Henrico County VA

Preparing for trench rescues

The Henrico Division of Fire conducted three days of trench-rescue training exercises near Dabney Road earlier this month, practicing response efforts for the rare occasion when such an event occurs.

Trench incidents occur most frequently when companies fail to follow OSHA rules and regulations. The last such rescue in this region occurred in 2009.

Henrico fire officials and those from Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond participated in the training sessions, which covered two scenarios: a worker trapped beneath a backhoe that has slipped into a trench; and a worker trapped under a 2,500-pound block of concrete. Rescue dummies were used in the exercises, and crews uses wenches and airbags to lift the heavy objects and extract the “victims.”

The training was made possible in part by Brandywine Realty Trust, Chamberlain Mechanical Service Inc., Ruppert Landscape and Richmond Sign & Engraving.

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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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