August 9, 2016 - Judy Meincke has been with Wintergreen Rescue Squad for fourteen years and taken on many roles to help the squad. Judy has earned life membership and was an EMT/AIC for many years. Unfortunately, Judy will be moving away from the Wintergreen community to be with family and will no longer be with us. We will all miss Judy and wish her well on new adventures. Judy was presented with an award of appreciation and recognition for her service to the squad. Thank you again Judy, we will miss you!
July 6, 2016 - On shift our firefighters participate in training of all types. This week we have been practicing roof work with the Ladder Truck and saws. Check out the photo below.
Wood Pile Fire in Nelson County
May 27, 2016 - Wintergreen was toned for a county wide request for tankers. Arriving on scene to find a large pile wood on fire at a lumber yard in Lovinginston. Lovingston tanker 12, Lovingston engine 10 and Piney River FD Brush 24 on scene were already on scene. The fire was worked for approx 5 hrs to contain the spread. Units on scene were Wintergreen Tanker 2, Lovingston tanker 12, Lovingston Engine 10 and Piney River FD Brush 24, Piney River FD Tanker 26, Gladstone Engine 40, Gladstone Tanker 42, Rockfish Tanker 53, Amherst Co Engine 3, Pedlar Fire Tanker 1, Monelison FD Tanker 1, Monelison Engine 2, Amherst Co Public Safty Unit 800, Roseland Rescue 129, VA Dept of Forestry Dozer and Wintergreen Medic 29. 2 drop tanks were used in the shuttle of water from the Colleen area. No injuries were sustained on the incident. All agencies worked hard to keep fire contained, and Chief 11 of Lovingston was in command. For additional photos from the call, see our Flicker - Call Response 2016 Album.
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.
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.
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