Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
No injuries reported in cargo train derailment in Alexandria
Sun, 20 May 2018 02:11:09 -0700
Saturday’s freight train derailment in Alexandria, Virginia, had investigators spending around 30 hours looking into the cause of the incident, but the morning commute is set to resume as normal on Monday. As the cleanup continues, Virginia Railway Express told WTOP it will operate full, regular service Monday morning on both Fredericksburg and Manassas lines.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 2:11:09 AM - SOURCE: WTOP
Firefighter treated for heat exhaustion battling Norfolk fire
Mon, 21 May 2018 04:47:16 -0700
Three dozen firefighters worked to put out the flames at a residential fire Sunday night in Norfolk. The fire broke out around 9:43 p.m. in the 6000 block of Newport Avenue, in the Riverpoint neighborhood near Bon Secours Medical Center. Arriving crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from the home's second floor.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 4:47:16 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Danville crews work to rescue people from flooded roadways
Fri, 18 May 2018 14:37:19 -0700
The Danville Fire Department said they have rescued three people from their mobile homes in the 400 block of Parker Road. Firefighters said the water was up to the doors of those homes. Thankfully, those people are now safe. Danville Public Work crews are responding to reports of flood water and debris in streets.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 2:37:19 PM - SOURCE: WFXR/WWCW FOX 21/27
Roanoke County fire ruled accidental in nature
Mon, 21 May 2018 02:31:44 -0700
According to fire crews on scene, the fire that broke out on Puckett Circle in Salem Monday morning has been contained. Crews say the fire started in the teenage son's upstairs bedroom. The teen tells WDBJ7 that he woke up and his pillow was on fire. All three people living in the home were able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 2:31:44 AM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Massive fire destroys century-old building in downtown Franklin
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:01:41 -0700
A building that lined Franklin's Main Street for a century is considered a total loss following a massive fire Thursday afternoon. The blaze started around 2:30 p.m. as a reported electrical fire at the brick building that most recently housed Trinkettes & Treasures. Crews were able to get to the scene in short order, but the fire quickly spread through the furniture store, shooting up through the roof of the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:01:41 PM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
Second fire in month hits South Boston industrial equipment supplier
Thu, 17 May 2018 17:14:12 -0700
A Wednesday morning fire spread smoke throughout a building at ABB, but a damage estimate was unavailable, according to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips. Three fire departments and 17 firefighters responded to the fire at ABB Inc. on Highway 58 in South Boston. The cause of the fire, believed to have started near an exhaust duct where wire is wrapped for transformers, remains under investigation by ABB officials, Phillips said.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 5:14:12 PM - SOURCE: The Gazatte Virginian
'We are baffled': Investigators working to determine cause of Forest Hill house fire
Thu, 17 May 2018 09:42:49 -0700
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a house fire in Forest Hill that left a family homeless Thursday morning. Fire crews were called to the house -- located on Forest Hill Avenue near Fairlee Road -- at around 6 a.m. after someone walking by the home noticed smoke. Crews responded to find nothing showing from the home, but later located flames underneath the floor.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 9:42:49 AM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Lake Monticello Firefighters Practice Rescuing People from Wrecked Vehicles
Wed, 16 May 2018 20:09:40 -0700
Firefighters in Fluvanna County are practicing using tools to help victims of motor vehicle accidents in the event of a real life-threatening situation. On Wednesday, May 16, volunteers with Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department conducted a training exercise to learn how to get people out of damaged vehicles faster.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 8:09:40 PM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC29
Roanoke police and fire departments face recruitment challenges
Wed, 16 May 2018 16:58:56 -0700
Who wants to be a police officer? Who wants to face the danger and stress of being a firefighter or paramedic? It's a question and struggle that local police and fire chiefs across the region are trying to solve. Medics, officers and firefighters play key roles in communities - but the job often comes with high stress, extensive training, long shifts, dangerous encounters and often low starting pay.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 4:58:56 PM - SOURCE: WFXR/WWCW FOX 21/27
LifeCare to take over ambulances in Danville, Pittsylvania County
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:00:22 -0700
In its Friday afternoon meeting the Ambulance Committee in Danville approved to issue a temporary permit to the company LifeCare to avoid losing ambulance services for the city and Pittsylvania County. Regional One Inc. (ROEMS) recently issued a letter stating that the company has been sold and after Sunday, it discontinued its ambulance services.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:00:22 PM - SOURCE: Chatham Star-Tribune
