Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
Henrico County names Alec Oughton as new fire chief
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:36:04 -0700
Henrico County officially appointed Alec Oughton as the county’s new fire chief. Chief Oughton, who has degrees from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Liberty University, joined Henrico Fire in 1999 as firefighter/paramedic. He was most recently the deputy fire chief for operations. Oughton had been serving as active chief since December when Chief Anthony McDowell was promoted to deputy county manager for public safety.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 10:36:04 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Powhatan resident displaced after trash fire spreads to home
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:39:53 -0700
A Powhatan resident burning trash outside of their home forced local firefighters to respond to the area on Tuesday evening after the fire reportedly spread to the person's home. Powhatan Fire crews responded to a residence on Anderson Highway after receiving a call shortly after 7 p.m. for a house fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 6:39:53 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Moneta farm raising money after hay fire causes thousands of dollars worth of damage
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:27:06 -0700
VIDEO: "Thousands of dollars up in flames." That's how one farm is describing the fire on their property in Moneta. The manager of Valley Spring Farm, Michelle Rose, says their hay bales caught on fire Sunday afternoon. She says they had a controlled fire at another location and a worker set some cardboard boxes down on it for storage.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:27:06 PM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
Firefighters rescue Richmond woman through bedroom window
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:24:38 -0700
Firefighters saved a woman from a burning home through a bedroom window Monday afternoon in Richmond. Fire crews were dispatched to the 900 block of Irby Drive at about 1:21 p.m., according to Richmond Fire spokesperson Capt. Christopher Armstrong. People outside of the home told arriving firefighters there was still one person inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:24:38 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Two Suffolk firefighters will make 130-mile walk to Richmond for muscular dystrophy awareness
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:32:48 -0700
Video: Two Suffolk firefighters will hike 130 miles in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Suffolk Fire Medic Joe Jarman and Lt. Travis Saunders will leave Neptune’s Park in Virginia Beach on March 23. The duo hopes to arrive at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on March 29.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:32:48 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Former Suffolk volunteer fire chief sentenced for embezzling department funds
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:20:43 -0700
The Suffolk man who was the chief of the now-defunct Holland Volunteer Fire Department learned he will spend time behind bars for embezzling department funds. Charles Paul Riehle appeared in Suffolk Circuit Court Monday, where he was sentenced to four years each on two counts of embezzlement of more than $200.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 9:20:43 PM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News
Woman rescued from Chesterfield motel fire credits first responders; ‘They really did their jobs’
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:48:49 -0700
Fire crews were called to the Interstate Inn, along the 2100 block of Indian Hill Road, at about 10:35 p.m. Tamara Ingram was staying in one of the units, visiting a friend, and said she was just watching TV and getting ready for bed at the time. “Next thing you know we hear banging on the door and hear cops yelling, 'Police.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 3:48:49 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Several people hurt, 34 displaced in Chesterfield motel fire
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:49:17 -0700
VIDEO: One person suffered life-threatening injuries and three police officers suffered smoke inhalation during a motel fire in Chesterfield County. Fire crews were called to the Interstate Inn, along the 2100 block of Indian Hill Road, at about 10:35 p.m. Sunday. While the fire was contained to just one room, 34 motel residents (including seven children) were forced from the building due to damage related to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 1:49:17 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Honoring First Responders: Rocky Mount memorial nears completion
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:11:53 -0700
For Jonathan Lovelace, nothing compares to being a firefighter. "Wouldn't trade it for the world," said Lovelace with a smile. He's spent the last year here at the Rocky Mount Fire Department training, learning, and becoming a part of the community. And during that time, right next door, he's watched a quiet memorial grow.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 9:11:53 PM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Harrisonburg Fire Department Plans Inaugural Academy
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:09:11 -0700
For years, city residents interested in local government could attend the Harrisonburg Citizen Academy for a behind-the-scenes tour. Over 13 weeks, participants learn about each of the city’s departments. However, the fire department’s presentation only whet their appetites. Because some attendees wanted more, Fire Chief Ian Bennett said, the Harrisonburg Fire Department will launch its inaugural Community Fire Academy, similar to the well-established Community Police Academy.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 9:09:11 PM - SOURCE: Harrisonburg Daily News-Record
