Monday, March 18, 2013
Beginning April 2nd, 2013 we will begin
selling raffle tickets for former Command 2. This vehicle is a 2006 Ford
Crown Victoria Police Interceptor edition. It has 124,000 miles, new
throttle body, and recent state inspection. The car also has four new
Goodyear Eagle RSA tires valued at $1,200. These tires have a speed
rating of "W". All maintenance records from the time we have owned the
vehicle will go with the vehicle. Tickets will be sold for $5.00 per
chance. The drawing will use the Virginia Pick 3 at a time to be
Friday, April 19, 2013
We are now holding a silent auction for a fun filled, family event on July 4th, 2013. Up for bid is a Sky Box Suite at Lynchburg's City Stadium. The winning bidder will receive 12 tickets to the suite. In the suite you will enjoy the ability to enjoy the Hillcats beating the Frederick Keys inside the air conditioned suite, or in the eight outside balcony seats, comfortable indoor furniture, flat screen TV, private refrigerator, private sink, waiter/waitress service, and restrooms that are only accessible to the Sky Box Suites. After the game you can stay in the suite and enjoy the huge fourth of July fireworks show. Bids will be received by either stopping by the Big Island firehouse, calling 434-299-5674, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The bidding process will end at 5:00 pm on June 22nd.We would like to thank Kidd's Restoration & Cleaning Services and Billy Craft Honda for the generous donation of their Sky Box. We also want to thank WSET 13 (Angela Hatcher) and WDBJ 7 (Tim Saunders) for airing this fund raiser during their newscast.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
1803 - Bedford Communications dispatched Co. 2 and Sq. 2 (Big Island EC) to the Balcony Falls area of the James River in Bedford County. The caller, a CSX train advised they saw a green canoe hung up in the middle of the river with no one around it. FC2 (B. Cocke) requested that Bedford County S.O.C. (Special Operations Command) be added to the run. Upon arrival of M23, RC2 (L. Whorley) established the James River Command and advised there were several vehicles parked at the Appalachian Trail foot bridge and the boat ramp, but no one was around them. Upon the arrival of U2 along with SOC Boat Bravo RC2 passed Command to FC2. After only a few minutes SOC Boat Bravo, SOC Boat Alpha, and Sq. 2's boat were launched. After 40 minutes the canoe was located, and indeed was unoccupied. However, this caused more concerns as the SOC personnel found the canoe contained a drivers license, cell phone, and vehicle keys. They also found that the canoe was anchored in the middle of the river. This caused concern over the possibility that the occupant had gotten out of the boat did not make it back. The search of the area continued until dark, when the search was called off. The Conservation Police were on scene, and they were going to have the jurisdiction on the drivers license try to make contact with the person or his family. If no contact was made, it was planned for the search to resume in the morning. Fortunately FC2 received a phone call from Bedford Communications at 0930 this morning reporting the missing person had been found and was alive and well.Units operating on scene: M23, U2 w/ Bravo Boat, C2 w/ Sq. 2 Boat, U1 w/ Alpha Boat, C8 with SOC trailer, U5 w/ SOC trailer, B2, and VDGIF.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
1916 - Bedford Communications dispatched Co. 2 to respond and stage at Campbell Field in Buena Vista for a large urban interface fire. B2 and U2 responded with eight Firemen. Once they arrived they learned that the fire had grown to approximately 250. B2 and U2 were reassigned with an Engine company to provide structural protection of a large apartment complex. We are glad to say that no structures were damaged. All Co. 2 units returned to service at 0052 hours.
Friday, March 8, 2013
It's that time once again. Please remember
when you change your clocks on Saturday night or Sunday morning to also
change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors save
lives, so please make sure yours are working properly.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2013 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.
This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April
30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or
fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a
$500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a
fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well
as any damage caused to others’ property.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
2220 hours - Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2 first due (Big Island FD), Co. 3 second due (Boonsboro FD), Co. 1 RIT (Bedford FD), and Sq. 2 first due EMS (Big Island EC) to 1352 Panorama Acres for a reported structure fire. FC2 (B. Cocke) was first to arrive finding a two story wood frame residential structure with smoke showing from the chimney and the roof ridge vents. Due to the location of the home, and apparent working fire Command requested a special services call of Co. 5 (Forest FD). On Pumper 2's arrival the three man crew went to work finding smoke conditions on the main and second levels and heavy smoke in the attic. The fire was later located in the walls of the home around the chimney and quickly extinguished. After extinguishing the fire we spent time cleaning up some of the debris in an effort to help out the home owners, which they greatly appreciated. All units returned to service at 0038 hours. Units operating on scene: C2, P2, T2, FR1, E8, T3, R3, P5, M2-2, M14-1, and County 10. (E8 was operating as E2 due to E2 still being in the body shop)
Sunday, December 9, 2012 1900
Tonight the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department held our 2012 Ladies Night. The Ladies Night is a tradition that began in 1957 as a way for the department to show the wives and children of the firemen how much we appreciate them putting up with the sacrifices they make throughout the year. This year we broke part of the tradition and moved the dinner from the firehouse engine bay to the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center. After the meal was completed everyone asked, why didn't we do this years ago? The Ladies Auxilary decided instead of buying a gift for the fire department this year, they would buy a gift for each fireman. They presented each fireman with a very nice Christmas ornament. On one side of the ornament was a very nice color picture of our 1939 Chevrolet Oren pumper. On the back side of the ornament the year 2012 is engraved. The department would like to thank the Auxilary for this awesome gift. It was a very nice surprise to the men.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
At 1926 hours Bedford Communications alerted Co. 3 (Boonsboro FD), Sq. 3 (Boonsboro RS), Sq. 2 (Big Island EC), Medic 14-1 (BCoFR), and County 10 (BCoFR) to the intersection of Lee Jackson Highway and Eagle Eyrie Drive for a single car MVC, over turned with two entrapments. Due to the accident scene being only a few hundred yards from where we were holding our Ladies Night dinner, and we had Pumper 2 staffed with six men, Crash 2 staffed with two men, and Command 2 staffed with four men FC2 (B. Cocke) made the decision to respond as well. Within 3 minutes of the dispatch P2, CR2, and C2 were on scene and had began extrication. After extricating the patients and assiting in packaging and loading them into Medic 2-3 the scene was turned over to AC3 (M. Litchford). This allowed us to return to out awaiting families still at Eagle Eyrie having dinner.Units operating on scene: P2, CR2, C2, FR3, B3, M2-3.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Tonight the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department held it's election for decide on Officers for 2013. The results of the voting as as follows:Chief of Department: Brandon CockeDeputy Chief: T.R. Goff Jr.Assistant Chief: Burke KonenCaptain: Jimmy ChildressLieutenant: Bailey Branch2nd Lieutenant: Blair EdwardsPresident: Gary TomlinsonVice President: Donald CockeSecretary: Allen GunterTreasurer: Melvin NowlinCommunications: Jarrett BranchChaplain: John RusherThe department wishes to congratulate the Officers for 2013, and thank the Officers for 2012.
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