Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
Danville considers closing one of seven fire stations to reduce expected deficit
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The City of Danville is looking into service reductions, changes in employee benefits, and revenue enhancements. Council will also be considering not to fill vacant city positions and even closing one of the city's seven fire stations in Danville. City Manager Ken Larking said cuts will happen in the next five years, and that city council has a lot to consider.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSET ABC 13
Deputies find body behind burning Hanover home
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:58:46 -0700
A death investigation is underway after a body was discovered behind a burning home in Hanover County Thursday morning. Sgt. James Cooper with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called to a home in the 15500 block of Long Row Drive just after 10:45 a.m. Cooper said first responders found the home "fully engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:58:46 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Arlington County's Camp Heat teaches teen girls about becoming firefighters, EMTs
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
“Get into position!” Shouted firefighter Kevin Travers, just before he led a training session. Travers works as an instructor at the Arlington County Fire Training Academy. He spent Thursday morning training what could be the next generation of female firefighters. “If you can do the job, you can do the job,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington
State Police: Car burned by King George County man belongs to missing teen's family
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:38:52 -0700
Authorities say a man arrested for vehicle arson is linked to the Pamplin teen who recently went missing. Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office arrested 19-year-old Juan Benavidez II, of King George, early Friday morning and charged him with a felony count of arson of a vehicle. Virginia State Police say that just before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 8:38:52 AM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Greene County: Donated oxygen masks help pets breathe easier
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:07:50 -0700
The Greene County Office of Emergency Services is teaming up with Invisible Fence Brand by Coyner Associates, located in Charlottesville, to help reduce the number of pets killed or injured in house fires each year. It is estimated that between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires. Invisible Fence Brand by Coyner Associates, has donated nine pet oxygen mask kits to the Greene County Office of Emergency Services.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 1:07:50 PM - SOURCE: Greene County Record
62-Year Crozet Volunteer Firefighter Veteran Dies of Cancer
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:02:21 -0700
Firefighters at the Crozet Volunteers Fire Department are mourning the loss of one of their life-long members on Wednesday night. The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department says Virgil Lee James, known as V.L., served the Crozet community for more than six decades and recently lost his battle with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 3:02:21 PM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC29
Amherst fire chief talks about firefighter injured
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:08:20 -0700
The Amherst fire chief spoke to us today about one of his firefighters that was recently in an accident. Justin Ware was dirt biking over the weekend when he crashed. Fire chief Tom Martin says that Ware's bike fell on him and the exhaust system burned him. Ware is now getting treatment at VCU Hospital's burn unit.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:08:20 PM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
James City-Bruton Fire Department douses Toano junkyard fire
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:00:36 -0700
James City-Bruton volunteer firefighters extinguished a junkyard fire Wednesday near Two Drummers Smokehouse in Toano. Firefighters responded to the James City County Recycling Center at 10:04 a.m., according to James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department Acting Fire Chief Phillip Murdock. Upon arrival, firefighters faced a “large amount of fire” on a 30-foot-tall pile of junked cars that were going to be recycled, Murdock said.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:00:36 PM - SOURCE: Williamsburg Virginia Gazette & Williamsburg Magazine
Region: DC Fire Chief Says 'Bad Batch' of K2 Linked to Major Uptick in Overdoses
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Fire and rescue crews have responded to more than 100 overdoses in D.C. in just a span of four days and the spike is likely linked to a "bad batch" of synthetic marijuana, the city's fire chief says. "Since July 14th we've had over 100 people that we've transported," D.C. Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Washington
National firefighter competition to be held during State Fair of Virginia
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:59:12 -0700
The Firefighter Combat Challenge -- a competition promoting and showcasing the talents, skills and athleticism of America’s firefighters -- is set to take place on Sept. 28 and 29 during the State Fair of Virginia at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The challenge simulates essential skills of firefighting, including climbing a tower in full bunker gear, dragging and hoisting fire hoses, simulating forcible entry and racing around obstacles.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:59:12 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Roanoke County house fire causes thousands in damage