Family loses Albemarle County home in fire
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:37:37 -0700
A family in Albemarle County made it out safe after their home caught on fire Sunday afternoon. According to Albemarle County Fire and Rescue, crews responded to the fire on Murrays Lane near Monacan Trail. Fire crews said there was smoke showing from the front of the structure, where they determined that the fire was coming from the attic.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 7:37:37 PM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV
Fire destroys $300,000 skidder in Nathalie
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:02:10 -0700
A skidder valued at $300,000 was declared a total loss following a Saturday morning equipment fire that occurred on Rabat Road in Nathalie. According to Liberty Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Brown, the fire was reported at 11:35 a.m., a short time after the skidder’s owner, Pro Logging of Altavista in Campbell County, had left the logging site.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 2:02:10 PM - SOURCE: The Gazatte Virginian
Danville Fire Department changes policy to allow parents and children to serve together
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:36:14 -0700
The Danville Fire Department has changed its policy to make sure it has enough first responders. Greg Thomas and his son are one of the first legacy hires now able to work together at the same time at the Danville Fire Deptartment. "When I started 25 years ago this was something that could never be," Greg said.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 4:36:14 PM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
Williamsburg: City Council approves second fire station on Capitol Landing Road, renovations to existing station
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 01:45:19 -0700
In its meeting Thursday, City Council unanimously voted to devote $11 million in general obligation bonds toward building a second fire station at 912 Capitol Landing Road and making necessary renovations at the existing city fire station on Lafayette Street. In their discussion, Council members agreed that locating a second city fire station along Capitol Landing Road would have address a number of issues, including the need for improved emergency response times throughout more parts of the city.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 1:45:19 AM - SOURCE: Williamsburg Virginia Gazette & Williamsburg Magazine
Hanover County home severely damaged in early-morning fire
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:36:44 -0700
A house in Hanover County is severely damaged after a fire broke out early Friday morning. Hanover Fire and EMS were called to the fire on Caruthers Way at about 3 a.m. The two-story home was "heavily involved with fire" when crews arrived, said Hanover Battalion Chief Gregory Martin. All of the residents were able to make it out of the home safely, and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 3:36:44 AM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Update: Victim in suspicious Petersburg fire dies after 5 days in burn unit
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:00:25 -0700
The two victims in a suspicious house fire in Petersburg Monday spent the week being treated at VCU Medical Center’s burn unit. Now, Crime Insider say the male victim died Thursday. The fire broke out early Monday morning off Hampton Road. Firefighters made quick work of it by containing it to one room, but they said from the start it looked suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 9:00:25 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Hampton restaurant closed until further notice after early-morning fire
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:37:31 -0700
A popular Hampton restaurant has been forced to close its doors after a fire Thursday. Hampton Fire & Rescue crews responded to a fire at Smitty's Better Burger in the 1300 block of N. King Street just after 5:30 a.m. According to officials, the fire was on the interior and crews were able to get the blaze under control within 20 minutes of arriving on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 9:37:31 AM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News
Appomattox County High School students get look at being first responders
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:03:37 -0700
Students at Appomattox County High School are learning the ropes of being an emergency first responder through the Future First Responders club. The club is primarily conducted by the Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) but receives assistance from other departments as well, including the Appomattox County Rescue Squad.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 1:03:37 PM - SOURCE: Appomattox Times-Virginian
South Boston Fire Department looks to expand, town council approves design study
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:37:17 -0700
The South Boston Fire Department on Broad Street was built in 1974. According to Fire Chief Steve Phillips, the building hasn't changed much since then, and space is tight. He gave ABC13 a tour of the tightly-packed truck bay. There are six emergency response vehicles in the bay and they sit just a few feet apart from one another.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 12:37:17 PM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
Franklin firefighter starts nonprofit, aims to help colleagues
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:11:41 -0700
After losing his best friend and fellow firefighter to suicide, Jonathan Smith is “Putting a Dent in Mental Health.” He founded the organization in memory of his friend Robbie Dent, who served as a volunteer firefighter at Glade Hill and Cool Branch until last summer when Dent took his own life. “Suicide rates among first responders is really high,” Smith said.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 1:11:41 PM - SOURCE: Franklin News-Post

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