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.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
1609 hrs - Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2 Sq. 2, and BCoFR M14-5 to a single motorcycle crash with 1 possible injury. Dispatch advised the crash was on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 68. P2 and EMS2-1 arrived at nearly the same time to find a single bike off the road on it's side with the rider sitting on the bike. After EMS assessed the patient, and learning he did not want to be transported M14-5 was returned to service. P2 stood by at the crash until the arrival of the Park Ranger. Units responding: P2, B2a, EMS2-1, and M14-5. Co. 2 units returned to service at 1719.
Friday, August 9, 2013
2310 - The winning ticket for the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is ***4-1-7***Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets, and congratulations to the winner!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The drawing date for the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, formerly Command 2 has been selected. The winner will be selected at the 11:00 pm drawing of the Virginia Pick 3 on Friday, August the 9th 2013. We still have a small number of tickets available to sell. Tickets that go unsold will remain property of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company Incorporated. We no longer have a need for this car, so please buy these tickets up! Good luck to everyone who has already purchased tickets.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
1415- Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2 for car fire at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. Upon arrival we found a Ford F-150 with heavy fire in the engine and passenger compartments. The fire was quickly knocked down. After checking for extension to the surrounding vehicles Co. 2 returned to service at 1448 hours. Units responding: T2, b2a, and C2.
Friday, July 5, 2013
1541 - Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2 and Sq. 2 (Big Island EC) to the area of MP76 on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a single motorcycle crash with one injury. Upon the arrival of P2 we found a single motorcycle off the road, and down an embankment with the one patient lying on the ground. P2's crew checked for hazards with the bike and attended to the patient until the arrival of M2-3. At this point P2 assisted M2-3 with patient packaging and loading into the ambulance. P2 returned to service at 1706 hours. Units operating on scene: P2, M2-3, EMS3, and Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
At 2021 hours Bedford Communications dispatched Co. 2 and Sq. 2 (Big Island EC) to the James River in the area of the Appalachian Trail footbridge. The call was first received by Amherst County 911 due to the call being placed by cell phone. The caller reported that four people from the age to teenagers to mid twenties were stranded along the river back. The people had been camping in the area of Balcony Falls when the heavy rain set in, drastically rising the river. Due to the conditions of the river they decided to tie up their canoes and wait for help. Amherst County Public Safety Director, Gary Roakes and a Lieutenant from the Amherst County Sheriff's Office attempted to hike in to them. When they arrived in the area they found them down a 50 to 60 foot rock bluff with no known access to them. Upon the arrival of Chief 2 (B. Cocke) and Assistant Chief 2 (B. Konen) a survey of the river was conducted. It was determined that additional resources were needed due to the river conditions. Also needed was the Bedford County Special Operations Command TAC1. This piece of apparatus was needed to utilize it's crane to lift up the Zodiak boats and set them in the river. Due to the high water the boats could not launch at the boat ramp and get under the Elon Road bridge. Upon the arrival of the Special Operations Command personnel it was determined additional swift water technicians were needed from Rockbridge County Co. 2 (Glasgow FD) and the City of Lynchburg FD. After getting the boats into the water, all three rescue boats battled complete darkness, blinding rain, and an extremely swollen and fast moving river with floating debris. After 19 minutes the three boats had made it to the 6 stranded victims and brought them back to the command post. This call exemplifies our ability to work together with multiple agencies from multiple jurisdictions. All victims were checked by EMS and were released. Co. 2 units returned to service at 0022 hours. Units operating on scene: C2 w/ Squad 2's boat, U2 w/ SOC Bravo Boat, M2-2, U1 w/ SOC Alpha Boat, U5 w/ Swift Tac 5, TAC1, SOC4, Lynchburg U1 w/ Swift Water Boat, Glasgow FD U2, Amherst County Public Safety Director G. Roakes, Deputy Public Safety Director L. Day, Amherst County Sheriff's Office, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
1935- Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2, Sq. 2 (Big Island EC), M14-1 and County 10 (BCoFR) to the intersection of Lee Jackson Hwy & Walker Road. The run was for a passenger car that had hit a motorcycle head on with significant injuries. P2 and B2a arrived first to find a motorcycle on it's side and a Honda car in a ditch, both with significant front end damage. P2's crew began assessing both patients and assisted in loading them into M2-2 and M14-1. They were then transported to Centra Health, Lynchburg General Hospital. P2, B2a, and CR2 remained on scene to assist the VASP with traffic and crowd control. Units operating on scene: B2a, P2, EMS3, M2-2, CR2, M14-1, and County 10. All Co. 2 apparatus returned to service at 2146 hours.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
-1254 hrs Bedford Communications alerted Co. 2, Sq. 2 (Big Island E.C.), and M14-1 (BCoFR) to MP 76 on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the report of a motorcycle versus a tree, with two injuries. Pumper 2 arrived to find two occupants lying on the ground complaining of apparent minor injuries. P2's staffing assisted loading the patients into M2-2. Units operating on scene: P2, M2-2, M14-1.*Due to Pumper 2 being in the shop having it's computer reprogrammed, Wagon 8-2 was on loan from our friends at Moneta FD. We continued to use the call sign "Pumper 2" to simplify radio usage and paperwork. Thanks again to Moneta FD and Chief J. Calhoun for allowing us to use their rig. Pumper 2 is now back in full service.
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