Cedar Drive Structure Fire
Sept 27, 2015 - Crews from Wintergreen Fire & Rescue, Rockfish Volunteer Fire Department and Augusta County were toned to the back side of Devils Knob Loop on friday around 7pm for a structure fire. First units arriving on the scene reported the home was in fact fully involved and all occupants were out of the building. They had checked out of the rental at approximately noon that same day. The home was a total loss but there were no injuries on scene.
RV Fire at Wintergreen Entrance
A-Shift battled a 30' RV fire on Beech Grove Road.
Units on scene:
Total Personnel - 7
WPD provided 3 units to reroute Beech Grove traffic by the gatehouse. Traffic delays were minimal.
Photo by Sergeant Steve Southworth, WPD
Wintergreen - Competition Wins!
Sept 27, 2015 - Last week we sent members of our staff to Virginia Beach to see how they fared in competition. We don't always participate, because quite frankly it's a bit costly. That said, in those years when it feels as if our Technical-Rescue-Team is hitting on all cylinders and they practice hard, we send them to see how they do. While they're there, the same group of people compete in as many competitions as possible.
A lot of rescue agencies from all over Virginia spend the entire year sharpening their skills for the Va Beach competition. To ride out of town with several trophies is a pretty big deal.
We competed in the following:
Vertical Rescue (Rope Rescue)
Vehicle Extrication - Heavy (Working off of Squad 1)
Vehicle Extrication - Modular (Working off of 178)
Advanced Life Support
Basic Life Support
EVOC - Instructor Category (Driving Competition)
EVOC - Non-Instructor Category (Driving Competition)
Our website was also submitted for judgement. I'm very pleased to say we won 1st place in this category. In this day and age, agencies live and die by their websites and I have long thought ours is outstanding. To be clear, I have nothing to do with this. Michael Barber maintains the site. Mike Riddle is responsible for the complete overhaul years ago which brought us to the point we are today. Thanks to both Mikes for the wonderful tool our website has become.
You will see that we're the "runners up" in the Vertical Rescue category. There's more to the story. We were beaten by Westvaco Rescue, which the career department responsible for the huge paper mill near Covington. We were 40 seconds faster than their team, however they scored one more points than we did. Westvaco has been the powerhouse in Vertical Rescue for decades and there's certainly no shame in standing next to them on a podium.
As most of you know, we have a strong alliance with Waynesboro First Aid Crew and Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad. WFAC now has the state champion Vehicle Extrication (Heavy) team and SARS has the state champion Vehicle Extrication (Modular) team. Additionally, Kim Craig from SARS was elected President and will lead the VAVRS organization in 2016. Congrats to both agencies. Congrats also to Steve Southworth for completing 2 terms representing our local District.
Our teams finished each category as follows:
1st place - Website of the Year - Michael Barber, Mike Riddle
2nd place - Vertical Rescue Contest - Nick, Mike, Jeremiah, Ryan, Eric, Caleb, Tim - Alt.
2nd place - ALS Contest ...... this one is especially impressive - Jeremiah, Mike, Ryan, Eric, Caleb - Alt.
3rd place - EVOC instructor (Mike)
4th place - Extrication Contest (Heavy) - Nick, Mike, Caleb, Tim, Eric (Alt).
6th place - Extrication Contest (Ambulance) - Trey, Ryan, Jeremiah
8th place - EVOC instructor - (Tim, w/ Riverheads Fire Dept)
10th place - BLS Contest - Nick, Eric, Trey, Tim (Alt).
14th place - EVOC non-instructor - Jeremiah
House Fire in Nellysford
Sept 14, 2015 - Wintergreen Fire & Rescue, Rockfish Volunteer Fire Department and Piney River Volunteer Fire Dept were dispatched to a “fully engulfed” house fire. Upon arrival, the front porch and part of the kitchen were in flames. With aid of the new CAF system on Tanker 2, the fire was put out in just minutes. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire. Tanker 2, Engine 1, Chief 2, Response 173, Rockfish Trauma 56, Rockfish’s Tanker, and a Piney River unit responded to the call.
LOCKN on Sept 11, 2015
Sept 11, 2015 - Crews from Wintergreen Fire & Rescue and Lovingston Fire Department prepare for the kick-off to the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival which began with a tribute to fallen first-responders from 911 during which the American flag was deployed from Wintergreen Truck 1 while John Popper, lead member of the Blues Traveler played the National Anthem on harmonica. During the tribute all team members were called on stage to be recognized.
Approximately 20,000 people will spend the weekend on Lockn' Farm in Arrington VA for a music festival. Wintergreen provides 24/7 EMS coverage for approximately one week with up to as many as 36 persons per shift during the festival.