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:08:19 -0700
Roanoke County Fire and Rescue say they responded to a house fire Wednesday afternoon. At around 1:00 p.m. Fire and Rescue responded to the 100 block of North Poplar Street in Vinton for a reported structure fire. They say the first report of fire came in from a Vinton Police officer who was on patrol of the area at the time.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:08:19 PM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
5 people injured in Chesapeake apartment fire
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:43:15 -0700
Chesapeake firefighters battled an apartment fire that injured 5 people Tuesday evening. The fire was called into Emergency Communications at 6:24 p.m., and crews were on the scene 3 minutes later. The fire was in an apartment in the 1100 block of Rodgers Street. The fire was under control 15 minutes after crews arrived, and the fire was completely extinguished at 7:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 5:43:15 PM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Williamsburg first responders to helicopter crash trained for worst-case scenarios
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:07:11 -0700
When a major emergency happens in the City of Williamsburg, one man oversees search-and-rescue operations. Williamsburg Fire Chief and Emergency Coordinator Pat Dent was spending a leisurely day at the pool July 8. Dent’s daughter had celebrated her wedding the day before, and Dent said he thought he would spend his Sunday at the pool with his wife and granddaughter.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 1:07:11 PM - SOURCE: Williamsburg Virginia Gazette & Williamsburg Magazine
Police: Woman arrested on assault charges after fire at Williamsburg apartment complex
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:18:16 -0700
The James City County Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the Woods of Williamsburg apartment complex on Saturday night. The fire occurred in the 100 block of Tilghman Court. The 911 call was received at 10:31 p.m. Upon arrival, fire crews found an eight-unit building with fire conditions.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 1:18:16 PM - SOURCE: Williamsburg Virginia Gazette & Williamsburg Magazine
Follow-up: Richmond agency recommends bike lane project be allowed to proceed
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:33:02 -0700
The consulting engineers who reviewed traffic determined that two intersections warranted keeping two through-lanes, plus both turn lanes, and transitioning back to a single lane to ensure adequate level of service during peak hour, according to Helmboldt. "The analysis showed it would work with a single lane, but would be marginal, and with additional traffic from the Westwood Tract apartments they felt it best to design for the additional capacity up front," he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:33:02 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Fire crews fight brush fire in Campbell County
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:17:26 -0700
Fire crews spent the afternoon Tuesday fighting a brush fire in Altavista. According to Campbell County Fire Marshal Randall Johnson, just before 2 p.m. the Altavista Fire Company, Virginia Department of Forest and Campbell County Public Safety were dispatched to Tardy Mountain Road for heavy smoke in the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 2:17:26 PM - SOURCE: WFXR/WWCW FOX 21/27
Norfolk: Fire breaks out near drydocked USS Mesa Verde
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:34:48 -0700
Firefighters are working to put out a fire that broke out near a Navy ship that was undergoing repairs on Tuesday morning. The USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is in drydock for repairs and maintenance at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard. Norfolk Fire-Rescue said the source of the fire is some dust collection equipment alongside the ship.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 9:34:48 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Orlean Volunteer Fire honors Assistant Chief John Jeniec with lifetime membership
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:00:31 -0700
The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has awarded lifetime membership to Assistant Chief John Jeniec for his 20 years of service to the community. A graduate of Bridgewater College, Mr. Jeniec began his career in 1998 as a 16-year-old, the earliest age one can become a volunteer firefighter or medic in Fauquier County.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 1:00:31 PM - SOURCE: FauquierNow
International firefighters turn to Hanover Fire academy for training
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:34:16 -0700
Two firefighters from Belize are getting ready to finish up their training at the Hanover Fire and EMS Academy and take what they've learned back home. Patrick Parks and Johnny Cardenas have been at the academy since the end of January through a partnership with Belize National Fire Service, Virginia Emergency Services Assistance Program VESAP for Belize and the Hanover Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:34:16 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Amherst firefighter injured in bike racing competition
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:57:08 -0700
A local fire department is rallying around one of their own after an accident this past weekend. Justin Ware, a volunteer firefighter in Amherst was badly injured while competing in a Motocross dirt bike race near Richmond on Saturday. Public Safety officials say Ware suffered a concussion and some third-degree burns after his bike landed on him during a stunt.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 3:57:08 PM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News

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