored with prestigious award
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:25:50 -0800
A fallen Hanover firefighter will be honored in April with the prestigious Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award during the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International. Hanover Fire & EMS Lieutenant Brad Clark was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 11 while responding to a crash on Interstate 295 South, when the area was feeling the impact of Tropical Storm Michael.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:25:50 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Portsmouth crews battle separate, major fires within 15 minutes of each other
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 04:43:27 -0800
Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services crews battled two fires early Wednesday morning. The crew responded to the first fire at an apartment around 1:01 a.m. in the 70 block of Riverview Avenue. Everyone in the apartment was safe. Officials said the fire was in the back wall of the building. A second fire at a house was called in around 1:13 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 4:43:27 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Williamsburg condo fire displaces two
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:40:33 -0800
Two adults have been forced out of their home after a condo fire in the 50 block of Priorslee Lane Tuesday. The City of Williamsburg Fire Department, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the James City County Fire Department arrived on scene at 4:51 p.m. to find smoke coming from the front door of the condominium.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 6:40:33 PM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News
Improper disposal of smoking materials causes Dunn Loring house fire
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:23:24 -0800
On Tuesday, February 12, at approximately 12:02 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 2200 block of Chestertown Drive in the Dunn Loring area of Fairfax County. Units arrived on scene to find a two-story, single family house with fire showing from the rear of the home. Crews quickly located and extinguished the fire which was beginning to extend into the attic.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 7:23:24 PM - SOURCE: Fairfax News
Retired firefighter who had cancer asks Virginia Beach council for help after state rejects his claim
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
During his early days as a firefighter, Stan Morse sometimes battled flames without a breathing apparatus, choking down the smoke. Over his 40-year career, he also cleaned the underside of firetrucks with a toxic chemical that has since been taken off the market. Morse also breathed in diesel engine fumes powerful enough to blacken the fire station walls.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Virginian-Pilot
Roanoke Fire-EMS tries social media blitz to solve enrollment struggles
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:32:57 -0800
Crashed cars, burning buildings: it's all in a day's work for Deputy Chief Marci Stone. But lately, she and the Roanoke Fire Department have been facing a different kind of challenge. Every spring, Roanoke Fire/EMS tries to recruit a new class of firefighters. And every year, fewer and fewer people apply.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:32:57 AM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Acclaimed volunteer firefighter concludes half-century of service in McLean
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:16:32 -0800
During his 52 years with the McLean and Great Falls volunteer fire departments, Homer Johns has told firefighters and emergency medical personnel under his charge that their responsibilities are to their families, jobs and volunteering – in that order. “To me, family always comes first,” said Johns, 87.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 5:16:32 AM - SOURCE: Inside NoVA
'Different level of cruelty’: Dog tied to fence, set on fire in Richmond
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:57:25 -0800
A dog that was tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire is being cared for by Richmond Animal Care and Control. RACC said the dog, a male pit bull, was tied up in Abner Clay Park off Clay Street on Sunday night, covered with a flammable liquid and set on fire. The dog, which has been named Tommie, suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 4:57:25 PM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Roanoke County apartment fire ruled accidental; damages exceed $30K
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:41:51 -0800
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue has concluded its investigation and found that the cause of the cause of the Oakgrove Village fire was accidental, but the exact cause is not known. The damages are estimated at $30,000. The blaze displaced three units, a total of five adults and two children, officials said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 11:41:51 AM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Arlington firefighters extinguish blaze at home near Ballston
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:08:03 -0800
Arlington firefighters extinguished a blaze at a home under construction in a neighborhood near Ballston early this morning. First responders were called to the 4600 block of 13th Street N., in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood, around 1 a.m. today (Tuesday). The fire broke out the basement of a two-story house that was currently being worked on, according to the county fire department’s Twitter account.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 6:08:03 AM - SOURCE: ARLnow.com
Shenandoah County adopts plan to centralize volunteer fire departments
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:36:02 -0800
Shenandoah County supervisors adopted a strategic plan to combine fire and rescue services throughout the county on Thursday night — moving volunteer departments throughout the county under one roof. The plan lays out a handful of goals, including recruitment and retention; organizing the new partnership between departments by creating a leadership committee and training new members.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 9:36:02 PM - SOURCE: Northern Virginia Daily
Region: ‘They’re pioneers’, Two women rise through the male-dominated ranks of D.C.’s fire department
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Young cadets Queen Anunay and Kishia Clemencia stood out in their class at the D.C. fire academy as being among the few women in a male-dominated field. Of the department’s 1,550 members at the time, 35 were women. Fast forward nearly three decades, and Anunay and Clemencia are the ones in charge. The two women were appointed in recent months to battalion chief posts at the department — promotions that made them the third and fourth women to hold the positions in the 135-year-old department’s history.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post- Metered site
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