Blue Ridge Fire Department
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All_Apparatus_Station_PhotoWELCOME!
The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Botetourt County, Virginia, welcomes you to our website. We serve the community of Blue Ridge, Virginia in southeastern Botetourt County nestled amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains and just northeast of the City of Roanoke, Virginia.

VOLUNTEER!
The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department is always looking for new members interested in serving their community in a special way. If you are interested in joining our department as an operational member or if you just THINK you might be interested please contact us. There is an online application under the “MEMBERSHIP” tab. Complete it and bring it by the station or mail it in.

The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department also has a Support Team that assists with activities such as fundraisers, administrative functions, maintenance, and firefighter rehab operations at fire scenes. Anyone interested in the Support Team is encouraged to contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to fill out the online application and bring it by the station or mail it in.

DONATE!
The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department relies on the donations of the community to operate. We now offer an ONLINE DONATION option to allow you to make a secure donation through PayPal. Check it out here. Your donations are important to the continued success of your local fire department.

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The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department has created a Facebook page to connect with our residents and friends.

NEWS!

July 7, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle crash on Archway Road. Upon arrival, crews found a total of three patients, one of which would need to be extricated. All patients appeared to have only suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the local trauma center.

June 18, 2014 -The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad was dispatched to a reported fire at the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Coyner Springs. First arriving units found that the fire had been contained by sprinklers and the remaining fire was extinguished.

June 6, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad was sent to General Shale Brick on Webster Rd for a reported structure fire. Units arrived to find that the fire had been contained by fire extinguishers used by a plant employee. Crews controlled the fire, ventilated the building, and completed an overhaul before returning to service.

May 15, 2014 - The Insurance Services Office (ISO) has released its new classification for the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and its first due protection area. After reviewing the fire department, water supply system, and County dispatch center, a split classification of 6/6Y was given and will take effect starting August 2014. Homes and businesses within 1000 feet of a hydrant and within 5 road miles of the fire station will be rated as a 6. Those structures outside of the hydrant requirement, but within 5 road miles will receive a 6Y rating (formerly referred to as 8B). ISO scores range from 1 (superior fire protection) to 10 (fire protection doesn't meet minimum standards). The Department will continue to work with ISO, Aqua Virginia, Botetourt Co. Dispatch, and Botetourt Co. Fire & EMS over the next few years to identify and implement ways to improve the ISO rating and subsequently enhance fire protection and lower insurance rates for Blue Ridge residents.

March 29, 2014 - In late 2013, the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with the Rescue Squad and Botetourt County, was awarded an 80/20 grant from the VA Office of EMS for new extrication tools. Since then, the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department had been searching for a fire department in need of extrication tools that would welcome the previous Blue Ridge set. The membership specifically sought a rural department that didn't have any extrication tools prior to and didn't have the financial means to purchase a set with or without a competitive grant. In early 2014, the Moorefield Store Volunteer Fire Department in the southern section of Patrick County, Virginia was identified and selected. The Blue Ridge membership held only one stipulation in exchange for freely donating the used extrication tools--Moorefield Store would have to setup and attend an extrication session taught by Blue Ridge members, so that they would be familiar and able to use the "new" tools immediately. That session occurred on March 29 and was well attended by both agencies. The Department hopes that by donating these tools, a significant and positive difference can be made in a community that would otherwise have to wait an extended amount of time for extrication services.

March 22, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad participated in the annual Colonial Elementary School Carnival. Twelve volunteer firefighters setup shop making hot dogs and popcorn to sell, in addition to showing off the trucks to the general public. The Department managed to sell out of hot dogs within the first few hours. All profits were split between the elementary school and the fire department. The Department looks forward to attending next year's carnival.

March 11, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department responded to two calls related to wildfires. The first call was for an illegal burn that became out of control and threatened to spread upward to national forest land and near additional private property. A quick attack by Brush 1 managed to contain the fire to its place, and was later controlled after additional crews arrived. The second response was for smoke coming off "Salt Pond" Mountain in the Troutville area. Blue Ridge was assigned to check for any signs of smoke or fire from the Blue Ridge Parkway. A visible plum of smoke was located on the peak of the mountain. Teams from Troutville and Blue Ridge were sent to Salt Pond Road and then up along the Appalachian Trail, where the fire was found at an outpost at Fullheart's Knob. Thanks to the use of motorized transport, the fire was contained within an hour.

February 23, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department was adding to a structure fire call in the Troutville area after fire was found in the rear corner of a house. Wagon 1 and Air 1 responded and assisted fireground operations for over 2 hours. A family of six has been displaced according to reports. The Roanoke Times and WSET 13 have more on the fire. Donations for the displaced family can be made online here.

February 15, 2014 - The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2014 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia. Specifically, the 4 p.m. law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.  However, Botetourt County residents are asked to use extreme caution with fire during this critical period.  Seasonal winds dry out woody and grass fuels that have accumulated over the winter and greatly increase the danger of wildfire.  Outdoor burning at any time should be avoided. A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.

February 2014 - The Roanoke Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is conducting free training in February and March on disaster preparedness and response.  This program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. See the news release for further information.

January 23, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department elected Nick Carroll to the vacant Lieutenant position. In addition, newcomer Dillon Anderson was accepted to a six month probationary period. Anderson is currently enrolled in the Botetourt County Fire Academy. Congratulations to both.

January 22, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department's Air 1 was dispatched to Craig Creek Rd near Eagle Rock, for a working structure fire related to a police incident. Air 1 responded, but crews from Eagle Rock were able to quell the fire prior to Air 1's arrival. The fire has been ruled as arson and a subject is in custody.

January 18, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched as 2nd Due to a working flue fire in the Shady Grove area of Bedford County. Units from Blue Ridge and Bedford Co. managed to contain the fire to the chimney and extinguish it.

January 7, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department was added to a working structure fire in the Thaxton area of Bedford County. Blue Ridge provided additional manpower to support ongoing fireground operations. Crews made a valiant effort to stop the fire from spreading throughout the entire house during the arctic weather, however the house was deemed a total loss.

January 7, 2014 - Blue Ridge, Read Mountain, and Botetourt Co. crews were requested for a well pump house on fire threatening a nearby home in the Coyner Springs area. Crews arrived and quickly contained the fire without further incident.

January 6, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad was called to a multi vehicle crash near the Blue Ridge Blvd and Stonehaven Ln intersection. All parties involved reported minor to no injuries.

January 4, 2014 - The Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad responded to a single vehicle MVC with entrapment near the Parkway overpass on Route 460. The single patient was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the trauma center by ambulance.

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