Photo credit: Josh Timmermans
Spartan Race and LOCKN
Sept 1, 2015 - We are half way between the Spartan Race and our upcoming stand by at LOCKN. See the photos below from our standby and Fly Out at Spartan, while checking back in soon for updates on LOCKN 2015.
RAM - Wise, VA
Aug 3, 2015 - For the fifth consecutive year, Wintergreen Rescue is proud to have participated in the outreach medicine project in rural Wise County VA. Wise County is deep in the coalmine country of Southwest VA and many residents don’t have access to healthcare. With five state capitals closer to Wise than their own, citizens in that region often fall through the cracks.
Remote Area Medical USA coordinates a mammoth free-medicine event each July of which the University of Virginia is a major sponsor. The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council “Task Force 2” deploys to support logistics and on-site critical care in conjunction with UVA Emergency Physicians. Wintergreen Rescue is a part of Task Force 2.
Each year we send one ambulance, one transport ATV, and one medic to be a part of the 5 day deployment. Thanks to Leza Sisley for making the trip this year and enduring the 18-hour work shifts. Thousands of citizens from all over the Country traveled to Wise County for the opportunity to receive free health care.
Below are photos of the Task Force 2 equipment cache, Wintergreen ATV1, and the Virginia State Police Medevac helicopter as they pick up a possible heart-attack victim for transport to Bristol.
Dump Tank Training
July 2, 2015 - Training is a critical part of every Fire Department. Recently, with the delivery of the new Tanker Truck, we gained a Dump Tank. This piece of equipment is used in Rural Water supply, to add another temporary source of water to a fire scene.
June 13, 2015 - Just recently, WTG Fire & Rescue was called for yet another incident at Crabtree Falls. The falls have now taken over 29 lives, since the count was started. Below is an article from the Staunton News Leader, about a young man who fell, and survived, last summer.
Verona man fell 75 feet ... and he survived
VERONA — Jeffrey Snook still has flashbacks of himself falling.
It comes in waves, but even almost a year after he slipped from the rocks while hiking at Crabtree Falls, he still relives that moment of descent.
On June 20, 2014, Snook was hiking with friends when he walked toward one of the rocks at the falls. It was a split second as he slipped on the wet algae and was sent spiraling down 75 feet.
He landed in a small pool of water, but rocks broke his fall.
Last weekend Franklin Miguel Madrana Guevara, a Northern Virginia resident, fell to his death at the falls, which made it the 29th or 30th victim of Nelson County’s Crabtree Falls area since the U.S. Forest Service began keeping records in 1982, according to an Associated Press article.
Snook and his fiancée, Ashlee Potter, had thought about going to the falls this past weekend, but opted not to.
“It’s so weird after hearing about that guy who fell over the weekend,” Potter said.
Snook has yet to return to the scene of his accident, but feels once he does, the flashbacks could stop.
“I haven’t had the guts to go back,” he said.
Last year wasn’t his first time hiking there. Snook has been there multiple times with family and friends. He said the markers on the trail aren’t well addressed and people can easily wander from the path.
“I was trying to get a better view and all I know is I went down,” he said.
The next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital. Wintergreen Fire and Rescue drove him an hour and half to the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was brought back to life three times while at the hospital, he said.
He shattered his pelvis, broke his arm and leg among a list of other injuries. The one thing was he didn’t hit his head, which saved his life.
“I don’t know how I survived, by the power of God I did,” Snook said.
He remained in the hospital for two months and had to do rehabilitation for his leg in order to walk again.
“We’re still amazed there were no head injuries whatsoever,” Potter said.
Snook has received multiple surgeries, and most recently had plates taken out of his hip, and had three large screws put in. He also had 150 staples in his body after the accident.
He severely bruised his back as well, but luckily he didn’t break it.
“I thought I’d never be able to walk again,” Snook said.
He still has an obvious limp and sometimes uses a cane to help him walk.
“I think that everybody’s first worry was he would be paralyzed,” said Isabelle Kincaid, Snook’s grandmother.
According to representatives at George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, the Crabtree Falls hiking area is adequately marked.
But Snook said the trails need maintenance, including the stairs near the falls which he said are extremely slippery.
But forestry service signs do warn against the slick algae and staying away from the falls, according to its website.
District Forest Ranger Lauren Stull said since 2010 there have been two serious injuries and three accidental deaths on the falls.
“We have a variety of warning signs and or railings or barrier the length of the Crabtree Falls trail,” she said. “Those signs warn hikers of potential dangers near the falls.”
“In the past, most accidents have occurred when hikers have moved beyond the trail, past signs or barriers,” she added.
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June 6, 2015 - More photos and the specifications on our newest apparatus: 2015 Rosenbaur Pumper/Tanker on a 2015 Mack Granite Chassis. 2500 gallons of water. 1500GPM Waterous pump with Compressed Air Foam System. 505 horse-power engine with Allison automatic transmission.
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