Big Island Volunteer Fire Department

Fund Raising Mailout

Monday, March 16, 2015  Recently the Big Island Fire Department mailed out our annual fund raising letters. In all, 1,400+ letters were sent out to residences in our first due response area. Our first due response area in Bedford County is: Big Island Hwy from Millstone Tea Room north to Lee Jackson Highway. Charlemont Road to Blackfoot Road. Lee Jackson Highway from the Snowden Bridge to Rocky Mountain Road. In Amherst County: Elon Road from the Rockbridge County line to Buffalo Springs Turnpike. All of West Perch Road, and portions of Perch Road and Minors Branch Road. Please consider donating to the fire department as government support alone cannot support our operations. You may donate by mailing you donation to: P.O. Box 122 Big Island Va, 24526 or by clicking on the PayPal link at the top of this webpage. You will receive a Thank You card in return that could be used as a receipt. Remember, we are a 501(c)3 organization.  Thank you in advance!



Coleman Falls Brush Fire

Saturday, March 21, 2015 1730 At 1730 hours Co. 2 was dispatched to Cove Creek Farm Road in Coleman Falls to assist Co. 3 with a brush fire. B2, B2a, and T2 arrived to find an approximate 3 acre brush fire in steep, wooded, and rocky terrain with two residences threatened. B2 was assigned to structural protection, and then to cutting lines and assist with extinguishment of the fire. B2a was also assigned to extinguishment on the lower portion of the fire. Co. 3 and Co. 5 extinguished the head of the fire and worked down the flanks to us. 



Large Animal Rescue In Coleman Falls

Saturday, March 21, 2015 1315 Co. 2, Co. 3, and Special Operations Command were alerted to an address on Lee Jackson Hwy in Coleman Falls due to a horse stuck in a pond. C2 was first to arrive and found an exhausted female horse lying on her side, on the bank of the pond. The owners were able to remove her from the water using ropes, chains, and a tractor. After the arrival of S.O.C. personnel the horse was warmed up using tarps and warm water. After eating some apples and hay she was finally able to stand up on her own. When all units cleared up, Delilah was standing safely in her stall, eating and drinking. Special thanks to Dr. Holiday from the a Bedford Animal Hospital for agreeing to come out and check on the health of Delilah. 



Fancy Farm Rd Field Fire

Monday, March 16, 2015 1330 At 1530 hours Co. 2 was dispatched to Fancy Farm Road in Co. 1's first due to assist with an out of control fire. B2 arrived to find an approximate 3 acre field fire. B2 went to work with B1, T1, and RAV1 in extinguishing the fire. After about an hour of work, all units returned to service.



Fire on the mountain.

Sunday, February 8, 2015  Around 07:00 this morning Company 2 members were alerted to a second due assist brush fire call. The first unit was on the road within 10 minutes of the request for assistance. Units arrived to find Company 3 working around the exterior of a large private residence that was located on the side of a steep mountain. Crews located the origin and disconnected the faulty equipment. As more manpower arrived we split our groups to check for extension into the house and another group to contain the fire.

Hats off to the guys at Company 3 for getting a truck on the road quickly, relaying the correct address information and doing what had to be done to protect the structure.

Units responding Brush3, Wagon3, Brush 2, Brush 2A, Tanker 2 and Utility 2



Big Island Highway MVC gets Engine response

Saturday, January 24, 2015  At 08:45  Big Island Volunteers were alerted for a single vehicle into a utility pole in the 11300 block of Big Island Highway. Engine 2 w/5 Utility 2 w/1 arrived to find the vehicle unoccupied and the patient at the Sedalia Country store. Engine 2 split its crew to check on the condition of the patient and secure the accident scene. Upon further investigation there were no fluid leaks from the vehicle however the utility pole had been compromised. Units returned to service shortly afterwards.



TBT - March 9, 1972 - A propane truck crashes and explodes in Coleman Falls.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 14:30 TBT - Thought we would share some department history with the community for those who may have forgotten or like me, to young to remember. Check out the news paper clipping for story details.

If you would like to see more historical events let us know.



Possible structure fire / Amherst County

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  At 21:07 Company 2 units were alerted to a possible structure fire in Amherst County. The Engine w/4 was on the road responding within 7 minutes. Monelison Fire units responding POV updated incoming units that the fire was contained to a heating blanket. Engine 2 continued to the scene to check the area and electrical outlets with the TIC and collect information. Units cleared shortly afterwards.



MVA- School Days Road

Monday, December 29, 2014  At 20:13 hours Company 2 members were alerted to a single car MVC on School Days Road. Engine 2 (with 4) was responding within minutes of the alarm sounding thanks to members practicing drills at the firehouse. Units arrived to find a single vehicle off the road with moderate to heavy front end damage. EMS units traveling POV were already attending to the patient with the Medic truck arriving shortly there after. The single patient was transported via medic unit to a near by hospital. 




Saturday, December 20, 2014  At 16:04hrs. Company 2, Squad 2, Medic 14-5 and SOC (Special Operations Command) units were alerted to (3) three subjects that were stranded on an island in the James River just above the parkway bridge. Units arrived at the boat landing area and launched the Bravo Zodiac with FF's Neas and Edwards to investigate the call further. After reaching the caller it was learned that the subjects boat had drifted away, unnoticed. Bravo boat and it's crew assisted the boaters back to the boat landing without incident. 



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