Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
Laundry room fire causes water damage in Loudoun County apartment
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A Farifax woman called firefighters Monday night to report that her laundry room was on fire. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue tells WDVM that first responders found a lot of smoke in the apartment on the 200 block of Huntington Square. Officials say the fire appears to have originated in the dryer. According to police, no one was injured, but apartments on the floor below did suffer some water damage.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV
Follow Up: Smoke alarms, pets save Roanoke County family from fire
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:57:37 -0800
"Smoke alarms save lives." We hear it all the time, but early Monday morning it rang true for a Roanoke County family. The family in the home was able to escape, along with its pets. Family members say those animals actually helped wake them up when the fire started. Soon after, the smoke alarms sounded.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 2:57:37 AM - SOURCE: WWBT-TV NBC 12 Richmond
Family of four displaced in Roanoke County house fire
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:58:10 -0800
Firefighters in Roanoke County were called to fight a house fire on Monday morning. The fire was at a home in the 3300 block of View Avenue in the Cave Spring area. The call came in at 1:55 a.m. According to fire officials, two adults and two children are now displaced. They will be staying with family and the Red Cross will provide assistance.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 3:58:10 AM - SOURCE: WFXR/WWCW FOX 21/27
Report: Fire-EMS Dispatches Up In Vienna, McLean Areas
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Dispatches for fires and EMS are up in the greater Vienna and McLean areas of Fairfax County, according to the fire department's new annual report. In fiscal year 2018 (ended on June 30), Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to 103,946 incidents in the county and surrounding jurisdictions, a 2.6 percent increase from the previous year.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mclean Patch
Danville Fire Department gets new, more capable ladder truck
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
The Danville Fire Department's new ladder truck costs just shy of $1 million and may not look much different than the fire department's current ladder truck, but there are actually a lot of differences. Perhaps most importantly, the way the new truck can turn. "This truck is going to allow us to go around in tight spaces," Danville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Jefferson said.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC 10 News
Hampton apartment fire injures one and displaces three families
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:37:19 -0800
A kitchen fire in an apartment building has left one person injured and three families displaced Sunday evening. The Hampton Fire Department responded to the fire in the 1500 Block of Briarfield Road just before 6 p.m. The injured person was treated for minor injuries and released, officials say. Firefighters say the fire was caused by accidental and careless cooking.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2018 8:37:19 PM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News
Fire breaks out overnight at Chesterfield home
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:59:09 -0800
The Chesterfield County Fire Marshal is trying to figure out what started a fire at a home early Monday morning. Crews were called to the 4400 block of Adelaide Avenue around 12:38 a.m. and saw smoke pouring out of the house. Firefighters on scene tell 8News the flames were contained to one upstairs bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2018 11:59:09 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
‘Reach out for help’ family urges after Henrico firefighter’s death
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 04:33:43 -0800
As the Henrico County community and firefighters around Richmond mourn the sudden death of firefighter Kevin O'Connell, his family wanted to share an important message -- "reach out for help." O'Connell, a husband and father of two, took his own life Tuesday afternoon. The veteran firefighter was having trouble processing the horrors he saw as a part of his job, according to a public goodbye he posted on social media.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 4:33:43 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Region: Repairs on D.C. Fire Department Truck 7 left neighborhood vulnerable during blaze
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A D.C. fire truck whose ladder became stuck during a three-alarm fire in September failed again last week, leaving Eastern Market without its services for 2 days. The D.C. Fire and EMS Department (FEMS) lacked a replacement for Truck 7 as it was being repaired Thursday through Saturday, two department sources told The Washington Times.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington Post
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's historic station for sale, as new station nears completion
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Chincoteague's 1930 fire station on Main Street is for sale, as the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company prepares to move into a brand-new, up-to-date station. For the list price of $950,000, someone can purchase the historic brick building at 4028 Main Street, where the volunteer fire company has been based for as long as Chincoteague's current volunteer firefighters can remember.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Delmarva Now
