They say March comes in like a lion…which we can agree with at GVFRS. With over 15 calls on March 2nd alone and the rest of the month maintaining a large volume of calls, we are looking forward to see what April holds.
Friday March 2nd- The day the county burned!
Started off at 4AM with a tractor trailer accident on Piedmont Road. Then toned for multiple trees down across the Gladstone area.
Around noon, the brush fires started and we had personnel fighting for over 10 hours in multiple counties. Brownings Cove and Falling Rock fires being the main ones.
While Lovingston (Company 1) crews were out, Gladstone personnel helped cover their station and responded to an MVC on Thomas Nelson HWY at about 8PM.
After more Lovingston personnel became available, Gladstone crews staffed the Company 4 building until about midnight.
Friday March 16, Prescribed Burn at James River State Park.
The prescribed burn was cancelled due to high wind and low humidity. GVFRS went to provide support with the department UTV.
Monday March 19, Traffic Accident on Lime Plant Rd
February was a great month for GVFRS. The monthly business meeting had very good attendance. A vendor came and spoke to the department, as well as sized multiple members for possible new gear.
The rescue side covered many calls throughout the month.
February 5- MVC on Tye River Road.
Department members worked mutual aid with multiple other fire and EMS agencies, including Lovingston, Faber, Wintergreen and Amherst.
February 11- Public Service Call on Gladstone Road.
Crews responded to pump water from a flooded roadway after large amounts of rainfall. After 5 hours, the road was able to be reopened. A big thank you to the residents of Gladstone who provided food for the volunteers.
Packing up hose after a call.
February 13- Structure fire on Thomas Nelson Highway.
Gladstone crews responded to this call late Tuesday night and stayed on scene for over 10 hours battling this blaze. A huge amount of personnel and apparatus responded from across the area.
February 23-25- 2018 Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference.
GVFRS was able to send four members to the 2018 VFRS conference at the end of the month. They attended classes throughout the weekend and plan to share new ideas with the department. They also were able to attend the Expo, during which they talked and networked with vendors.