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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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Twin Hickory Library will host a lecture and exhibit on the history of jazz music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presented by Earle R. Gullins, Jr., history professor at ODU and president of the Lee Morgan Jazz Club. Enjoy a journey through jazz history, from Scott Joplin to Wynton Marsalis, and explore the many idioms of jazz. For details, call 501-1920 x5 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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