Henrico County firefighter’s death illustrates challenges first responders face
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:37:32 -0800
The death of a firefighter in Henrico County is a sober reminder of the mental health challenges first responders can face. That firefighter died by suicide Tuesday after he posted a public goodbye note on social media. Flags were flying half-staff at Henrico Fire Station 22 Wednesday and Henrico County leaders released a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” by the loss.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:37:32 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Virginia Beach’s Firefighter of the Year receives standing ovation
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:28:44 -0800
The City of Virginia Beach named its Firefighter of the Year Wednesday. News 3's Samantha German attended the ceremony. This year's award went to Captain Harold Hill. Until Wednesday night, the winner's identity had been a big secret for several weeks. When Captain Hill's name was called, there was a standing ovation in the room.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 7:28:44 AM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News
Virginia Firefighters Confront Depression, PTSD And Suicide By Protecting Their Own
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:35:10 -0800
About five years ago, a firefighter at Fort Belvoir took his own life. Jonathan Lang: That person slipped through the cracks. Jonathan Lang saw himself slipping too - into addiction. Lang: Guys knew that I had an issue, but it was all swept under the rug. Lang says his fellow firefighters who covered up for him thought they were doing the right thing.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 6:35:10 AM - SOURCE: Community Idea Stations (WCVE PBS/WCVW PBS/WHTJ PBS)
Danville chosen to host fire safety campaign
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:58:49 -0800
To raise awareness about campus and community fire safety, the Danville Fire Department, Averett University and Danville Community College are partnering with First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety*, along with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation to participate in the Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 10:58:49 AM - SOURCE: Danville, VA
Director of Fire and EMS looks to improve emergency services in Charles City
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 21:40:26 -0800
To bring change in a community, those who desire it have to come together to make it happen. When Charles City citizens lobbied for better fire and EMS services, County Administrator Michelle Johnson hired its first ever Director of Fire and EMS for the county. James “Jimmy” Johnson was introduced to the position at the board of supervisors meeting in September.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 9:40:26 PM - SOURCE: NKCC News
Neon window sign sparks Norfolk restaurant fire
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 04:53:09 -0800
Firefighters responded to the Golden City Restaurant Tuesday morning after the Neon window sign sparked a fire. Officials say crews were called to the restaurant in the 1000 block of Park Avenue around 5 a.m. Firefighters allegedly could see flames showing through the window when they arrived. There was reportedly minimal smoke and fire damage.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 4:53:09 AM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News
Region: DC Firefighter Charged With Hate Crime in Pennsylvania After Road Rage Incident
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A D.C. firefighter is facing hate crime charges after allegedly tailgating a truck in Pennsylvania and lobbing racial slurs and threats at the drivers. Adam Kraus, a 32-year-old firefighter who started working for D.C. Fire and EMS in June 2015, is charged under Pennsylvania’s hate crime statute with ethnic intimidation.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Washington
It's all about the passion to serve, says Suffolk's new fire chief
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:36:15 -0800
A new chief with ample experience and Hampton Roads ties has taken command in the city of Suffolk. Michael J. Barakey of Virginia Beach was sworn into office as chief of Suffolk Fire and Rescue on Sept. 28 at City Hall. His appointment caps a four month search to replace Fire Chief Cedric Scott who departed June 1 to become the fire chief for Albany, Ga.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 8:36:15 AM - SOURCE: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com
Troutville Fire Department adds ladder truck to firefighting fleet
Sat, 03 Nov 2018 05:54:12 -0700
More development and larger buildings have created bigger challenges for firefighters in Botetourt County. Now the Troutville Volunteer Fire Department has a new tool to protect homes and businesses there. The department has refurbished a ladder truck, and trained members to operate it. Friday morning, they put the equipment into service.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2018 5:54:12 AM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Free firefighter training in Roanoke teaches the dangers of fire smoke
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A free training session this Saturday at the Roanoke Regional Fire/EMS Training Center, located at 1220 Kessler Mill Road, aims to give firefighters from across Virginia a better understanding of the dangers of fire smoke and how to better protect their health. "You can say that before, we didn't know what was dangerous, so it was just incidental.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC 10 News

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