Big Island Volunteer Fire Department


Monday, April 14, 2014  1729 hours - Co. 2 and Sq. 2 were dispatched to the intersection of Big Island Hwy and Coltons Mill Road for the report of a two car MVC with 1 injury. At 1735 hours units arrived to find a two car head on crash with 1 apparent minor injury. E2 and CR2 arrived to control hazards and assist M2-2 with patient assessment and packaging. After opening the south bound lane all Co. 2 units returned to service. Units repsonding: E2, CR2, M2-2, M14-1.




Saturday, March 22, 2014  At 1423 Old Cifax Road Command requested for Co. 2 to be added to a brush fire near Old Cifax Road and Charlemont Road. Utility 2, ATV 2, and ATV2a responded with three men to assist. Once on scene we joined Co. 5 (Forest FD), Co. 3 (Boonsboro FD), Co. 1 (Bedford FD), and Campbell County Co. 12 (Brookville-Timberlake FD) in fighting a 25 acre brush fire. Both ATV's were in operation for 3 hours transporting equipment, and personnel to the fire. FC2 was assigned as spotter for Tractor 14, and later supervisor of the left flank. At approximately 1800 hours the fire on the left flank was in control and command released Co. 2 from the fire. All Co. 2 units were back in service at 1830 hours.




Saturday, March 15, 2014  At noon today Assistant Chief B. Konen, Captain T. Neas, and FF J. Branch ventured to Troutville to pick up and bring back Engine 2. The engine is now awaiting pump testing and decals before being placed back in service. It has been a long time coming, but we are very happy to have her back. Hugh's Body Shop did an amazing shop repairing rust, dents, and repainting the entire truck in addition to making several needed upgrades. Once the truck has been stripped photos will certainly be posted.




Tuesday, March 4, 2014 09:00-12:0 Back to back structure fires and an EMS fly-out assist kept Big Island and other Bedford County volunteers busy this morning.

The first alarm this morning was a second due structure fire assignment into Company 3's (Boonsboro) first due on Trents Ferry Road.

Barely getting the equipment back into the station the second alarm of the day was a first due structure fire assignment on Powell School Road in Big Island.

Again barely getting the apparatus into the station the third alarm of the day rings out for a med-evac. This was for a patient of the county career staff was providing medical care for.

Sorry, all hands working no time for pictures this time around.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 17:53 Company 2 units were alerted to four separate logging slash fires in Amherst county. Due to a cold front winds increased and had neighbors concerned about the potential for the fires to spread to adjacent wooded areas. Upon arrival brush 2 & 2A began suppression activities on the two piles closest to the wood line while command contacted the logging company to use equipment on site to cover the remaining piles of slash. Units cleared within an hour only to be alerted to a residential fire alarm on Charlemont road in Bedford county. Total personnel:11




Sunday, January 26, 2014 15:37 Company 2 units were alerted to a brush / field fire with one exposure. Brush 2 arrived on scene and found a two acre brush fire actively burning toward a wooded area and immediately started to knock the fire down. Brush 2A and Monelison Brush 2 arrived shortly after to make short work of what could have easily been a large scale incident. All units cleared within an hour. Units operating on scene were B2, B2A, T2 and Monelison B1 and T1




Saturday, January 25, 2014 06:18 Company 2 units were alerted of a chimney fire in the predawn hours. Units arrived to find light smoke coming from the chimney. After a quick investigation of the interior of the residence it was made a can handle for company 2 units on scene.




Monday, December 2, 2013  Tonight the Big Island Fire Department held our annual Officers Elections. The results were:

Chief: B. Cocke
Dep. Chief: TR Goff
Asst. Chief: B. Konen
Captain: T. Neas
Lieutenant: B. Branch
2nd Lieutenant: B. Edwards
President: R. Goff
V. President: S. Poindexter
Treasurer: M. Nowlin
Secretary: J. Branch
Comms: D. Goff
Chaplain: J. Rusher




Tuesday, November 26, 2013   The Big Island Christmas Parade will be this coming Sunday, December 1st. Lineup for the parade will begin at 1pm on the Blue Ridge Parkway James River bridge. At 3pm the green flag will drop and the parade will begin. We will travel down the parkway to Lee Jackson Hwy (Rt. 501). The parade route will go to the Georgia Pacific entrance before turning around and heading back to the firehouse. As always, the Jolly Ole Fella himself will be in attendance. Santa will be stopping by the firehouse after the parade to list the the good boys and girls Christmas list. It is not to late to enter into the parade. Please call the firehouse at 434-299-5674 and leave a message. Merry Christmas from the Big Island Vol. Fire Department, and please remember the reason for the season.




Saturday, September 14, 2013  1328 hrs - Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2 and Sq. 2 to a single ATV crash with injury on the South Pedlar ATV Trails. Co. 2 was staffed with 5 firemen due to a poker run in the area and heard Amherst Communications dispatch the call nearly 10 minutes prior to being dispatched by Bedford County. In this time we had already hooked up the trailer, loaded and strapped down both ATVs and was marking in route as our tones were sent out. Upon our arrival Lt. B. Branch established command and found no one to advise where the patient was. Command sent both of our ATVs with 2 men each into the trail system in separate directions in an attempt to locate the patient. Approx. 30 minutes elapsed before the patient was located and assessed. Due to not having the availability of the Sq. 2 EMS trailer hauling the patient out would take some time. Amherst County responded with a side-by-side UTV and trailer. All units and the patient were off the trail and back in service at 1732 hours.



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