Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
Fairfax County firefighter killed in Spotsylvania motorcycle crash
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 05:27:08 -0700
A veteran Fairfax County firefighter was killed Tuesday morning in a motorcycle crash on Route 3 in Spotsylvania County. Mica Bland, 42, was on his motorcycle and stopped at a light when a pickup struck him from behind. Bland, who lived in Lousia County, was on his way to work at the time, Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler said in an announcement to the department.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 5:27:08 AM - SOURCE: Inside NoVA
3 people escape Henrico County house fire
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:06:04 -0700
VIDEO: Three people escaped a burning home in Henrico County early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the home along the 2000 block of Cleary Road, near Mechanicsville Turnpike, in eastern Henrico at about 3 a.m. When they arrived, they reported fire burning both the back and front of the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 3:06:04 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
New fire chiefs look to address King William County's fire department problems
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Amid turmoil at the top of the King William County’s fire department, the new interim fire chiefs have started to assess the county’s needs. Although there are four fire stations with jurisdiction in King William County, all of them except Station One are staffed completely by volunteers. Any changes in policy and procedures would apply only to the six paid, full-time and 11 part-time personnel and 10 active volunteers at Station One.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Press
Warren County woman found competent in arson case
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:01:10 -0700
A woman accused of setting fire to a neighbor’s home can face trial on an arson charge, a judge ruled Tuesday. Fontella Louzie Fewell appeared in Warren County General District Court for a review of the findings in a competency evaluation. Fewell, 74, of 529 E. Main St., Apt. 11, Front Royal, stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling owned by Clayton Estes Sr.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 3:01:10 PM - SOURCE: Northern Virginia Daily
Fire truck struck in Augusta County serves as reminder of move over law
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:35:50 -0700
A crash on Interstate 81 left two people injured on Sunday and damaged a fire truck. According to Virginia State Police, the Augusta County fire truck was responding to another crash near the northbound lanes of mile-marker 223 when it happened. State police say the fire truck was blocking the right lane.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 6:35:50 PM - SOURCE: WHSV-TV 3 News
7-year-old boy hit by sheriff's car in Currituck County, airlifted to Norfolk hospital
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: A 7-year-old boy vacationing in the Outer Banks has been flown to a Virginia hospital after being struck by a sheriff's department vehicle. Currituck County Fire and EMS responded to the scene after a call of a boy being hit by a vehicle. EMS Chief Ralph Melton tells The Virginian-Pilot the child was hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle on Carova Beach over the weekend.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC-TV 11 Eyewitness News
Man arrested for impersonating officer and firefighter in Dumfries
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Police arrested a man who they say pulled over a driver while impersonating an officer. Christopher Santiago, 21, has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and impersonating a firefighter. On Thursday, police said theey found Santiago parked with flashing lights at the intersection of Van Buren Road and Fettler Park Drive in Dumfries.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Local 10- TV DMV
Fire breaks out on second-story of Henrico County apartment building
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 21:18:07 -0700
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out inside an apartment in Lakeside Sunday night. Crews were called for a report of smoke and flames coming from an apartment in the 4100 block of Townhouse Road just before 10 p.m. “Firefighters arrived to find fire in a second story apartment of a two-story apartment building,” Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2019 9:18:07 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6 News
Harrisonburg County grant aims to reduce suicide rate among first responders
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:46:33 -0700
During his 12-year career as a Harrisonburg firefighter, Gene Thompson heard story after story about his fellow first responders throughout the country killing themselves. Roughly 115 firefighters and emergency medical providers committed suicide in 2017, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 3:46:33 AM - SOURCE: Harrisonburg Daily News-Record - Metered Site
Henrico County Division of Fire reminds residents about hot car safety
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:48:40 -0700
With the summer heating-up, the Henrico County Division of Fire is reminding people across Central Virginia to double-check their backseats for children or pets before getting out of their cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said cars can warm up in a short amount of time. In 80-degree heat, the temperature inside a car can climb to 99-degrees within 10 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 3:48:40 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Stafford County volunteers and donors ensure students start school with supplies
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 03:29:42 -0700
