Big Island Volunteer Fire Department

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.



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. The goal is to raise $15,000 before the end of the year, that equals out to about $10 per letter sent. 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!



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.



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