Company 5 along with Berglund Outdoors is proud to present our next fundraising raffle. We are raffling off a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400 H.O.. This is the perfect vehicle for hunting, trail riding and working around the house and would make a great Christmas Present. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any firefighter. Additional ticket sale dates and locations will be announced via Facebook and Twitter so be sure and follow us on both. Drawing will be held on November 22nd at 2PM at the firehouse during the Frolic in Forest Holiday Bazaar, the winner does not need to be present to win. Thank you for your continued support and good luck!
Company 5 was assigned to Route 460 at Jubal Early Drive for a Tractor Trailer on fire. Chief 5 arrived to find one tractor trailer on the side of the roadway with heavy fire showing from the cab. Law enforcement and VDOT shut down both east and westbound lanes of 460 to allow fire crews access. Engine 51 arrived shortly after Chief 5 and pulled 2 hand lines for an aggressive fire attack. Engine 5A arrived and assisted with securing water supply while Rescue 5 assisted E51 crew. Fire was brought under control in under 20 minutes however crews also had to deal with a 175 gallon diesel fuel leak from the truck’s saddle tanks. Crews diverted the flow of diesel from storm drains and assisted clean up contractor WEL with clean up of the spill. There were no injuries and the roadway was reopened within a few hours.
At 16:42 hours Company 5, Company 3 (second due), Ladder 1, County 10, Medic 14-5 and Squad 5 were assigned to Hawkins Mill Road for smoke inside of a residence. Medic 14-5 was first to arrive to find smoke showing from all 4 sides of the residence. Lt. Welsh arrived and established command and declared the incident a working fire. Engine 5 (with 5) arrived and advanced a line through the garage into the interior along with Medic 14-5. Crews encountered high heat and smoke conditions throughout. Engine 51 (with 4) arrived shortly after Engine 5 and advanced a second line through the front door. Both crews encountered fire on Division 1 with extension to the basement and some to Division 2. Ladder 1 was put to work on arrival for aerial operations so Brookville-Timberlake was toned to fill the RIT. Fire was marked under control roughly an hour into the incident and extensive salvage and overhaul took place. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bedford County Fire Marshall’s Office. Special thanks to the Forest Vol. Fire Company Auxiliary for providing much needed food and rehab during the incident. Units operating E5, E51, R5, U5, R3, U3, L1, E12-3, LFD E7, LFD T-2, Air 1, County 10, Medic 14-5, Squad 5, Squad 6, CCPS Medic 8-7, C16, C1602, Lyn Dan Heights FD (covering Station 5).
Company 5 is proud to announce the newest edition to the fleet is in service. Engine 51 is a 2014 Pierce Impel with a 1000 gallon tank and 1500 GPM pump. This unit replaces Pumper 5 which was a total loss after overturning just over a year ago. The truck committee of Asst. Chief. Eggleston, Captain Starnes, Lt. Welsh, FF Styles and FF Thomas did a tremendous job and spent countless hours speccing and designing every aspect of the truck and we cannot thank them enough. Several members mounted equipment and trained on the truck immediately after delivery to ensure it was in service quickly. It did not take long at all for it to be needed as it’s first call was the working structure fire on Hawkins Mill Road. All members of the company are very glad to have the truck in service and look forward to many years of exceptional use.
At 13:11 Company 5, Company 12 (Brookville-Timberlake) Second Due and RIT, Squad 5, Medic 14-5 were assigned to Everett Road for a possible structure fire. Engine 5 (with 6) and Medic 14-5 arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the eaves of the residence and marked it a working fire. Engine 5 and 14-5 stretched a line to the interior and found a dryer on fire. Interior crews knocked the fire down quickly. They checked for extension and performed a primary search both of which were negative. Wagon 5 arrived, DC5 (S. Evans) assumed command and established water supply. Rescue 5 controlled utilities and Engine 12-1 performed ventilation. Quick work by the first arriving crews kept the fire to the room of origin. Units on scene operating Engine 5, Wagon 5, Rescue 5, Engine 12-1, Medic 14-5, Medic 5-8
Company 5 and Squad 6 were assigned at 1844 hours to the intersection of Forest Road and Mays Farm Road for a MVC with possible pi. Engine 5 (with 5) arrived to find a 2 vehicle rear-end MVC, one vehicle with heavy damage and one lane of Forest Road shut down. EMS advised that there was entrapment and Command (Lt. Burnette) advised Rescue 5 they would be going to work on arrival. Engine 5 stretched a protection hand line, stabilized the vehicle and assisted Medic 6-4 with patient care. Rescue 5 (with 4) arrived and removed both driver’s side doors and the B-post in 7 minutes to allow for patient access. Units cleared the scene once roadway was reopened.
Company 5 has been selected as one of the Top 20 Finalists in Johnsonville Sausage’s Best of US Volunteer Fire Departments Contest. The grand prize winning company receives a $10,000 prize, Johnsonville products, training materials and smoke alarm equipment to install in 100 homes in the community. Voting beings today May 20 and runs thru June 20th. You can to go www.johnsonville.com/bestofus to vote. You can vote once per day per email address. Please spread the word so we can get as many votes as possible and as always thank you for the continuing support.
Around 17:00 hours Company 5 was dispatched as second due and RIT to Centerville Road in Company 1′s first due. Company 1 arrived to find several piles on fire with exposures being threatened. Engine 5 arrived and pulled additional lines as a third attack group. Rescue 5 arrived and assisted with moving machinery away from the fire as salvage group and Tanker 5 operated as Water Supply. Company 12 (Brookville-Timberlake) covered Station 5 while units were operating.
Company 5 was dispatched around 15:20 hours for a brush fire caused by a power line on Lick Run Farm Road. Brush 5, Brush 5A and Tanker 5 arrived in the area and had difficulty finding access to the fire. Access was finally found off of Blackwater Road and a size up of a 15 acre fire was given. Mutual aid was received from Company 1, Company 7, Company 12 (Campbell) and VDOF. A VDOF bulldozer made a line around the fire and extensive overhaul on hot-spots commenced. Scene was turned over to VDOF. Special thanks to the FVFD Ladies Auxiliary and Dominos Pizza-New London for providing rehab for the fire.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Rainy and foggy conditions covered the Forest area for most of the day. The first run started at 0748 for a 2 Car MVC at Forest Road and Cottontown Road. Engine 5 & Rescue 5 controlled the scene, Medic 14-5 transported one patient to LGH and Medic 5-4 obtained a refusal. Second call was assisting Medic 14-5 with an EMS Call on Hooper Woods Drive at 1121. The third run of the day was at 1632 to respond to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest for a fire alarm. Engine 5 arrived and encountered a smoke condition in the basement caused by a malfunctioning chimney. Units extinguished the fire in the fire box and ventilated the structure for the staff. While on this call we were assigned along with Medic 14-5 to the 19000 block of Forest Road for a 2 car MVC. Wagon 5 cleared the first call and handled this along with Rescue 5. Units secured the scene and controlled hazards while 14-5 obtained 2 patient refusals. The busy year continues for Company 5.