11-year-old honorary firefighter dies after 4 year cancer battle, celebrated by Campbell County community, firefighters
Wed, 16 May 2018 21:10:53 -0700
A firefighter's funeral took place in Campbell County Wednesday afternoon. 11-year-old Landon Martin was named an honorary firefighter in 2016. Last week, he died after battling brain cancer for four years. Wednesday afternoon ladders were raised and a flag was flying for a little boy who never had his chance to fight fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 9:10:53 PM - SOURCE: WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Gladys Volunteer Fire Department gets new fire truck, first in Virginia
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:49:40 -0700
The Gladys Volunteer Fire Department has a new fire truck that they say will help them fight brush fires. Their new truck cost $250,000 and is built to go off of the road. The fire chief says it can hold 1,500 gallons of water, compared to a normal truck that can only hold 250. This truck is the first in Virginia and the second on the east coast.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:49:40 PM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
Regional: Man Seriously Injured in Northeast DC House Fire
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
One man was critically injured after a row home caught fire in Northeast Washington. Firefighters were called to a row home on the 1600 block of Rosedale Street NE Thursday morning for a report of a fire. Firefighters found the injured man outside, in the back of the home. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Washington
Virginia government seeks drone operators to take pretty pictures, fight crime and survey disaster zones
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:58:16 -0700
As drones whir their way further into everyday life, Virginia is moving to streamline the purchasing process for state agencies, local governments and universities who want to use unmanned aerial vehicles but may not know where to start. Virginia is taking a leading role in a national contracting solicitation, or request for proposals, meant to produce a list of vetted drone operators that public officials can call on for a wide variety of missions, from assisting law enforcement and firefighters to flying over disaster areas after hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:58:16 PM - SOURCE: Martinsville Bulletin
Governor Northam Signs Bill into Law to Help Firefighters Access Mental Health Training
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:04:41 -0700
Governor Ralph Northam was in town on Tuesday, May 15, to sign a bill that will help firefighters deal with mental illness issues they may experience as a result of their job. This new bill will make it so that localities across the state have to offer mental health training and awareness for new and current firefighters on a yearly basis.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:04:41 PM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC29
Petersburg fire chief disputes report of resignation
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Petersburg Fire Chief Dennis Rubin sharply disputed a story — first reported by NBC Channel 12 on Friday — that he was resigning. Citing unnamed sources, NBC reported that Rubin, who has been fire chief in Petersburg for almost a year now, was planning on resigning. Rubin disputed the report, saying it was a “non-story.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Progress-Index
Hampton’s Division of Fire & Rescue receives state 'Agency of Excellence' designation
Wed, 16 May 2018 09:11:07 -0700
Hampton’s Division of Fire and Rescue this month received the “Agency of Excellence” designation from the Virginia Department of Health – Office of Emergency Medical Services. Hampton is the first agency on the Peninsula, the second in Hampton Roads and one of only eight in the state to receive the award.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 9:11:07 AM - SOURCE: Hampton, VA
Five graduate from Danville’s fire academy
Tue, 15 May 2018 17:34:19 -0700
Nearly 40 family members and friends on Friday celebrated the training academy graduation of the Danville Fire Department’s five newest professional firefighters. Each firefighter received their individual badge, which was then pinned to their uniform, and took the oath of office. The new firefighters are Zachary Griffin, Kevin Loveless, Brian Porter, Tanner Reed and Christopher Scott.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 5:34:19 PM - SOURCE: Martinsville Bulletin
Man Assaults Fairfax County Firefighter in Reston Hospital Center’s Emergency Room
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:09:51 -0700
A Fairfax County firefighter was assaulted in the emergency room of Reston Hospital Center (1850 Town Center Parkway) on Saturday at 9:40 p.m. Thomas Feeley, 25, of Reston, was charged with assault on a firefighter. Emergency personnel brought Feeley to the hospital because he was bleeding and stumbling around Reston Town Center.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 10:09:51 AM - SOURCE: Reston Now
Video shows how quickly a cigarette caused major fire at Fairfax County bank
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
New video obtained by ABC7 shows just how quickly throwing a cigarette on the ground can lead to a massive fire. Watch closely as flames ignite the mulch then a bush outside the United Bank in Fairfax. Within seconds the building is burning. "Never flick cigarettes into mulch or shrubbery," says Acting Fairfax Fire Chief John Caussin.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington