Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Awards
May 25, 2016 - Earlier this month, Wintergreen Rescue Squad was recognized by the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council during their 2016 Awards Ceremony. First, the James A. Nogle Jr. Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness & Response. Second, the 2016 Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety. In 2015, Wintergreen Rescue Squad put into service our Mass Casualty Incident Trailer.
Fire Department Training
May 14, 2016 - A preview of a Live Burn Training we hosted today. For additional photos in our Flickr Album.
Chief of Fire Operations Announced
April 20, 2016 - After a thorough search, Wintergreen Fire & Rescue is pleased to announce that Charles “Trey” Crawford will take over the position of “Chief of Fire Operations” on Monday April 25.
Trey has 25 years of experience within the industry serving as a volunteer and career provider in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia region. Trey has been an employee of Wintergreen Fire & Rescue for several years and brings significant local knowledge to the table.
Trey will be responsible for every aspect of fire suppression and fire prevention at Wintergreen. He will build upon a solid foundation established by the previous Chief who recently retired. Trey will collaborate with the Chief of EMS Operations, Mike Riddle to create the strongest possible cross-trained department.
The staff and volunteers congratulate Chief Crawford and look forward to continuing to provide property and life protection services at Wintergreen and in the surrounding Counties of Augusta and Nelson.
Passing of a Lifetime Member
March 30, 2016 - It's with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dick Gilliland, lifetime volunteer of Wintergreen Rescue Squad. Dick was a very devoted husband, father, and life-long civil servant. Most notably, Dick was a Brigadier General in the United States Marine Corps.
Dick was instrumental in the rebirth of Wintergreen Rescue in 1996 and steered the organization as it's President for many years. It takes a very solid leader to step back and let others lead. Dick did that.
Over the past few years Dick has battled Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. This morning he succumbed to complications, and now he rests. Dick would have turned 80 next month.
There will be a celebration of Dick's life later in the year.
The Gilliland family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to the Wintergreen Volunteer Rescue Squad.
God speed General Gilliland, we will take it from here.
Wintergreen Police Dept Accreditation
February 20, 2016 - Wintergreen Fire & Rescue congratulates our colleagues and friends at the Wintergreen Police Department on their recent reaccreditation. Many city, county, and town police departments are not yet accredited. Wintergreen Police Department remains the only private force in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be credited and we're all very proud of their hard work. In the early days of Wintergreen there was only a security guard at the gate to ask a few questions of visitors and provide directions. Today our force uses state of the art equipment and remains trained and ready to react to scenarios ranging from simple traffic accidents to active shooters. Wintergreen Fire & Rescue, and certainly all residents of Wintergreen are very fortunate to have these professional men and women watching our backs.
February 16, 2016 - At 1300 hours, Wintergreen Fire & Rescue was dispatched for a shed fire. Tanker 2 arrived first to find flames showing. Units made an offensive attack with a quick knock down of the fire. No injuries reported. (Photos provided by Blue Ridge Life Magazine)
Structure Fire in Afton, VA
February 9, 2016 - At 2101 hours, Wintergreen Fire and Rockfish Fire & Rescue were dispatched for a chimney fire. The first unit arrived to find light smoke showing from the eves of the single family dwelling. Units made an offensive attack, encountering fire on 1st floor and attic, with a quick knock down of the fire. No injuries reported.
After over 3 decades, Chief Dobie Fish retires
February 7, 2016 - This month, Chief 2 Dobie Fish is hanging up his helmet for retirement. Starting as a volunteer and raising thru the ranks, he has been our Assistant Chief since 1989. A retirement party was held for Dobie earlier this week, were he was presented with an encased fire ax as a gift and reminder of all his hard work and effort.
Post Storm Jonas Thoughts from Chief Curtis Sheets
January 25, 2016 - "As we wrap up our storm weekend, I wanted to take a moment and thank all of the volunteers and staff who (for the most part willingly) got snowed in at the stations to assure adequate staffing and timely responses. Many volunteers pulled their entire shifts at the stations, a few even pulled overnight tours. We (staff) certainly notice and appreciate your extra effort.
All in all, it seems as if we made it through pretty well. We staffed 6 ambulance crews spread between three stations. We handled a fair amount of fire calls and a boat load of public service calls. Well over 200 extra staff hours were racked up by this storm. The dedication of the staff is second to none.
A sincere thank you to all."
Curtis Sheets, Chief
Attack 5 finds a New Home in Southwest VA
January 9, 2016 - Attack 5, (1990) was transferred this morning to the Simmonsville Volunteer Fire Department. This all-volunteer department is located in Craig County Virginia not too far from Blacksburg. Attack 5 has been a very solid truck for Wintergreen, is in great shape, and will continue to serve Craig County for many years.
Wintergreen Resort Opens for 2015-2016 Season!
January 5, 2016 - Wintergreen Resort will offically open for the 2015-2016 tomorrow at Noon. On your visit to the ski slopes, stop by and visit us at WTGFD Station 1. Photo credit: Wintergreen Resort, Facebook.
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