Big Island Volunteer Fire Department

CSX awards grant to Big Island Fire Company

Sunday, November 8, 2015  Around the first of the year Big Island Fire Company was awarded a grant from CSX transportation. This grant was used to purchase two portable light units and new attack hose for our Wagon that was due to be delivered in August. Without the help from CSX these purchases would had not been possible due to the decrease funding we have seen over the past few years. Thank you CSX and all of your employees that help keep America moving. #BeyondOurRails



Two car MVC Big Island Highway

Tuesday, November 3, 2015  Company 2 units were alerted to a two vehicle accident in the area of Camden Road on Big Island Highway. Medic 2-3, Brush 2 and Wagon 2 arrived to find a rear end type collision with three patients requesting treatment. Due to being short staffed OIC requested Co.3 (Boonsboro) for additional assistance. After assisting with packaging the patients and assisting state police units returned to service. Units responding Medic 2-3, Medic 14-5, B2, W2 and R3.



Commercial Vehicle Fire brings out Co.2 and Co.3

Monday, November 2, 2015  Company 2 units were on duty at the station when Co.3 (Boonsboro) received a call for a fully involved vehicle fire. Wagon 2 w/3 offered assistance and started towards the scene due to the close proximity to jurisdiction lines. Units arrived to find the cab & engine compartment fully involved and stretched a line to make a knock on the fire and near by brush that had been ignited. Shortly afterwards R-3 and W-3 arrived to make quick work of the remaining fire.



Seven rescued off the James on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015  All was quiet over the Memorial Day weekend til around 16:30 hours on Monday. Units were requested to rescue a female subject who had slipped and hit her head on a rock above Balcony Falls on the James river. Two boats were deployed and a total of seven people were assisted back to the boat landing in Snowden.

Please remember these areas are very difficult to access. Someone lit off a small island of driftwood that had collected during a past high water event. This could have easily spread embers to either side of the river and created another emergency situation.



Oslin Creek Road Brush Fire

Monday, April 6, 2015 1815  Company was dispatched to the 4100 block of Oslin Creek Road for the report of a brush fire threatening a residence. While in route Chief 2 could see a large amount of smoke from Penns Mill Road and added B1 and T1 to the assignment. On arrival an approximate 1 acre brush fire was found in a wooded hillside threatening a residence, and two storage buildings. It was also found that the fire was in an area of numerous wind damaged, downed hardwood timber and stacks of heavy lumber. B2, B2a, and B1 went to work on the brush fire while E2 handled the structural protection. T2 supplied water to E2 and B2a while T1 supplied B2 and B1. After an approximate 5' wide line was put around the fire the area was back burned. At 2130 the scene was turned over to VIrginia Department of Forestry to monitor the fire for several more hours. Total Co. 2 personnel: 14 men.



Lee-Jackson Highway Brush Fire

Friday, April 3, 2015 1430 Companies 3 and 2 were dispatched for a fire out of control within 30ft. of a residence, with an additional residence as an exposure a couple miles from 3's station. Company 3 arrived on scene first and gave the initial size-up of a fast moving brush fire and requested additional units. Brush 2 arrived shortly afterwords and stretched several hundred feet of forestry line to protect one of the exposures and work the right flank of the fire. With additional units arriving the fire was brought under control within thirty minutes and required extensive overhaul.

A great job was done by all involved, this incident could have spread rapidly due to the fact it was on the eastern slope and the strong winds out of the South.



Single Car Rollover On Rt. 122

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1839 Co. 2, Sq.2, and M14-5 were assigned to a single car MVC on Big Island Highway near Hunting Creek Baptist Church. E2 with 4 and B2 with 2 arrived to find a single car off the roadway, overturned with the occupants out of the vehicle. After checking for fuel leaks all units returned to service.



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.



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