Structure Fire on the Mtn
January 25, 2015 - At approximately 3:30PM on January 25 Wintergreen Fire Department was dispatched for a report of smoke coming from a structure on Devil's Knob. As soon as responders passed by the Mountain Inn a column of heavy black smoke was visible. Upon arrival crews found a two-story unoccupied structure with heavy fire. The roof was starting to collapse prior to arrival of the first fire apparatus.
The structure was a total loss. There were no injuries. The blaze was under control after approximately 60 minutes, with an additional 2 hours needed for salvage and overhaul. There was no damage to neighboring structures.
Apparatus/Personnel On Scene
Wintergreen Truck 1
Wintergreen Engine 1
Wintergreen Engine 2
Wintergreen Utility 7
Wintergreen Medic 178
Wintergreen Medic 176
Wintergreen Response 174
Wintergreen Chiefs 1, 2, and 3
Wintergreen FD Volunteers 6
Wintergreen PD x 2 units
Wintergreen Ski Patrol/Wintergreen Resort - 6
Piney River FD Salvage 22 with 2
Wilson FD (Augusta) Engine 191 and Salvage 197 w 8
Rockfish FD Engine 51 and Tanker 53 Filled Wintergreen Station 2 plus 3 FFs at Scene
Stuarts Draft FD filled Wilson FD
Nelson County Service Authority - 1
All totaled 39 personnel, of which 22 were from Wintergreen.
Tanker 3 Update
January 16, 2015 - We have just recieved new photos of the tankers progress, check out the pump testing and rear dump.
John Claman - Life Membership
January 1, 2015 - John is our newest Life Member after having volunteered over 1,000 hours each year for several consecutive years. To become a Life Member of the Rescue Squad a volunteer must be peer nominated and approved. Congrats John!
December 23, 2014 - Chimney Fire reported. Valley station responded. Engine 1 and Response 9 arrived on location to find the fire was located within the stack, and in the basement. The fire was extinguished, and the property was saved. All residents were able to exit the building safely.
Rockfish Structure Fire
December 19, 2014 - Structure Fire on Rockfish Valley Highway. Engine 1, Rescue 173, Engine 51, Tanker 53, and Tanker 34 responded. Although property was damaged, all residents were able to exit the building safely.
Tanker 3 Update
December 3, 2014 - We just recieved an updated photo of the rear of the tanker. Why is the truck so big, one may ask. One cubic foot of space holds only 7.5 Gallons of water... and Tanker 3 will hold 2500 gallons!!
Ski Season is Close
November 21, 2014 - Morning view of Response 173, from the Overlook. The Resort is at full steam ahead, making SNOW!!
American Flag App
We now have an American Flag App on our website. Are you ever curious if the flag at your house is suppose to be at half staff? You can check out the bottom of our left tool bar, on the main page of the website every day, to keep up with this now. Download it to your mobile device as well! (See todays sample below).
Blue Ridge Pig's Smokehouse Fire
November 11, 2014 - Tuesday morning around 9:30am Wintergreen Fire, Rockfish Fire and Faber Fire responded to the Smokehouse behind the Blue Ridge Pig in Nellysford for a report of a fire. The building was found to be taken over by fire. With the hard work of all three departments, the fire was extinguished.
Station 2 Dedication Ceremony
Oct 18th, 2014 - Wintergreen Fire and Rescue welcomed a large group of community and family members to visit our new station renovation and dedication today. The dedication to Frank Ott was accompanied by a Squad Truck extrication demonstration and Ladder Truck ropes demonstration. Thank you to everyone who came to visit, and if you did not get the chance, please know our doors are always open, and you are welcome to visit any time!
New Volunteer EMT's
October 15nd, 2014 - We want to take a moment to congratulate two of our newest EMT's. Jordan Bentz and Ashley Harper have both completed and passed their EMT classes. Please take a moment to congratulate them the next time you see them.
Sept 22nd, 2014 - Another Lockn' Music Festival is in the books and once again Wintergreen Fire & Rescue is proud to call itself the official and exclusive EMS Vendor for the event. Over 35,000 attendees called Nelson County home for the four-day camping event at the beautiful Oak Ridge Estates in Arrington. With a musical lineup including the likes of Willie Nelson and Tom Petty, just to name a few, there's no surprise the attendance numbers surpassed last year.
(One of the main stages lights up the midnight skies as tens of thousands of festival attendees enjoy their Lockn' experience.)
Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Camp Jeep.....all sizable special events for which Wintergreen has provided medical services. All pale by comparison to Lockn'. The music festival is a stress test for every muscle within our organization. Think of it as a 96 hour live drill. Five treatment areas, seven all-terrain vehicles, multiple walking teams, mountain-bike medics, and multiple emergency physicians all work together to care for festival goers with the goal of the fewest possible transports to hospitals possible.
("Main Medical" appropriately named is essentially a remote emergency room staffed with Physicians, Nurses, and Paramedics to care for those patients requiring extended care. The 50x50 climate controlled tent was stocked for just about any medical emergency imaginable.)
How often to medics get to work side by side with physicians from start to finish while caring for patients? Almost never. At Lockn', its the standard procedure. Nearly 1,000 patient contacts yielded only 11 transports. Obviously this translated into a very busy Main Medical tent.
Volunteers from Wintergreen Rescue and surrounding agencies combined with career staff from three Counties to amass a small army of providers. During peak periods there were as many as 40 team members working at once.
(Captain Barry Eastep tracks the movement of individual teams as calls for service are processed in the command area. Communications is always challenge #1 at any large event. Having a dedicated, controlled, command area is essential.)
(Finally, the command area sits quiet in the pre-dawn hours of Monday. After 4 days and literally thousands of man-hours our stress test is over. We passed!)
*Lockn' LLC pays for 100% of all costs associated with providing medical care at the music festival. Wintergreen Fire & Rescue was granted permission to use copyrighted material in this article.
Station 2 Dedication
Sept 25th, 2014 - Wintergreen Fire and Rescue will hold the re-opening of Station 2 and Dedication Ceremony on Oct 18th from 1pm until 4pm. The Frank Ott Dedication ceremony will be at 3pm. Light refreshments will be served as well. Please come see the new expansion and our new home.
New Apparatus Coming Soon...
June 3rd, 2014 - Wintergreen Fire and Rescue has had the pleasure of accepting the chassis for our new Tanker. Next stop is the truck body manufacture in South Dakota. If all goes well, we will have the finished product by Christmas. Check back soon for more information and updates!
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