More than 100 volunteers filled backpacks in record time this week in the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Station near the courthouse. Within an hour of setting volunteers loose on an assembly line of school supplies Wednesday, close to 700 stuffed backpacks sat near the firehouse’s bay doors. Firefighters will take the backpacks to Stafford schools before the first day of class.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 3:29:42 AM - SOURCE: Fredericksburg.com
Moneta Fire Department gets newest truck
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 16:37:55 -0700
The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department purchased its newest truck as a demo model, which means it is a low-budget truck, according to Chief Jeremiah Calhoun. The truck was bought from Atlanta Emergency Solutions, a Pierce dealer. “So after sitting down with the dealer, we added a couple of options that were a need for the truck — and not a want — so we could still keep it to a low figure,” Calhoun said.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 4:37:55 PM - SOURCE: Smith Mountain Eagle
69-year old woman arrested for Virginia Beach bomb threat
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The Virginia Beach fire and police officials have charged Carolyn Cagnolatti Ghavam, 69, with threatening to blowup a convenience store in the city. Authorities say Ghavam, who is from Chesapeake, threatened to bomb the Speedway Convenience Store / Gas Station located in the 4400 block of Princess Anne Road.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTKR- TV 13 News
Richmond: People are cutting Bolt Scooters in half and setting them on fire: ‘It’s dangerous’
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: It has been a little more than a month since Bolt Mobility launched their electric scooters in Richmond, and the company said they have logged more than 27,000 rides in the city. The high ridership numbers come with an outsized number of vandalism incidents, company reps said. "It's dozens and dozens of scooters that we've needed to repair significantly, that we've lost, or that we've needed to retire," said Will Nicholas, the VP of Operations for Bolt Mobility.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS-TV 4 News Exclusive
Wytheville rescuers save driver in fiery crash
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:30:26 -0700
Extracting Litton from his truck took nearly 90 minutes. The men helped the Wytheville Fire Department in that endeavor. Litton was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition on Tuesday, suffering from multiple broken bones and other injuries. Wytheville Fire Chief Marc Brade and the Virginia State Police trooper who investigated the crash, Patrick Goard, agreed that the men saved Litton’s life with their quick thinking.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 7:30:26 PM - SOURCE: Southwest Virginia Today
Vinton Firefighters trade in their badges as department absorbed by County
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:00:25 -0700
For lifelong firefighter Chad Helms, it was a special day. That's because, with a bit of help and a crowd looking on, Helms became a Roanoke County Firefighter. "Feels pretty good," he said. It was an experience shared by 10 others Wednesday, as the Vinton Fire department is absorbed into Roanoke County.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 8:00:25 PM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Virginia Beach firefighter in wheelchair after fall from ladder gets help from fellow first responders
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: First responders are helping one of their own after he was seriously injured in an accident. Dustin Rice is a firefighter for Virginia Beach. Two weeks ago, he was trimming branches in his front yard. “The ladder rocked and I lost my balance. I lept off and crushed both of my legs,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY- TV 10 NEWS
Lynchburg house catches fire for second time in a week
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:41:58 -0700
Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1700 block of Miller Drive Thursday, July 11 morning. This is the same house officials responded to for a fire on Tuesday, July 9. Authorities say the house was vacant at the time of the fire on Tuesday. Firefighters say it is unsafe to go inside to fight the fire and there’s a possibility it could collapse on nearby homes so they are going to bring in a construction company to tear it down.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 5:41:58 AM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
Dinwiddie child rescued after 2 hours stuck in chimney
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 06:32:31 -0700
A child became trapped in a chimney Tuesday after climbing out a window. Officials said the 5-year-old child became stuck at a home in the 11230 block of White Oak Road in Dinwiddie just after 10:30 a.m. It took rescue crews two hours to free the child. “He’s a daredevil," said Dinwiddie County Chief of Fire and EMS Dennis Hale, “We thought maybe he climbed into a fireplace or got into a wood stove, or gotten up on a shelf.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 6:32:31 AM - SOURCE: WWBT-TV NBC 12 Richmond
Virginia Beach firefighters can provide animal-sized oxygen masks to pets during rescue
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 07:48:52 -0700
When firefighters go into a burning building to rescue those inside, they sometimes need to administer oxygen to the people they’ve pulled out, even for the pets they save. Fire departments around Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, have animal-sized oxygen masks that firefighters can use to administer oxygen to animals they pull from structure fires, said Art Kohn, Virginia Beach Fire Department spokesman.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 7:48:52 AM - SOURCE: Southside Daily

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