Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.
Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.
The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above).
Firefighters don't have the opportunity to train for every type of rescue operation they may eventually face, but Henrico firefighters did have a real-world training opportunity last weekend, thanks to frigid temperatures in the county.
The Division of Fire’s Specialty Rescue teams practiced ice rescues at a partially frozen lake in Three Lakes Park in northern Henrico Feb. 20. The Technical Rescue team, Hazardous Materials team and the Search and Rescue Dive team joined forces to practice skills needed to successfully pull victims out of a frozen lake.
One of the team members in a special ice suit was placed in the water, and team members practiced rescuing him using some of the specialized equipment. In one scenario, a Carlson board and ice spikes were used to make it out on the ice to the victim and ropes were used to pull both of them back.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/23/2015 Public Safety
No one was injured but a family of six will be displaced for a short period of time as the result of a fire at a house in the 2700 block of Harvie Road Feb. 23.
Henrico Fire units responded to the fire at 11:33 a.m. and found smoke coming from the front of the house. Inside the home, fire crews found fire in the kitchen of the single story home. The fire had spread to the living room and attic area of the home. Fire crews were able to keep the fire contained to that portion of the home, and it was quickly extinguished. The fire was marked under control at 11:49 a.m.
Henrico Police arrested a man in connection with five commercial robberies that took place between Jan. 28 and Feb. 22 at Henrico businesses. Police charged 22-year-old Adonte Montice Baskerville with robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with a commercial robbery early Feb. 22 in the 5700 block of Williamsburg Road. Additional charges are pending in connection with other robberies in the 5200 block of Airport Square Lane; the 8000 block of West Broad Street; the 5100 block of Williamsburg Road; and the 5600 block of Chamberlayne Road.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/18/2015 Public Safety
A Henrico County man was arrested after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Jan. 15, when the TSA officers detected a gun along with dozens of rounds of ammunition in his carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected the .22 caliber semi-automatic gun loaded with six rounds in the Sandston, Virginia, resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. TSA officers also detected an additional magazine loaded with six more rounds and a pill case with 48 more bullets inside of it, all in the traveler’s carry-on bag.
Henrico County Police Feb. 6 arrested two men in connection with a commercial robbery that occurred Feb. 4 in the 6000 block of West Broad Street.
Police arrested and charged Berkley Cleaves Wade, 51, of the 7400 block of Somoa Drive in Henrico, with one count of robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. They also arrested and charged Tracy Jerome Crisp, 50, with possession of cocaine relating to the robbery.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/07/2015 Public Safety
Henrico County Division of Fire’s Technical Rescue Team conducted joint training with the Regional USMC Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) Feb. 2-6. The two teams conducted joint training focusing on skills for rope rescue, confined space, and tactical applications.
The training session Friday combined together all of the skills reviewed during the week into one scenario. The scenario began with the report of a catastrophic incident, and the CBIRF team responded in to assist. The team then searched for missing workers in a quarry.
Henrico Police arrested and charged a 19-year-old Florida man and two 17-year-olds with several crimes, following two incidents of larceny from automobiles in the Far West End Jan. 24.
Ricardo Jean-Marie of Pompano Beach, Fla. was charged with 10 counts of credit card theft and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit credit card theft. He is being held in the Henrico County Jail. The 17-year-olds each were charged with one count of credit card theft and are being held in Henrico County Juvenile Detention.
Henrico Fire units quickly extinguished a structure fire at the Mondelez (Nabisco) factory in Varina Jan. 20. The factory manufactures Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, Ritz and Wheat Thins crackers and Premium saltines.
The fire was reported at 8:10 p.m., and first-arriving units reported fire from the roof of the facility. Inside the factory, fire crews found fire in an oven on the second floor and a vent stack leading to the roof. Crews continued to the roof and found fire in the roof structure around the vent stack.
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