Fire and Rescue

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. […]

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. […]

Fire and Rescue

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. […]

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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. […]

Fire and Rescue

Fire and rescue calls for Jan. 25

Friday, Jan. 19: 2:37 a.m. — Jericho Road, Flint Hill, stroke, companies 1, 3, 4 and 9; 1:56 p.m. — Lee Highway, Washington, public service, company 1; 2:03 p.m. — Chilton Lane, Sperryville, structure fire, companies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. […]