Fire and Rescue

Fire and rescue calls for Aug. 9

Saturday, Aug. 4: 7:31 p.m. — Slate Mills Road, Sperryville, Sperryville, gas leak, companies 1, 2, 5 and 7; 9:20 p.m. — Castleton View Road, Castleton, smell of smoke, companies 2, 3 and 5; 10:21 p.m. — Hilltop Lane, Washington, public service, company 1. […]

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Through her commitment, young EMS captain aims for change

Calls come in unexpectedly and someone always needs to be at the ready — for anything. The not knowing used to be the hardest part about the job for volunteer Angelica Vittitow, the 25-year-old captain of Chester Gap’s emergency medical service (EMS). The greater challenge for her now, perhaps, is finding a way to make a job she does out of devotion to her community into a career. […]

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Staring fire in the face

It was a close call Friday night for firefighter Nick Billups of Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue, among the first responders to a house fire on Fodderstack Road near Washington. “I started moving [with a pike pole] what I thought was a log, but it was a gasoline can. […]

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American Red Cross proclaims three Rappahannock High students ‘Heroes’

The impact of the collision caused the driver to lose control of the bus, which flipped onto its side and came to a grinding halt in the middle of both eastbound lanes. The three older high school students — Moore, Ochoa and Guerreo — immediately came to the aid of the younger children. […]

Fire and Rescue

Virginia teenagers may rescue volunteer fire departments

Currently in Virginia, 16- and 17-year-olds can join a volunteer fire department only with parental or guardian consent and proper certification. SB 887, if signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, would allow these teens to join a volunteer fire department and participate in non-hazardous activities such as training exercises without consent. […]

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Missing in Rappahannock: young volunteer firefighters

The bill would allow Virginia teenagers, starting at age 16, to become members of volunteer fire and rescue squads, so long as they participate in non-hazardous activities. Beyond that, more dangerous firefighting duties would require both parental consent and proper certification. […]

Fire and Rescue

Fire and rescue calls for March 1

Friday, Feb. 23: 5:51 a.m. — Viewtown Road, Amissville, motor vehicle accident, company 3; 8:48 a.m — South Poes Road, Amissville brush fire, company 3; 3:10 p.m. — Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, stroke, companies 1, 5 and 7. […]